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FCH spearheads the creation of a program to encourage health  care students to practice in the Sharon Hospital area of northwestern Litchfield County, CT and New York's northeastern Dutchess County. Students are exposed to living and working in this area possibly influencing where they choose to practice after graduation.

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The Foundation for Community Health encourages all members of the Sharon Hospital community to participate in the Public Hearing on the merger of Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest taking place next week.

PDF iconFCH Calls for Community Engagement at Public Hearing

PDF iconStatement on Maternity at Sharon Hospital from July 2018

Residents of the Foundation for Community Health's service area can get help paying for costly medications. Local social service agents register those in need quickly. Needed medications are accessed through local participating pharmacies. PDF iconRegistration Information

FCH is seeking consulting services to access and develop recommendations by April 15.  Please see our full RFP and feel free to call with questions:  860 364 5157  PDF iconRFP

FCH requests the Office of Health Strategy create a process by which it will be able to measure how well each Affiliate Hospital community retains a significant voice in determining and "tailoring the delivery of healthcare services to meet its needs" - a stated goal in the CON application.

PDF iconFCH Testimony Public Hearing Health Quest merger 12/4/2018

In an effort to stem the tide of untreated tooth decay, the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) has invested in school-based oral health preventative services since its inception. More than 7,000 children in the northern Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and the Greater Harlem Valley of New York have recieved necessary preventative dental care since 2007.

PDF iconCULTIVATING Solutions:  Improving Children's Oral Health

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PDF iconstatement_on_maternity_at_sharon_hospital.pdfThe Foundation for Community Health (FCH) understands our community's concerns about the recent announcement that the maternity services at Sharon Hospital are to be discontinued.

The second of Foundation for Community Health's series on cultivating solutions for our communities’ complicated rural health issues in partnership with our neighbors, local organizations and government is now available on transportation and the road to good health.

PDF iconCultivating Solutions May 2018 Transportation Edition

PDF icon2018 Transportation Study Report

PDF icon2018 Transportation Study Executive Summary

Despite Northwest Connecticut's bucolic landscape, substance abuse is a growing problem with devastating impacts on those struggling with addiction, their families and the wider community.

The Foundation for Community Health partnered with the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and McCall Center for Behavioral Health to research and create this report. It is at once achingly heartbreaking and powerfully hopeful. The opioid epidemic impacts every single one of us - please take some time to read and process this information - and then take the steps suggested to help. PDF iconRead the full report...

"For the second year in a row, the Foundation for Community Health has sponsored the program that brings young men and women to the area for a firsthand look at the benefits of working in rural locales." Click here to read the article

The 2017 FCH Medical Education Event took place on May 25th at the Interlaken Inn. This year's topic: "Trauma and the Brain: The Body Remembers." was presented by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD. Click here to view the news article highlighting the 2017 FCH Medical Education Event

RHMSI Program Students

Click here to read an article about the FCH initiated Rural Health Medical Student Immersion Proram, written by participating student Yamini Chalikonda, as featured in The Touro College and University System News and Communications.

2016 NYSARH Award Recipients

FCH's Director of Communications & Special Programs, Gertrude O'Sullivan, was one of the 2016 New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) award recipients for "Outstanding Rural Health Program: Scrub Club Pathways to Health Careers." Click here to view the 2016 NYSARH Award List and click here to read: "Scrubs Club Leaders Honored for Healthcare Plans."

Sharon Hospital

"Sharon Hospital is the central part of our region's healthcare delivery system," said FCH CEO Nancy Heaton. "With this transition back to not-for-profit status, we can once again work closely with the hospital and provide more services to the community." Click here to read the article

Students participating in the Leadership Empowerment Program

Read the article highlighting an FCH funded program

"It was an exciting time at Taconic Hills Central School District..."

Medical Student participants

"In an attempt to showcase the quality-of-life features and perhaps entice some young doctors to consider settling here, a group of activists came up with a plan. Why not introduce medical students to the area and show them firsthand the benefits of living and working in a rural region?" Click here to read the article

FCH Receives Citation from State of Connecticut

FCH Receives a Citation from the State of Connecticut

FCH has received a Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly for our 10th Anniversary.

FCH Receives Commendation from Dutchess County Legislature

FCH Receives Commendation from the Dutchess County Legislature

FCH receives a Commendation from the Dutchess County Legislature for our 10 year anniversary. 

US Senator Richard Blumenthal

10th Anniversary Congratulatory Letter from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Read a 10th Anniversary congratulatory letter from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Read the article about FCH Director of Communications and Special Programs, Gertrude O’Sullivan, highlighting her impact on the North East Community Center

“The story of NECC is the story of people who have a passion to help others and who won’t take no for an answer ...”

Nancy Heaton is welcomed to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence advisory board

"… The foundation also welcomes two new members to the CNE advisory board: Nancy Heaton, executive director of the Foundation for Community Health in Sharon, Conn., and …"

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