Calendar of Events

CCN’s Lunch & Learn – Project Hope: A Response to the COVID Crisis @ Webinar
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us on Friday, October 22nd, from 12 to 1pm for a comprehensive look at the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) offered in our community. The mission of the CCP is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of natural and human-caused disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, through the provision of community-based outreach and educational services.

Guest speaker, Jill Lloyd, champions for NY Project Hope at the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST), will provide an overview of the CCP model, share key cornerstones of Crisis Counseling including the identification of strengths and coping skills, as well as reveal ten ways to build our own resilience. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the wonderful community efforts that are taking place to provide education, emotional support, and links to resources during these times!

Note: Due to Project Hope guidelines, we will not be recording this session. We encourage you to attend in person, as your schedule allows.

A Fresh Outlook on Rural Food Retail: Financing Food Retail Business @ Virtual
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

*This webinar is hosted by Rural Health Network of SCNY. All questions should be directed towards Erin Summerlee or Gabrielle Costley.

Rural Health Network of South Central New York is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, A Fresh Outlook on Rural Food Retail: Financing Food Retail Business! The webinar will be hosted on October 28th from 10am to 11am and is the second in a series that will continue over the next few months.

Rural food access is a complex problem. Disinvestment in rural areas over the past several decades resulted in population losses and the decline of food and retail businesses. Rural food retailers have struggled to stay open as economic conditions increased the miles people are traveling to work and shifted shopping habits away from community stores and towards regional shopping centers. Communities across the country are promoting rural food access and stopping the closure of rural food retail in a variety of innovative ways.

The Rural Food Retail Webinar Series: A Fresh Outlook on Rural Food Retail will highlight these successes while connecting stakeholders and developing an engaged learning community. Representatives from local and regional economic development agencies, local and regional planning and community development officials, foundations, university representatives, rural food retail operators, and other food system and community development professionals will all benefit from the series.

This second webinar on Financing Food Retail Business will feature speakers that will examine innovative ways for future business owners to fund their business or how current business owners can achieve a sustainable economic model for themselves. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A to discuss specific financing questions.

Webinar Presenters Include: 
Jack Seman, General Manager of Greater Good Grocery
Kathleen Clark, Senior Director of Community and Economic Development for Alternatives
Tina Barber, Program Officer for Community Foundation for South Central New York

Rural Cultural Competence: A Virtual Training for Rural Clinicians @ Virtual
Nov 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

*This training is being held by Rural Health Network of SCNY. All questions should be directed towards Mary Maruscak at

Rural Health Network SCNY’s Rural Cultural Competence professional development training is a strategy to address the need for cultural sensitivity among clinical and community based health and human services providers serving rural populations. Interest has grown exponentially over the past 3 years, and has been well-received by community-based partners in the Southern Tier region and beyond. 

The Training for Rural Practitioners is designed to expand the Rural Cultural Competence training to reach rural providers in the Care Compass Network region, thereby improving cultural sensitivity in approach and delivery to the rural Medicaid population. By participating, trainees will have the opportunity to assist with the final design of a capacity-building technical assistance and professional development training program with the potential to improve service delivery, communication and trust between providers and patients, and health outcomes overall. 

Time Commitment:

  • 2-hour training on November 5th
  • Two 1-hour skill sharing workshops on November 19 and December 3
  • Three electronic evaluation and feedback surveys

* A separate calendar invite will be sent for November 19th and December. Attendees should attend all three sessions. Download training flyer for full details, time commitment information, and training elements.

The program includes the following goals: 

  1. Provide an understanding of the common characteristics of rural individuals, families, and communities, including social determinants of health and health disparities that impact rural individuals in unique ways;
  2. Enhance skills in providing services to, communicating with, and successfully meeting needs of rural individuals, families, and communities; and 
  3. Make available resources for providers to measure, evaluate, and improve participants’ own individuals, programmatic, and organizational cultural competence.
CCN’s Lunch & Learn @ Webinar
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm