State Health Commissioner To Visit Chenango, Cortland and Cayuga Counties on Tuesday as Part of National Public Health Week Tour

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2010) - As part of his 15-county National Public Health Week tour, on Tuesday State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will participate in local public health activities in Chenango, Cortland and Cayuga counties.

Norwich, Chenango County

8:00 a.m. - SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER AND COMMUNITY GARDENS

Commissioner Daines will tour Norwich High School's School-Based Health Center, which provides medical and dental services to students. After the tour, he will visit Norwich Community Gardens and discuss the importance of healthier eating in preventing obesity. Joined by Chenango County Public Health Director Marcas Flindt, Cindy Hill-Fink of the School-based Health Center, and representatives from the Norwich Community Garden (Cornell Cooperative Extension).

Location: Norwich City High School, 49 Midland Drive, Norwich 13815

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9:30 a.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Chenango County Public Health Director Marcas Flindt.

Chenango County Public Health Department, County Office Building, 5 Court St., Norwich 13815

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Cortland, Cortland County

11:30 a.m. -- TOBACCO AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will meet with Cortland County Health Department staff to learn about the county's Tobacco and Environmental Health programs, after which he will meet with community partners to discuss community collaboration and learn about the SUNY Cortland Health Education Program. Commissioner Daines will present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Cortland County Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm. Joined by Susan Eoannou of Cortland Regional Medical Center, and Bonnie Hodges and Jeanette Dippo of the SUNY Cortland Health Education Program.

Location: Cortland County Health Department, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland 13045.

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Auburn, Cayuga County

2:00 p.m. -- PREVENTION AGENDA COLLABORATION AND H1N1 RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will meet with Cortland County Health Department staff and community partners to discuss local public health initiatives and will present the H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Cayuga County Director of Health and Human Services Elane Daly. Joined by Cayuga County Health Department staff and Mary Beth Hogan of the Cayuga County WIC program.

Location: Historic Post Office Building/County WIC program, 160 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021

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3:15 p.m. - DAIRY FARM TOUR

Commissioner Daines will participate in a walking/riding tour of dairy operations at the WW Patterson Dairy Farm, which features a state-of-the-art manure digester. He will be joined by farm owner Connie Patterson.

Location: 1131 A-S Townline Road, Auburn, NY 13021

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