Changed Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to Visit Long Island, Highlight Governor's Paterson's Health Reforms

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 15, 2009)- State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will visit community leaders, health care providers, and nutrition and obesity prevention programs in Nassau County on Friday, Jan. 16, to discuss the health care reforms contained in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

News media are invited to attend all or parts of Dr. Daines' visits, where he will highlight the Governor's reforms that expand New Yorkers' access to health insurance, invest in primary and preventive care, and implement a comprehensive strategy to address the state's obesity epidemic.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; county public health directors, health care leaders, and advocacy organizations.

WHAT: Highlight Governor Paterson's health reforms during visits community health centers

WHERE & WHEN 11:45 a.m. -- Hempstead Community Health Center, operated by Nassau Health Care Corp. and Nassau University Medical Center to highlight Governor's proposals for expanded health insurance coverage and investments in primary and preventive care; 135 Main St., Hempstead.

1:30 p.m. -- Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center, operated by Suffolk County Health Services in collaboration with Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, to highlight Governor's proposals for health insurance coverage, access to primary care, funding for care provided to indigent people, and to commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (celebrated this year on Jan. 19); 1556 Straight Path, Wyandanch

CONTACT: Diane Mathis email dmm10@health.state.ny.us or (518) 817-6198.