For Immediate Release: February 03, 2022 prev   |   next


February 03, 2022 prev   |   next



This free, family-friendly event will take place along the historic O&W Rail Trail in Liberty – SNOW or shine

[FERNDALE] –Celebrate winter and come out to the 2nd Annual SnO&W Fun Run/Walk on the O&W Rail Trail in Liberty on Saturday February 26th at 10:30 a.m. – all ages are welcome!

Registration check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. at Bridge & Tunnel Brewery on Lake Street, followed by the start of the race at 10:30 a.m. Healthy refreshments will be served by Liberty Middle School students to help support their 8th grade class fundraiser. Also, Fortress Bikes will have snowshoes available on-site to try and use.

The starting line will be at the Liberty O&W trailhead on Hill Street & State Street in Liberty and participants can enjoy an approximate 3-mile walk or run on flat, dirt terrain along the beautiful O&W Rail Trail (1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles back to the starting point). There will also be a shorter “Fun Run” of approximately 1-mile from the State Street trailhead to Carrier Street and back! Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Registration is requested, so please visit to register or learn more.

This healthy community event is made possible by Sullivan 180, Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan O&W Rail Trail Alliance, Sullivan County Planning, the Town and Village of Liberty, and Fortress Bikes.

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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