Hepatitis C Team Reaches Out At Poughkeepsie PODS

March 23rd, 2021

Our Hepatitis C (HCV) Patient Navigation program has been doing outreach at the Poughkeepsie PODS. These are former Dutchess County Jail inmate units that were converted to Temporary Housing Units during Covid-19. The HCV team provides HCV education, testing and runs a weekly table highlighting all of our HVCS programs.

The HCV Patient Navigation team tables at the PODS temporary housing shelters in Poughkeepsie.

MHA (Mental Health Association) and Hudson River Housing joined together to figure out how to provide services for individuals experiencing homeless in Dutchess County while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The space accommodates up to 52 males and 48 females.

We are glad to be a part of this valuable community resource!

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 5

March 19th, 2021

Cornerstone, HVCS’ merger partner, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). But what does that mean?

A Cornerstone medical staff member with a young patient.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide comprehensive primary health care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

A FQHC qualifies for enhanced reimbursement from HRSA beyond Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization, a FQHC can receive grants from the government, the private sector, and donations in addition to Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Cornerstone is one of 1,368 official FQHCs across America.


For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 4

March 18th, 2021
CFH staff with boxes of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

As we’ve been saying this week, HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. You may be wondering about Cornerstone’s history.


For more than 50 years Cornerstone has been responsive to meeting the needs of the communities in Orange, Sullivan, Rockland and Broome counties. They have focused on the underserved and those without access to health care. Cornerstone’s roots date back to 1967 when four AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, led by a passionate and outspoken civil rights activist, established a small health clinic for migrant farm workers housed in the Black Dirt Region of Orange County. Like the produce migrant workers helped grow, the then Pine Island Migrant Family Health Clinic grew strong roots, and has since evolved into a mature, cutting-edge healthcare system now known as Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

Dr, Avi Silber, Chief Medical Officer, with a brand-new Cornerstone patient.

For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

National LGBT Health Week: March 22-26

March 18th, 2021

THEME: OUT for Equity

The National Coalition for LGBT Health is proud to announce this year’s National LGBT Health Awareness Week. The 19th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 22 – 26, 2021. The Week’s theme is OUT for Equity.  This theme arises from a word cloud of responses from the Coalition’s Inaugural State of LGBTQ Health National Survey. This first-of-its-kind survey, slated for release the week of April 5, focuses on the current state of LGBT health as reported by more than 700 survey respondents including providers, health systems administrators, and consumers.

To further recognize the National LGBT Health Awareness Week 2021, the Coalition will host two webinars. The first webinar is focused on training a new generation of providers on LGBTQ+ health and the second on addressing the challenges of PrEP access and uptake. The Coalition will also promote awareness of LGBT health disparities on social media.

Please join us and help raise awareness for LGBT health!

Webinars

  • Training a New Generation of Affirming Health Providers and Educators 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST, March 23 Register Here
  • PrEP Access, Uptake and Continued Community Challenges 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST, March 25  Register Here

AWARENESS AND OUTREACH

To raise awareness, the Coalition will be active on social media, working to educate the public on LGBT health disparities. On Thursday, March 18, the Coalition will provide a social media toolkit to assist organizations and individuals in promoting the Week, which will include promotional materials such as the Week’s logo, easy-to-share Tweets and posts, and more. 

To participate in the Week or to request more information, contact Matt Prior at [email protected] or 570-878-3847.

ABOUT US The National Coalition for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The Coalition represents LGBT health care practitioners, providers, communities, organizations, allies, and advocates alike.

Updates to NYS Quarantine Guidelines

March 17th, 2021

SUMMARY

This document provides updated guidance on quarantine for community persons exposed to COVID-19, and how to factor in a person’s vaccination status. This guidance does not apply to vaccinated inpatients and residents in health care settings.
•This guidance aligns the requirements for release from quarantine with the February 10, 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPOSED TO COVID-1

Consistent with recent CDC guidance, asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination, if the following criteria are met:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-doseseries, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
  • Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.


Individuals who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria and who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days after exposure, or ten days if they meet the criteria for a reduced quarantine. Consistent with previous CDC guidance, there is no testing requirement to end the quarantine if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. However, a test should be sought immediately if any symptoms develop during the fourteen days after exposure.

Consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021, asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.

While COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission, how long protection lasts, and the efficacy of vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. Additionally, some individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 have been reinfected at a later time. Therefore, regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE

Domestic travelers arriving in New York from non-contiguous US states and territories who are not essential workers and/or who did not complete the testing requirements described in Executive Order 205.2 must quarantine. Asymptomatic domestic travelers to New York can be exempted from quarantine if meet the criteria described previously in this document.

International travelers arriving in New York must comply with all CDC requirements for testing and quarantined after international travel. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated.

