S.T.E.P.S  (Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions)

Seneca County has been awarded grant funding to direct a Neighborhood Health Improvement Project in the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid and Romulus. Residents of these counties will work together to make a better south Seneca County. This project is funded through  the Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF), with S2AY Network sponsorship.

To reach the S.T.E.P.S office please call: (607) 403-0069.

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STEPS Community Conversation

            Monday,   April 21, 2014    6:00 - 7:30 pm Ovid Papa Bear

 Tuesday, May 17, 2014 noon at Presbyterian Church on Rt. 96 in Romulus.

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Who? What? Where? Why? How?


 Affordable Care Act

The New Health Insurance Marketplace

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is requiring all NYS residents to have health insurance in 2014. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the S2AY Rural Health Network has received funding to assist small businesses in finding affordable health insurance. The program also helps small business owners learn about the laws and regulations surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and the Healthplan Marketplace. SBAP is an initiative of Community Service Society of New York, which has allocated funding to allow S2AY Rural Health to provide these services in Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, and Allegany counties.

The Small Business Assistance Program provides health reform information in group presentations, one-on-one consultations, as well as services in any language. To get more information as a small business owner, or sole proprietor, please contact Ariel Haradon-Chrisler at 607-962-8459. If you are looking for Assistance with the Individual Marketplace, navigators are available in all of our seven counties. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-346-2211.

Also, feel free to check out the New York State of Health Website:  to learn about health care reform, or to enroll into health insurance independently.


 Expanding Public Health Access

Donald W. Rowe, PhD , Office of Public Health Practice, University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions, Buffalo, NY and Andrea Haradon, B.A., M.P.A. , S2AY Rural Health Network, Corning, NY present at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston on Expanding Public Health Access While Reducing Cost Through Partnership and Collaboration: The S2AY Rural Health Network.  

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Livingston County Ranks # 1 in the State!

Congratulations to Livingston County! This is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of Livingston County agencies.

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County Health Rankings & Roadmap

Livingston County Healthiest in NYS




Remembering Kathy

A Pain No Mother Should Have to Endure

Judy Hartman and her family understand the importance of regular cancer screenings. Judy lost her daughter Kathy in 2007 to breast cancer. It’s been five years and she still can’t believe she’s gone.  Five years later, talking to Cancer Services Outreach and Education Coordinator, Theresa Lahr, Judy still can’t tell the story without crying. 

Judy’s daughter, Kathy Orlopp, was 35 years old in 2004 when she found a lump in her breast while showering. Kathy was the mother of three teenagers and a clinical leader at Geneva General Hospital. Tests confirmed the cancer and Judy went to her daughter’s appointments with her and helped her as she went through her cancer treatments. 


In 2006 Kathy went back to work as it looked like she was now cancer free and in remission. Unfortunately, the cancer returned. Tests showed the cancer had spread throughout her body and in 2007, at the age of 38; Kathy lost her battle with cancer. 


Judy talks of Kathy’s love of nursing, children, animals and flowers. She tells of the time Kathy saved a turtle and of the horse she loved, but had to give up due to medical bills and being unable to ride as she got sicker. Kathy not only had to suffer through her illness and couldn’t work; she couldn’t afford the mortgage on her house and eventually lost her home. 


So what is a mother’s mission after losing a child to cancer? Judy doesn’t want another parent to have to go through the pain of losing a child. Her tears turn to words of frustration as she advocates for breast cancer awareness and encourages everyone regardless of their age to do monthly breast exams and to have any abnormality checked out whatever their age. She encourages young mothers to breast feed because it’s not only good for the baby, but helps the mother prevent breast cancer. She believes breast health should be taught in schools and that every mother should be teaching their daughters how to do an exam no matter how old they are. She describes the hole in her heart that can’t be filled due to the loss of her daughter and how faith gets her through. 


Programs such as the Cancer Services Partnership provide breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings FREE to men 50 and older and women 40 and over who meet program eligibility requirements. Women under 40 years of age are also eligible for mammograms if they meet certain criteria such as a family history of breast cancer or an abnormal breast finding. For cancer screenings call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262). 


There are local cancer assistance programs in our area as well. S2AY Rural Health Network for instance can assist with some cancer related uncovered costs and are always seeking donations of time, money or in-kind resources to assist local residents with these expenses. These donations help offset the uncovered costs and help others in our local area. Donations can be made by clicking on “Donate Here” on the left hand side of this page. Donations of time and in-kind resources can be arranged by calling the Network at 607-962-8459. 


        S2AY Rural Health Network launches Cancer Services Fund

The Network will be raising funds and distributing financial support for the unexpected expenses incurred by the uninsured, under-insured and low-income residents of Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Seneca and Yates County who are dealing with cancer or needing cancer–related diagnostic services, or to refer people needing screening into the appropriate free service. 

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If you are looking for free funds for breast cancer:

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Cancer Prevention Study


To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark new  research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollment is being made possible in partnership with the Rochester General Health System, University of Rochester Medical Center, and the YMCA of Greater Rochester during May 14-18, 2013. Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer.


 For more information, visit, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail




S2AY Network Orientation Program - Injection Safety Video  



Sugar Sweetened Beverage Initiative


For obesity fighting resources click on link to the left


Wayne County gets on the vending machine bandwagon


 Mayo Clinic Study Confirms Smoke-Free Workplaces Reduce Heart Attacks

Smoking Ban Passes


 After a close vote at the Seneca County Board of Supervisors meeting on September 27th, the proposal to ban smoking on all county owned or leased properties passed.   The Seneca County Health Department led the effort to pass this legislation, working tirelessly behind the scene for weeks advocating for passage of the local law.  There will be no more smoking anywhere on county-owned or county-leased property, indoors or outdoors when the law goes into effect on October 17, 2011.

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S2AY Rural Health Network wins national award from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services! Click on this icon to read more