For Immediate Release: June 22, 2022 prev   |   next


June 22, 2022 prev   |   next



Competition Phase Grants and Prizes for Sullivan County Public Schools Also Announced

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 hosted the second annual Empowering a Healthier Generation Celebration on Tuesday, June 7th at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. It was a night of celebrating the accomplishments of Sullivan County schools, who are part of Sullivan 180’s Empowering a Healthier Generation (EHG) School Program, which includes every public school building and SUNY Sullivan.

The event kicked-off with a premier of the Empowering a Healthier Generation film, which was followed by grant project presentations from each Sullivan County school district about the wonderful work being done in each school building. These projects include sensory hallways, outdoor classrooms, healthy eating, hydration, movement, social/emotional initiatives, and staff wellness just to name a few.

“This year’s Empowering a Healthier Generation Celebration was an incredible night of inspiration and motivation! Sullivan County has no shortage of talented and devoted educators that won’t stop at anything to create an environment in their school buildings where children and young adults can grow healthy minds and healthy bodies at the same time. They’ve made changes that support their district wellness policies including things like increasing physical activity with new innovative programing and sensory hallways, becoming water-friendly schools by installing water bottle filling stations and providing students with water bottles and enhancing student mental health by creating outdoor classroom spaces and implementing mindfulness activities, just to name a few! There is no shortage of creativity and tenacity amongst our school district partners to make change and get the work done. Without them and all of the partner agencies on the Healthier Generation School Resource Committee, none of this would be possible. Our children will reap the benefits well into the future,” said Sullivan 180’s Executive Director, Amanda Langseder.

During the opening remarks, Meaghan Mullally-Gorr, Sullivan 180’s Director of Health & Wellness announced the Empowering a Healthier Generation Preparation Phase is coming to a “triumphant close” and will be moving in to the Competition Phase, where all schools buildings would be invited to apply for $5,000 grants, to be awarded at the start of the next school year. Through the generosity of the Rowley Foundation and the Gerry Foundation, up to 10 schools will be awarded these $5,000 grants. Those schools will then be in the running for a grand prize of $75,000 and second prize of $50,000 to be announced next year.

The 2022 Turtle Award were also announced during the program, which was a way to acknowledge schools and school leaders for guiding their students, faculty and parents toward healthier and longer lives. Twelve awards were handed out, including two special surprise awards. The winners included: Two Mental Health Awards to Sullivan West Elementary School and Sullivan BOCES, Mother Earth Award to Tri-Valley Central School, two Collaborator Awards to Eldred High School and Fallsburg High School, two Nutrition Awards to Livingston Manor Central School and Roscoe Central School, two Physical Activity Awards to Liberty High School and Monticello’s Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, Water Award to Liberty Middle School, a surprise HG Advisor of the Year Award to Kayla O’Dell from Sullivan West Elementary School, and a surprise HG Committee of the Year Award to Monticello’s George L. Cooke Elementary School, led by Elisa Mendels. There was a special recognition of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County & SNAP-Ed NY, presented by Dr. Betty Rosa, Commissioner of Education. In addition, Liberty Middle School won the evening’s raffle, with the prize of a new Blender Bike for their school!

The purpose of the Empowering a Healthier Generation Program is to engage Sullivan County School Districts in promoting health and wellness among students, staff, parents and their communities. As Sullivan County struggles at the bottom of the county health rankings each year, our children and youth continue to pay the price with poor health outcomes. The goal of Empowering a Healthier Generation is to create a grassroots movement that will change policy and environments; while demonstrating that individuals and families have an important role to play in building a culture of health for themselves and the next generation.

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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