HSC Forum

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Convened by the Human Services Coalition, the HSC Forum facilitates community dialogues on topics impacting our local area. Topics and speakers that have been especially beneficial to the community have included Heating Tompkins (energy assistance programs), Planning and Implementing Successful Outreach to Underserved Populations, The Annual Local Funders Panel, and forums to discuss the impacts of state and local funding decisions.

The HSC Forum is free and open to the public and registration is not needed; all who are interested in human services and their efficient delivery are urged to attend.

Upcoming HSC Forums


Past HSC Forums

Thursday, July 22, 2021: New York State HERO Act – What Employers Need to Know

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On May 5, 2021 Governor Cuomo signed into law the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (the HERO Act) which is intended to prevent current and future occupational exposure to airborne infectious diseases at workplaces. The Act applies to private sector employers in New York State (municipalities or other government agencies excluded).

The HERO Act makes permanent some of the guidelines from the New York Forward initiative, including requiring employers to prepare and adopt model airborne infectious disease plans. 

Moreover, the HERO Act requires employers with ten or more employees to allow employees to establish joint labor management workplace safety committees. The Act applies to all airborne infectious diseases, not just COVID-19.

Emily A. Middlebrook, Esq., Labor & Employment attorney with Hancock Estabrook, LLP, provides an overview of the HERO Act, outline specific requirements and implementation timelines, and provide recommendations on what organizations can do to prepare for the new requirements. 


Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 2022 Tompkins County Budget Panel

A panel discussion of the 2022 Tompkins County budget. 

Panelists: Jason Molino, County Administrator, Shawna Black, Chair, Health & Human Services Committee, and Deborah Dawson, Chair, Budget, Capital & Personnel Committee. Henry Granison, Vice Chair, Health & Human Services Committee.

Administrator Jason Molino presented the fiscal and economic factors driving next year’s budget, including the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He will outline the 2022 budget process, which will take place over the next five months. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020: Funders Panel

A panel presentation with our community grantmakers! 

Panelists provided updates on their collective COVID-19 response, individual general funding cycles, and other funding opportunities.