For Immediate Release: March 07, 2022 prev   |   next


March 07, 2022 prev   |   next



[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 recently announced the appointment of Dr. Robert M. Dufour Ed. D to its Board of Directors. Dr. Dufour is the District Superintendent/CEO of Sullivan BOCES. He has a strong commitment to academic excellence and is dedicated to providing positive educational experiences for the residents and school districts of Sullivan County. Before BOCES, he served as the superintendent of schools at the Eldred Central School District, which he held for seven years.

Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. John’s University, a Master’s of Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz. He completed his doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dufour strives to make a positive impact on the lives of Sullivan County residents by creating and partnering with organizations to provide educational opportunities to train individuals for the workforce and build the economy of the County.

“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Dufour to the Board of Directors! He is a consummate educator and his leadership in Sullivan County has been of great assistance to us. I’m certain that his membership on the Board will help advance our mission!” said Jay Quaintance, chair of Sullivan 180’s Board of Directors and president of SUNY Sullivan.

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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