Rural Health Community Partners

National Rural Health Day is November 16, 2023

National Rural Health Day is about celebrating the Power of the Rural.   What makes Tompkins County strong is the combination of the unique and special city we call Ithaca, surrounded by rural communities and farms.  Over the past few years we’ve sat down with some of our rural health community champions to learn more about how they provide support to the rural communities they serve.  Our deepest thanks to them, and all the organizations and individuals that help to make these communities healthy places to live, work, and play!

Healthy fruits and vegetables for Nationa Rural Health Day
Click a title to read about our rural health community champions:

The Advocacy Center

Enfield Food Distribution Center

Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County

Brooktondale Community Center

Enfield Elementary

Trumansburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Human Services Coalition – NY Health Health Insurance Enrollment – JD Drader

Tompkins County Health Department

Office for the Aging: Dawn Sprague, Aging Services Specialist

Cayuga Medical Center – Rural Internal Medicine Residency Program

Foodnet- Jessica Gosa, Executive Director

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming – Natalie Hughes


To learn more about rural health initiatives visit