Consult the latest NYS travel advisory for more information. Guidance on how to quarantine can be found here.

LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND QUARANTINE ORDERS

Local Health Departments (LHDs) will continue to identify individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Contact tracing interviews will now include questions about vaccination status and dates. Contact tracers may validate reports of vaccination status in NYSIIS or CIR, the statewide immunization registry, during the interview. Individuals who meet the vaccination criteria listed above do not need to quarantine. Information about the criteria for quarantine exemptions due to immunization status will be included in local quarantine orders from this point forward.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This guidance applies only to asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and who have not tested positive as a result of a recent exposure. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate. Information on the criteria and duration for isolation can be found here.

NYS: Quarantine for Domestic Travel Will No Longer Be Required Starting 4/1/21

March 17th, 2021

While No Longer Required, Quarantine After Domestic Travel is Still Advised as Added Precaution

Mandatory Quarantine Remains in Effect for International Travelers

All Travelers Covered Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread – wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.

“New Yorkers have shown strength and perseverance throughout this entire pandemic, and it shows through the numbers that continue to decrease every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we work to build our vaccination infrastructure even further and get more shots in arms, we’re making significant progress in winning the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate, allowing us to open new sectors of our economy and start our transition to a new normal in a post-pandemic world. As part of that transition, quarantine for domestic travelers is no longer required, but it is still being advised as an added precaution. This is great news, but it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down. To beat this virus once and for all we all must continue doing what we know works to stop the spread, including wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing.”

Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 or returning from travel must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 3

March 17th, 2021

Even before merging, HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) worked together as community partners. We frequently make referrals back and forth to ensure that clients have optimal healthcare and the best possible quality of life. In our Drug User Health Hub, serving clients with opioid use disorder in Orange and Sullivan counties, a Cornerstone Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner sees clients and writes Suboxone prescriptions.

A group shot of Cornerstone employees with CEO Linda Muller (front center).

Since the merger, two CFH programs became HVCS programs:
Positive Choices Center: HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment (moved to Client Services department)
HIPS and PrEP (moved to Community Education and Prevention department with HVCS)
For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get to Know Cornerstone: Part 2

March 16th, 2021
Greater Hudson Valley Health Dentist Clinic

HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a not-for-profit serving a large section of HVCS’ territory with the addition of Broome County, NY. Cornerstone offers many additional preventative and support services in addition to primary medical care. Services include:
• Dental Services
• Behavioral health
• Substance use treatment including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Out Patient Rehabilitation
• Infectious Disease treatment
• Nutrition
• WIC (Woman, Infants, and Children Services)
• SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
• Kaplan Family Pavilion in City of Newburgh: Urgent Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology
• Homeless Support through Harper Health
• 4 Mobile Health Vans


For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 1

March 15th, 2021

Now that HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare have merged, we want to tell you more about Cornerstone as an organization and what they do. This merger is intended to improve services for all clients and patients, and we’ll be able to connect them to better care and make more referrals with ease. First of all, what services does Cornerstone offer?

Cornerstone Family Healthcare's Kaplan Family Pavilion in Newburgh


Cornerstone offers comprehensive primary medical and dental services, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, and specialty care including podiatry, audiology, endocrinology, cardiology, and optometry.


Cornerstone is, like HVCS, a not-for-profit organization. A significant proportion of patients are enrolled in federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Family or Child Health Plus. A large number of patients who utilize services have their own medical insurance.


If a patient is not enrolled or does not have insurance, they offer a sliding scale based on a patient’s income. Health centers offer a sliding fee scale for those who are uninsured or underinsured. How much you will pay for a visit depends on your proven income and assets.


For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Save The Date: A Tupperware Party Fundraiser With Dixie Longate

March 12th, 2021

Coming in May!

Join America’s top Tupperware salesperson for a lively, fun-filled evening of laughter, contests and creative food storage solutions! Dixie Longate beams into your home through the magic of Zoom, all to raise funds for Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS).

Tickets are only $15.00 per Zoom log-in (and yes, you can have as many people watching your screen as you feel comfortable hosting).

HVCS provides free prevention and education services to Hudson Valley residents at high risk for HIV, STDs, hepatitis C, and substance use disorder. We also provide support and connections to medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Our budgets were cut by 20% during the COVID-19 pandemic, and your donations will help us restore services to people in real need.

The Zoom link will be emailed to you upon completion of your ticket purchase.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

7:30-9:00 pm

Via Zoom

Tickets: $15.00 per Zoom log-in

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

PLUS, win great prizes in our games and contests! Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to Solstad House in Beacon, and a $50 gift certificate and bottle of wine at Babe’s Bar and Grill in Haverstraw. More prizes to be announced soon!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are also available – email [email protected] for details.

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