For Immediate Release: January 17, 2022 prev   |   next


January 17, 2022 prev   |   next



Walk-Thru Mondays a HUGE success for getting residents active and helping the Federation for the Homeless

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 challenged county residents to walk a collective 500 miles over the course of the six nights during Sullivan 180 Walk-Thru Mondays as part of Peace, Love & Lights at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. This goal was achieved on the third night, and by the end of the light show, 1,048 community members came out to walk. Because the lights display covers a two-mile route, that’s 2,096 miles walked and over four million steps taken towards a healthier Sullivan County!

Since the goal was reached, local organizations including Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Liberty Rotary Club, Mullally Tractor Sales, and Yellow Cab of Monticello will each donate $500 to Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (SCFH).

In addition to the challenge, participants had the option to bring a toy on Monday nights in exchange for free admission. These toys were donated to SCFH to help the children of families in need during the holidays. Thanks to the generosity of community members, more than 100 children received gifts for the holidays, along with over $200 in cash donations collected.

“We are thrilled to have once again partnered with Sullivan 180 to bring the walk-thru element to our light show experience,” said Eric Frances, CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “It has always been a goal of Bethel Woods to expand our programming reach into the quieter winter months, and this gives people a unique way to experience the light show, while also staying active.”

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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