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Herkimer County HealthNet Identifies Community Making Efforts Toward a Healthy Living


June 22, 2012



HERKIMER – One community at a time, Herkimer County HealthNet continues to support its mission; to promote the well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn and Herkimer County. HealthNet’s wellness committee recently visited the Village of Poland and Town of Russia this past Thursday after the committee identified that the community has made many efforts toward improving the health of its residents.


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet said, “This community serves as a model as a rural community that is making a commitment to the health and well-being of its residents on multiple levels. This collaborative effort among various organizations in their area is crucial to our mission.” Hutchinson also mentioned that many communities in Herkimer County are making an effort through various grants, but this particular community is showing improvements through many aspects.

Some of the projects taking place in the Poland area include the following activities:



• Havers Nice N Easy is currently working with HealthNet and Cornell Cooperative Extension with increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a grocery/convenience store project through the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play program.

• The Poland Central School District Cafeteria has a Fresh Express Food Center for its middle and high school students, which was partially funded by HealthNet’s Rural Health Network grant.


• The Town of Russia recently made improvements to its playground through HealthNet’s Creating Healthy Places grant and is participating in the development of HealthNet’s Trail Guide. Just this year, the Town made the playground smoke-free.


Herkimer County HealthNet’s Wellness Committee meets every month and is working together with communities to further support their healthy efforts. For more information about Herkimer County HealthNet please call (315) 867-1499 or visit If you would like to contribute to the services provided by Herkimer County HealthNet, please consider a donation by visiting

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

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

About HealthNet

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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