For Immediate Release: January 12, 2022 prev   |   next


January 12, 2022 prev   |   next



All Sullivan County Youth (Grades 9-12) are invited to this free, exciting event.

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 and partners announce “What’s Your Blueprint?” a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Youth Summit, on March 18th, 2022 at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre. This is a free event, open to Sullivan County youth (grades 9-12) to participate from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The “What’s Your Blueprint” MLK Day Youth Summit promises teens will be inspired by the importance of their VOICE, their ability to ACT for change, and help them CREATE their personal blueprint for life. Students will experience interactive workshops and collaborative art projects designed to open their minds and hearts to greater service for themselves and their schools. The day will be centered on the famous Dr. King speech, A Blueprint for Your Life, with workshops around the principles from the speech; Belief in Oneself, Determination and Commitment. Also, each student in attendance will receive four hours of community service time to be used toward graduation requirements.

The event will also feature keynote speaker, Damola Akinyemi, who is a former international basketball player, world renowned body builder, founder of Ayo Fitness, creator of the Ayo Jam fitness program, inventor of the Hydra Glove and former co-lead of the award winning Warrior Kids program which taught thousands of children across the Hudson Valley about healthier choices.

The Summit is being hosted in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, Sullivan 180, Sullivan Renaissance, Sullivan Allies Leading Together, the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, and The Center for Workforce Development. This is a FREE event, but registration is REQUIRED. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hrs of the event is also required. Refreshments and a healthy, locally sourced lunch by A Single Bite will be provided. To register, please visit

Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To learn more about Sullivan 180, please visit:


Health Promotion Strategies LLC chosen to lead the Sullivan Hands4Health Network

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 and its partners are pleased to announce that they have chosen Health Promotion Strategies, LLC, located in Monticello, to lead the planning effort for the development of the Sullivan Hands4Health Network as part of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Network Planning Grant. The Network development is being funded by a one-year planning grant from HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will support a strategic plan for a Community Health Worker Program to serve people in the county at risk of or already diagnosed with chronic disease such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Carol Ryan, President of Health Promotion Strategies, is a Registered Nurse who earned her Master of Public Health Degree at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ryan, who was the previous Sullivan County Director of Patient Services and Public Health Director, is a proven leader in community health planning, research and strategies. She is also well versed on the impact of the social determinants of health for county residents.

Ryan has already begun outreach to network partners to have individual conversations in preparation for convening as a network. There is a lot of work to do but she is eager to embark on such an important effort. “I am very excited to engage Network Partners in planning for the development of a sustainable Community Health Worker model that will help Sullivan County residents to spend less time as patients in emergency departments and hospitals. This is a project that is close to my heart after a career of witnessing the economic and social disparities that lead to such unfortunate health outcomes for so many people. Community Health Workers are effective as peers who support healthy behaviors by assisting residents in overcoming social and economic barriers to good health,” said Ryan.

Amanda Langseder, Director of Sullivan 180, shares “I have personally seen the enormous impact a Community Health Worker can have on someone’s life. They oftentimes intervene right when someone is most in need and most open to getting help, exploring new resources and developing healthier habits. I have no doubt that, with Carol’s expertise, we can work together to develop a program that will bring help right to the homes of those who have been diagnosed
with chronic disease, and I am thrilled that our partners unanimously chose Health Promotion Strategies to lead this critical planning process.”

Health Promotion Strategies is a New York State consulting firm certified as a woman-owned business enterprise and is created by policy and education experts in the health, public health, and the mental health fields. To learn more about Health Promotion Strategies please visit

Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To learn more about Sullivan 180, please visit:

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