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; all who are interested in human services and their efficient delivery are urged to attend.

Upcoming HSC Forums


Past HSC Forums

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 2023 Tompkins County Budget Presentation

Lisa Holmes, County Administrator, will be presenting on the 2023 Tompkins County budget. Also in attendance will be Shawna Black, Chair, Tompkins County Legislature and Dan Klein, Chair, Health & Human Services Committee. 

George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation of Tompkins County serves as the Forum’s facilitator.

Administrator Lisa Holmes will present the fiscal and economic factors driving next year’s budget. She will also review the 2023 budget process, which will take place over the next five months. 


Wednesday, March 9, 2022: Workforce Development in Health & Human Services – Challenges, Resources, and Strategies 

Join us for a panel discussion about Tompkins County workforce in the health and human services sector. We will address current workforce challenges, resources available to you and your agencies to support workforce development (training, funding, etc.), and potential strategies to navigate our current environment.


Brian Forrest, Vice President for Human Resources, Cayuga Medical Center

Joe Palladino, Adult Education Administrator, TST BOCES 

Cindy Sloan, Workforce Specialist, Tompkins County Workforce

Carrie Whitmore, Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, TC3/Biz 

Facilitated by George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation of Tompkins County


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.