Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner, Advocates Hail Benefits of Governor Paterson's Health Reforms in Schenectady

Visit Community Health Center, Hospital Outpatient Clinic, and Lead Abatement Initiative

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 5, 2009) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will visit community and health care providers, nutrition, childhood lead and obesity prevention programs, and primary care programs in Schenectady County on Friday, Feb 6 to discuss the health care reforms contained in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

News media are invited to join Commissioner Daines' Schenectady trip Friday where he will discuss the Governor's health care reforms by highlighting various programs and initiatives that will expand New Yorkers' access to health insurance, invest in primary and preventive care, increase food bank funding and prevent childhood lead poisoning.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., public health leaders; Carolyn Callner, Deputy Commissioner Schenectady County Health Department; health care professionals; and other community leaders.

WHAT: Discusses Governor Paterson's health care reforms while visiting the following venues: Schenectady County Legislative Chamber; a federally qualified health center; a WIC Center; a food pantry and soup kitchen that both receive state funding; a primary care residency program, a home under remediation for lead paint and a hospital-based outpatient primary care site.

WHERE: See attached itinerary.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 6.

CONTACT: Claire Pospisil, email: ctp02@health.state.ny.us or 518-474-7354 ext.1 or by cell at 518-935-8087.

Commissioner Daines Schenectady Itinerary for Friday, February 6

9 a.m. Schenectady County Legislative Chamber - Commissioner Daines is welcomed by City of Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton and Schenectady County Legislators.
620 State Street, 6th Floor, Schenectady, N.Y. 12305.
10 a.m. Hometown Health Center - Visits primary care provider and visits WIC program.
1044 State Street, Schenectady, N.Y. 12307.
11:15 a.m. Schenectady Inner-City Ministry (SICM) - Visits food pantry where people can also enroll in state health insurance programs.
839 Albany Street, Schenectady, N.Y. 12307.
12:15 p.m. City Mission of Schenectady - Visits the soup kitchen and the Ellis Family practice residency program.
311 Clinton Ave. Schenectady, N.Y. 12305
2 p.m. Childhood Lead Prevention Program - Site visit to a house under remediation for lead paint.
92 Elm Street, Schenectady, N.Y. 12304.
3 p.m. Ellis Hospital, McClellan Campus - Visits the hospital-based Outpatient Primary Care Site.
600 McClellan Street, Schenectady, N.Y. 12304.