Advocacy = raising your voice about issues that matter to you

When you speak about what your community health center means to you, you are an advocate. Here at Sun River Health Advocacy we believe that your opinion matters.

That’s why Sun River Health Advocacy is working to connect you with resources to Raise Your Voice.

Did you know that Sun River Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)? This means each year we receive grant money from the government. The National and State Budgets are essential to us because they affect the services that we can offer.

For example, public programs like Medicaid pay Sun River Health for the health care services we provide to our patients. Without this funding, we could not offer services to people who are most in need.

Unfortunately, not everyone sees funding for FQHCs as essential.

That’s where you come in.

When you raise your voice, you let your elected officials know that Sun River Health and community health centers matter.

Sun River Health Advocacy will give you the tools and information you need to empower your community and become active in the decisions that impact your health, your neighborhoods, and your life. Together, we can find solutions that work.

Meet the Team

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Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH has provided vision and leadership to Sun River Health as Chief Executive Officer for over 40 years.  She is responsible for guiding the growth and development of one of the largest networks of community health centers in New York State from a single primary care site in Peekskill to a network of over 40 directly operated Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island; additional health centers through sub-recipient agreements, including health centers serving the developmentally disabled; mobile health center vans; and a regional migrant voucher program serving an 11-county agricultural region in southeastern New York State. Mrs. Nolon was named a Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services where she focused on health care policy for improving access to care for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and was also appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health for four years. She has been a member of the CHCANYS Board of Directors since the organization’s inception and now serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee. Among her many awards and honors, she was inducted into the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame in 2015. Mrs. Nolon received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Planning from the Pennsylvania State University.

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As Chief of Strategy, Hope Glassberg oversees Sun River Health’s government relations and advocacy, policy and strategy development, and organizational planning. Prior to joining Sun River Health, Hope was the Director of Public Policy for Montefiore Health System, helping to guide the organization’s response to federal and state policies and government-based alternative payment models. She also served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. Earlier in her career, Hope worked on a national project to implement specialized programs for justice-involved populations with mental illnesses and as a reporter and freelance writer for publications including Dow Jones Newswires, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

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Katie Comando is the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy at Sun River Health, managing local, federal, and state-level interactions with elected officials throughout our 16+ county region (just south of the NYS Capitol region, throughout the Hudson Valley, the five boroughs, and all of Long Island) that includes seventeen Members of Congress, twenty-eight NYS Senators, thirty-five NYS Assembly Members, and dozens of local elected officials. Katie’s particular area of expertise is Long Island, where she previously served as an AmeriCorps working to coordinate outreach events with a team of health care workers, and to provide direct care services to agricultural workers and their family members. Prior to her role as Director, Katie worked as the Northeast Regional Migrant Health Coordinator, a Project Manager, and Special Assistant to the CEO for Advocacy and Communications. During her time at Sun River Health, Katie has received the Advocacy All Star Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), her 2016 proposal for integrating ‘grassroots’ and ‘grasstops’ advocacy across Sun River Health’s network received national recognition, and she helped to secure the highest level status (Gold) for Sun River Health in NACHC’s Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) program – the first community health center in New York State to receive such accolades. Katie is a trained Advocate through the Advocacy Institute and the NACHC Advocacy Leadership Program.

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James Shuford is Project Manager of Migrant Health at Sun River Health. In addition to supporting the organization’s farmworker health care programming, James works with the Community Health Center Association of New York State in building a collaborative workgroup of organizations providing farmworker health care services throughout the state. James also advocates nationally for farmworker health as a member of the AgAccess 2020 taskforce, and has presented to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health.  In addition to his work increasing access to care for agricultural workers, he also works with the Sun River Health Advocacy team to organize events with elected officials in the Hudson Valley, and is a trained Advocate through the Advocacy Institute. James received his master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY.

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