Media Advisory: Health Commissioner to Visit Oneida, Madison and Onondaga Counties; Will Highlight Benefits of Governor Paterson's Health Reform Agenda

Expanded Health Insurance Coverage, Support for Primary Care, Obesity Prevention

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2009) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will visit community leaders, health care providers, nutrition and obesity prevention programs, and primary care programs in Oneida, Madison and Onondaga counties on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 11, to discuss the health care reforms in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed 2009-10 state budget.

News media are invited to cover Commissioner Daines' Central New York trip, where he will discuss the Governor's health care reforms by highlighting initiatives that will expand New Yorkers' access to health insurance, invest in primary and preventive care, and address the state's obesity epidemic.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; public health leaders; public health directors; health care professionals and other community leaders.

WHAT: Discuss Governor Paterson's health care reforms while visiting the Oneida County Refugee Health Clinic; SUNY Morrisville's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program; the Food Bank of CNY; Joslin Diabetes Center at SUNY Upstate Medical University; and Syracuse Community Health Center.

WHERE: See attached itinerary.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb.10 - Wednesday, Feb. 11.

CONTACT: Beth Goldberg, or (518) 944-0137

Commissioner Daines' Central New York Itinerary For Feb. 10-11

Tuesday, February 10
9 a.m. Oneida County Refugee Health Clinic to meet with staff/clients, review services.
Oneida County Health Department, 406 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501
12 p.m. SUNY Morrisville Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to meet with faculty and students to review research into obesity, conducted in cooperation with the Madison County Health Department.
Spader Horticulture Complex, 90 Eaton St., Morrisville, N.Y. 13408
2 p.m. Food Bank of Central NY to meet with staff, health care advocates and Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County Health Commissioner, to discuss Food Bank programs that support obesity prevention.
6970 Schuyler Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057
3 p.m. Joslin Diabetes Center at SUNY Upstate Medical University—Meet with SUNY and Diabetes Center staff to discuss operations, services, pediatric services prevention initiative.
3229 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214
Wednesday, February 11
8:30 a.m. Syracuse Community Health Center, to meet with staff to discuss facilitated enrollment for Child Health Plus, school based health program and dental services.
819 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202