Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network (EAHCN)
The Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network’s mission is to improve the health status of our communities, and the access and delivery of health care in the region, through the collaboration of our members. We seek funding on behalf of our members and provide staff support to start new health improvement initiatives and build a plan for sustainability.
Network Goal: Improve the Health, Function, and Quality of Life of Older Adults
With better health, seniors keep their independence. With adequate supports and services, community living and nursing home diversion is possible. Our primary target population are residents, primarily age 55+, residing in Clinton, Franklin, and Essex counties in Northeastern NY, and there informal caregivers.
- Strengthen access to and provision of services and supports for our aging population, & their caregivers
- Increase local health system capacity by advancing workforce training and education within the region resulting in high quality care to our geriatric population
- Improve access to and utilization of mental health services for our geriatric population
- Coordinate and collaborate with Northern NY Rural Health Networks.
The following activities are supported by Network funds
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
- Geriatrics and Dementia Capable Workforce Training
- Friendly Visitor Programs for Senior Citizens
- Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
- Healthy Aging and the Built Environment
- Get Moving! Healthy Aging Exercise Programs
- Mobilizing Action for Planning and Partnership (MAPP)
The Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network originally began in 1993 as an informal Primary Care Coalition in Essex County consisting of three members. In 1994, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital received a Rural Health Network Demonstration grant from New York State Office of Rural Health to establish the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network in Clinton and northeast Essex Counties.
Development of a representative membership within the service delivery area began and the Network grew to seventeen members. In 1995, SUNY Sponsored Research and the Northern New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center became the contract agency for the grant. It was at this time that the Network began to establish non-profit status and articles of incorporation and by 1998, the Network had evolved into a formal operating network with established bylaws and committee structures.