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Herkimer County HealthNet Presents $20,000 Incentive Awards Four Communities in Herkimer County


Village of Herkimer Photo: Mayor Mark Ainsworth, HCHN Executive Director Thomas Curnow, & Village Deputy Mayor & Trustee Gary Hartman

Village of Ilion Photo: Mayor John Stevens & HCHN Executive Director Thomas Curnow

Village of Mohawk Photo: HCHN Executive Director Thomas Curnow, Mayor Irene Sweet, Trustee George Cryer, & Grant Writer Jeremy Silverman

Village of Frankfort Photo: HCHN Executive Director Thomas Curnow & Village of Frankfort Clerk Karlee Tamburro


HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet recently presented four $5000 awards to the Villages of Frankfort, Herkimer, Ilion, and Mohawk this fall.  All four municipalities demonstrated commitment to and effort in projects that promote and facilitate physical activity.  Some of the programs include safety lighting on sidewalks, pedestrian walkways and trail areas, crosswalk striping and signage at various intersections, as well as park, playground, and trail signage in areas that promote physical activity. 


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet stated, “While the incentive awards do not cover infrastructure or capital projects, some of which have already been set forth by municipalities, we’re glad to be able to support additional projects that enhance places where all abilities can enjoy physical activity in a safe setting.”  The Creating Healthy Places grant in the past has assisted in funding for various projects such as playground and trail studies, trail creation and enhancements, playground equipment and surface material, and playground relocation. 


Herkimer County HealthNet is a New York State Department of Health funded Rural Health Network that administers the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant.  Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Herkimer focuses on preventing obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by supporting and promoting environmental changes in Herkimer County.

In an effort to save money related to health care costs and productivity losses, Creating Healthy Places contractors such as Herkimer County HealthNet are working to prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by working on projects and promoting messages that aim to increase good nutrition and physical activity throughout New York State.


Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499



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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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