• Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:44 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    This was the recording and powerpoint from the 10/20/21 8pm evening meeting with NYS AAP Chapters 1, 2 & 3. Please fast forward to 2:05 to skip the delay.


  • Thursday, October 07, 2021 9:01 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    This would create another round of federal/state funding, through Medicaid waivers, that would encourage community based organizations to tackle individual and community health issues.

    NYSDOH submitted the following concept paper to CMS (Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) to begin negotiations on the next phase of the DSRIP program.    


  • Thursday, October 07, 2021 8:18 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Don't Miss Out!  Apply Now for Phase 4 and ARP Rural Distributions

    • The application is now open for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments.
    • Apply via the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer
    • Review the Application Instructions Webpages
    • The application will close on October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Applications must undergo a number of validation checks before financial information is submitted so providers are encouraged to begin their application as soon as possible to ensure they are able to meet the deadline. Information on the documents and information needed to apply can be found in the resources following.
    • In order to streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in a single application, and HRSA will use existing Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare claims data in calculating portions of these payments.

    Application Resources

    * Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please contact PRBInformation@hrsa.gov.

    General Program Information

    Terms and Conditions

    COVID-19 Links

    1. Center for Disease Control

    2. NYS Department of Health

    3. Fingerlakes Vaccine Hub

  • Monday, October 04, 2021 12:22 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Today in the United States, there are more than 113,000 men, women and children on an organ transplant waiting list. Nearly 9,000 are waiting in New York State, with almost 600 from our region alone. Someone is added to the national waiting list every ten minutes and, sadly, 20 people die each day before an organ becomes available. Thousands more are in need of cornea transplants to restore vision or donated tissue to heal wounds, reduce pain and/or improve mobility.

    One donor can help save the lives of up to 8 people through organ donation, provide sight to two people through cornea donation, and improve the lives of nearly 75 more through tissue donation.

    Why is it important to decide and talk about organ donation?

    Organ, eye and tissue donation is an end-of-life option that everyone should decide upon. Making your decision now about donation means your family won’t be burdened with having to make it for you later. It only takes a few minutes to enroll online in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Regardless of whether you chose to register as a donor or not, telling your family what your wishes are will give them peace of mind.


    • Anyone age 16 or older can enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry at www.donatelife.ny.gov/register

    • There is no upper age limit to registering as an organ donor.

    • Don’t assume you aren’t healthy enough to donate. Health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, do not prohibit someone from registering as a donor.

    • Medical professionals and tests will determine what organs and tissues can be donated at the time of death.

    • The doctors and nurses involved in life-saving care are separate from the medical professionals who perform organ transplants.

    • Only authorized organ and tissue recovery specialists (not doctors or nurses in the hospital) have access to the confidential donor registries. A person’s registration status is only checked at the time of death.

    • Enrolling in the NYS Donate Life Registry is the best place to document your wishes regarding donation.

    • Tell your family what your wishes are regarding organ donation. Making your decision now means they won’t have to make it on your behalf later.

    • Major religions support an individual’s choice to be an organ donor.

    • Final burial wishes can be honored after donation.


    There are several ways to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Regardless of which method you choose, the information is sent to the state’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry database. Signing the back of your license is not enough to ensure your wishes are known.

    • Online: New York State residents can sign up to be organ, eye and tissue donors at www.donatelife.ny.gov. Registering only takes a few minutes.

    • DMV: Check the “New York State Organ and Tissue Donation” box when applying for, or renewing, a Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID.

    • Voter Registration Form: Check the “New York State Organ and Tissue Donation” box on the voter registration form.

    • New York State of Health – Health Insurance Exchange: Residents applying for or renewing health insurance benefits through the state have the opportunity to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

    • Don’t reside in New York? Go to https://www.organdonor.gov/ to find out how to register as a donor in your state.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:42 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    October 12, 2021, 12:00-1:15PM ET

    American Dairy Association North East and co-sponsor New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 1, would like to invite your members to attend our upcoming free health professional webinar in honor of National Farmer’s Day titled, “Virtual Dairy Farm Tour for Health Professionals. ” Please see details below.

    • Webinar – Tuesday, October 12th from 12:00-1:15 PM ET (National Farmers Day)

    • Title: “Virtual Dairy Farm Tour for Health Professionals”

    • Farmers: John Dickinson, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    Luke Getty, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    Kyle Getty, Owner at Ideal Dairy

    • Host: Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, CDCES, ACE-CPT

    • Pre-register here for the webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    o CME Credit (pending approval)

    o CPEU Credit (pending approval): 1.0 hour for registered dietitian nutritionists

    o Professional Development Certificate – Available for School Nurses

    • See Promotional Webinar Flyer attached to share with your members.

    • Feel free to share our promotional social media post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

    All webinar-related questions. Contact Michelle Barber MA, RDN, CDN, Health & Wellness Specialist/ADANE at mbarber@milk4u.org.

  • Thursday, September 02, 2021 12:11 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Here is the recent upstate on the state of Vaccinations in NYS:

    Vaccines are widely considered among the greatest public health achievements of the last century.1 Diseases that previously killed thousands of children in the United States per year are now unheard of to most families. Over time, New York State has seen important increases in childhood vaccination rates. Yet, New York has also seen outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in recent years.3 In addition, children of color have historically faced barriers to vaccine access, creating disparities in vaccination coverage4,5,6 It is critical to further increase vaccination rates to prevent the return of diseases we had relegated to the past. An early childhood series of vaccines, as recommend by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), protects against 11 illnesses, including measles, mumps, and chickenpox. This report examines early childhood vaccination coverage in New York State from 2018 to 2020. Vaccination coverage refers to the percentage of children who completed the entire early childhood vaccine series by the age of 24 months. Data on childhood vaccination were made available through the New York State Immunization Information System (see more details on the data in the Methods section). Data on New York City immunizations are maintained by a separate immunization information system and were not made available to the report authors. This report therefore represents trends for about half of the statewide population of children ages 24–35 months.

    For the entire packet, click here.

  • Friday, August 27, 2021 8:45 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 12:07 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA

    Click here for the article

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 3:28 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    There has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the unvaccinated. To get your vaccine or for more information go to https://flvaccinehub.org/

  • Friday, July 09, 2021 8:39 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 crisis doesn’t just impact one field or industry, it affects nearly all aspects of our everyday lives. During this time of uncertainty, the staff at Pullano & Farrow are striving to make sure our clients receive guidance and practical solutions, appropriate to fit their needs. 

    The outbreak has created immense and overwhelming difficulty across all professions and with day-to-day operations. P&F’s attorneys and support staff are closely monitoring new developments to provide clients with the most applicable information. Delivering a Different Client Experience has always been the motto at P&F and we take pride in providing quality guidance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    We will get through this together.

    Click here for COVID-19 Legal Updates.

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