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Access to Quality Health Care

Resources and Information to help you access various Health Insurance Plans and Programs.
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Lead Initiative

Herkimer County HealthNet is a partner with The Community Foundation and the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition. The Coalition was formed in 2016 to eliminate lead poisoning from Herkimer & Oneida Counties by 2030 and comprises of approximately 50 organizations and 100 individuals.


In children, lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, decreased muscle and bone growth, speech and language problems, and behavior problems. (Source: Let’s Make Lead History)


Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children and was banned for use in housing in 1978. Houses built prior to this time are very likely to contain lead-based paint. The deterioration and interruption of this paint poses a serious risk to children, especially at ages two and under as well as for pregnant women. (Source: Let’s Make Lead History)


Both Herkimer & Oneida Counties have a large housing stock that pre-dates 1978. Children have the potential to be exposed to lead-based paint in their own homes or at their baby sitters’, grandparents’, and friends’ homes.


Approximately 1/3 of children ages two and under are NOT lead tested (as required by New York State law) in Herkimer & Oneida Counties. (Source: NY State Department of Health) One of Herkimer County HealthNet’s goals is to increase children’s lead screening. Herkimer County HealthNet recently partnered with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and obtained a Community and Member Health Improvement Grant to increase lead screening in children as well as to provide outreach and education to health care providers and parents.


For more information about the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition, visit or email:

CNY Impact:

Impact work focuses on the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in the Central New York (CNY) region. Local IMPACT strategies are designed to target high-need geographic areas by incorporating improvements to 4 key areas:


* Environmental Approaches

* Lifestyle Change Programs

* Health System Changes

* Community- Clinical Linkages

National Diabetes Prevention Program:

HCHN offers the National DPP lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program runs for 1 year.


* During the first 6 months of the program, you will meet once a week.

* During the second 6 months, you’ll meet once a month.


Participants learn how to:

* Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love

* Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time

* Deal with stress

* Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work—like how to choose healthy food when eating out

* Get back on track if you stray from your plan—because everyone slips now and then


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Well with High Blood Pressure is a free 2.5-hour workshop that will help you take control of your chronic condition. Living Well with a Chronic Condition is a free interactive 7- week workshop series that will help you take control of your chronic condition. Living Well with Diabetes is a free interactive 7- week workshop series that will help you take control of your diabetes rather than letting it control you. For more information contact:

Chronic Disease

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and, 6) how to evaluate new treatments. For more information contact HCHN @ 315-867-1552 or or learn more about chronic disease. 

Creating Healthy Places to Live Work & Play 

HCHN is working to combat obesity, diabetes and promote physical activity and improved nutrition in Herkimer County through environmental and systems changes.

Falls Prevention Information

FAQs about Home Assessment and Referral Process - read more

Falls Prevention Brochure - Steps that can reduce your risk of falls

Healthcare Tools & Resources 

Tools to help you and your family prepare for future healthcare needs. Also information on various Health Insurance and Healthcare Discount Programs. 
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Health Friends Indigent Pharmaceutical Program

Provides prescription medications for both the un- and underinsured. For More Information, Contact HealthFriends at 315-574-0057 or 61 West Street Ilion, NY. 

Home Safety

More than 600,000 older Americans are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries at home.  A fall that results in a broken bone can become a serious, disabling injury that limits independence. For Home Safety Materials, click here

Physical Activity and Nutrition 

Resources for increased Physical Activity and good Nutrition.
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Retinal Imaging Child Project

The Retinal Imaging Child Project is a secure nationwide registry using iris recognition technology to locate and identify children.
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Retired Individuals Driving the Elderly (RIDE)

Catholic Charities of Herkimer County’s RIDE program provides free transportation and escort services for Herkimer County’s frail elderly to health related appointments in Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego Counties. Contact Catholic Charities at 315-894-9917 to schedule transportation.

Senior Safety Net 

A secure nationwide network using iris recognition technology that enables law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the county to locate and identify Senior Citizens.
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Speakers Bureau

HCHN’s Speakers Bureau has enlisted local experts to speak on a wide variety of topics regarding health and human services.  For more information please call 315-867-1552 or email
Sample Topics, click here

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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