History

2000

The North Country Healthy Heart Network (Heart Network) is created by Walter Becker, Administrator, Carthage Area Hospital, (CAH) with a start-up grant from the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. Geographic region includes Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.

2001

The Heart Network Incorporates

2001

Mobile, one-on-one, evidence-based, tobacco cessation service begins in Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Joint CAH and Heart Network Program is made possible by a three year grant from the New York State, Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program.

2003

The Heart Network receives 501(c)3 status as a Not-For-Profit.

2004

The North Country Tobacco Cessation Center established as a resource for healthcare providers and tobacco users in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. This program shifted our cessation focus from individual smokers to the entire population of tobacco users. The Heart Network receives five year grant from the NYS Tobacco Control Program to fund this effort.

2006

The Eat Well Play Hard North Country Coalition begins efforts to prevent childhood obesity in Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. This program is funded by a four year grant from the NYS Department of Health, Division of Nutrition.

2006

With the creation of Eat Well Play Hard the Heart Network expands its area of focus from primarily tobacco cessation to primary prevention of chronic disease.

2009

The Heart Network receives a new grant to continue North Country Tobacco Cessation Center program services to healthcare providers and organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties.

2009

Rural Action Now! is formed to serve Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties.  RAN seeks to empower citizens with the grassroots advocacy training and support they need to improve the health and wellness of rural communities.  RAN is funded through March 2013 by a grant from the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health.

2010

The North Country Healthy Heart Network celebrates ten years of facilitating community change to prevent chronic disease. 

September 2010

Eat Well Play Hard comes to an end after four successful years.  During it’s time EWPH worked with 20 childcare providers, dozens of communities and hundreds of individuals to create a wide range of sustainable policy and environmental changes which will keep our regions children healthier for years to come.  EWPH also awarded almost 20,000 dollars in grants to support projects across the region.  

March 2011

The Heart Network begins work on a new grant, Creating Healthy Places (CHP) in Franklin County. The program is similar to Eat Well Play Hard, however, the target group is broader; it includes all members of the community regardless of age or ability.  The mission of CHP is to implement effective policy, programs, and projects to increase availability of healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in Franklin County. CHP is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition.

2012 and beyond…

With the help of our supporters and continued grant funding the Heart Network hopes to provide much needed services and support to reduce the incidence of chronic health conditions in the North Country region for years to come.