Grant to help obtain health care in rural Tioga and Broome counties

South Central New York’s Rural Health Network is getting a financial boost to address health care gaps in rural and underserved communities.

The program receives a three-year, $160,000 health improvement grant for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members and community.

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According to a press release from the Rural Health Network, primary care patients in Broome and Tioga County served by Ascension Lourdes will benefit from the funding to be used in the UR Essential program.

Staff will develop personalized self-care coaching and can direct patients to the appropriate services to meet their specific needs. The effort also includes assistance with transportation, nutrition and education.

Officials say the population covered by “UR Essential” includes residents aged 18 to 64 who live in Broome and Tioga counties, do not receive Medicaid, have identified gaps in care related to conditions such as diabetes and underutilization of primary care services.

The South Central New York, Inc. Rural Health Network coverage area includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

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