Sun River Health began providing free books for children at 3 Urgent Care locations in 2021. In 2022, we expanded these efforts to all health center locations. When visiting for care, or accompanying a family member, all children are invited to take a book home with them, including healthcare related books, educational materials and age-appropriate stories. Sun River Health has partnered with Scholastic to purchase books at a reduced rate as needed to ensure this program can reach the widest group of children with quality books.
Recently, we have been excited to be able to add toys to this program through a donation by Valley Day Care & Preschool which included over 70 items for holiday children gifts. The addition of toys will enable children, many of whom come from underserved communities, to leave our health centers with something special to bring home and create a lasting good feeling about going to the doctor – an experience which can be quite scary for younger children, or those who need urgent care.
Sun River Health’s Tia Lee Featured in Forbes Magazine
Congratulations to Tia Lee, Sun River Health Regional Program Director for New York City Health Homes, on being included in a Forbes Magazine article on World Mental Health Day! In the article, Ms. Lee discusses why World Mental Health Day is critical for Black and Brown communities
Tia, a member of Sun River Health’s JEDI team, seeks to change the social determinants of health for our patients and close critical gaps in service for the most vulnerable within the communities we serve. She is a passionate mental health specialist and National Certified Counselor with over ten years of direct experience in providing mental health counseling, addiction therapy, rehabilitation and social services to clients and families dealing with a wide range of mental health issues.
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Did you know? Sun River Health is the largest provider of OB services and births of all the FQHCs in New York State? Our teams welcome over 3,500 babies into the world each year and our family planning program, funded by New York State, serves more than 20,000 family planning patients annually in health centers across the Sun River Health system.
The Women’s Health team, including physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, clinical assistants, patient navigators, social workers, and nutritionist work together to ensure our moms are healthy, educated, and prepared to deliver their babies at our partner birth hospitals.
Recently, Sun River Health has developed a warm and welcoming branded giveaway suite of items for our new moms after birth. An important piece of this collateral is the Developmental Milestones material, available in English and Spanish, which is designed to support clinicians’ conversations with women who are expecting and begin conversations about the need for clinical support after the child is born, and throughout early childhood.
Sun River Health Pediatric Care supports children from infancy to teen years, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Our pediatricians provide a complete range of primary care for children and teenagers, including: Routine immunizations, School physicals, Annual wellness checkups, Early vision and hearing screenings, Patient education, Birth control and women’s health services.
This August, Sun River Health will be adding three new sites to our New York City region, pending final regulatory approval. The sites will transition from the All Med Medical group into Sun River Health’s community health center network, raising our total site count to 46, including Mobile Health. The addition of these sites in Queens and the Bronx will give our NYC region the capacity to serve 7,000 additional patients.
All Med brings a similar mission and purpose to their work in providing health care to all, regardless of insurance, income, or citizenship status. The staff, over 99% of whom are staying on with us, and leadership at All Med share a “we can do it” attitude that is very familiar to us at Sun River Health. And we have seen firsthand how much All Med patients value and rely on their providers for the care they need and the respect they deserve. Because of this, we know that All Med patients and staff will feel at home as part of the Sun River Health family.
All Med also brings the benefit of services we do not currently offer, including physical therapy, cardiology, and vascular medicine. These additional services provide opportunities for our existing patients network-wide to receive even more comprehensive care as well as learning opportunities for our organization as we seek to incorporate All Med’s best practices into our wider network.
Sun River Health will soon be receiving 7 portable EyePACS machines to aid in the administration of retinal exams for our patients, specifically those living with diabetes. Annual retinal exams are extremely important for diabetic patients to detect and treat sight-threatening complications of diabetes. Through funds raised at our recent Cornucopia celebration, Sun River Health purchased the $10,000 machines, which can be used throughout our service area.
The Wallkill Valley Health Coalition (WVHC) recently donated $18,000 to support Sun River Health’s Wallkill Valley Health Center in Walden, New York. The coalition founded the health center in 1995 to provide primary health services to the Wallkill Valley community. Through an endowed fund, held by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, they continue to provide a source of annual funding to support health care services, health care pipeline initiatives, and programs and services for the health center to care for the greater community.
The funding from the Wallkill Valley Health Coalition will be used by Sun River Health to increase access to health care and to develop additional programs focusing on individuals with diabetes and other chronic conditions. This will include implementing a multipronged strategy to achieve the triple aim of Awareness, Access, and Action in the Walden Community.