State Health Commissioner to Speak on State's Efforts to Increase Access to Health Insurance at Legislative Forum

Also tours neonatal unit at Vassar Brothers Hospital; discusses New York's new Prevention Agenda at press conference; visits WIC program in Westchester County

New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. will be available to meet with press during the following events on Friday in recognition of National Public Health Week.

Friday, April 11

When:

  • 7:30 a.m.

Where:

  • Holiday Inn, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston

What:

  • Cancer Society Presentation: Commissioner Daines speaks about state efforts to increase access to health insurance at an American Cancer Society Ulster County Legislative Breakfast Forum. Other speakers will include U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, Assemblyman Peter Lopez, Senator John Bonacic and Senator William Larkin.
  • Open Press

When:

  • 10:30 a.m.

Where:

  • Vassar Brothers Hospital, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie

What:

  • Maternal/Child Health: Commissioner Daines discusses maternal and infant health and tours a neonatal intensive care unit. Participants will include Dutchess County Commissioner of Health Michael Caldwell and representatives of Vassar Brothers Hospital, March of Dimes and Dyson Foundation.
  • Open Press

When:

  • 11:15 a.m.

Where:

  • North Lobby, Vassar Brothers Hospital, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie

What:

  • Press Conference: Commissioner Daines participates in press conference on New York's Prevention Agenda goals, focusing on improved maternal, infant and child health outcomes; presents quality award to Vassar Brothers.
  • Open Press

When:

  • 1:30 p.m.

Where:

  • Westchester County Department of Health WIC Clinic, 20 S. Broadway #2, Yonkers

What:

  • Woman, Infants And Children (WIC) Program: Commissioner Daines visits a WIC program and participates in a healthy food demonstration provided to WIC clients.
  • No Press permitted due to client confidentiality

When:

  • 3:00 p.m.

Where:

  • St. John's Riverside Hospital, The Hope Center, 2 Park Avenue, Yonkers

What:

  • Hiv/Aids Services: Commissioner Daines meets with HIV/AIDS clients to discuss prevention, treatment and social support services.
  • No Press permitted due to patient confidentiality