Around Troy 02.21.19

Lansingburgh Historical Society “Meet the Artist”

2019 is the 200th Anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth.  In his honor, the Lansingburgh Historical Society will host “Meet the Artist” at their monthly Open House Tours.  The first artist is photographer Fred Coffey on March 9, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Mr. Coffey will have some of his work on display and for purchase. There will also be tasty treats and refreshments for you to enjoy.

The event takes place at the Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182.  Your $5 donation to the Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House helps us continue our mission of preserving and promoting local history.

 

PhRMA’s “Roadmap to Health” Program Makes Stop at Unity House in Troy

Troy, New York (February 15, 2019) – New York State Senator Neil Breslin and Assembly member John T. McDonald III joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) at the Unity House in Troy for the “Roadmap to Health” program. This newly-created mobile health fair program brings educational tools, resources and health screenings free of charge to communities in New York.

Roadmap to Health was developed in response to the rising rates of chronic disease in the United States. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), 11 million New Yorkers had at least one chronic disease in 2015 and the number of people living with multiple chronic diseases continues to grow.

In Troy, many residents face health challenges. A Community Needs Assessment by Samaritan Hospital found that residents of Rensselaer County faced high rates of respiratory conditions, cardiovascular conditions, and obesity.

At the heart of the problem, nationally and in the Troy, lies access; communities most acutely impacted are less likely to be able to access resources to help prevent, detect and treat chronic disease. The PFCD estimates that with better prevention and treatment of chronic disease, more than 45,000 lives could be saved in New York each year.

Roadmap to Health will provide residents with knowledge about their health and will travel throughout New York in the year ahead. Inside the mobile screening vehicle, participants can receive preventative health and wellness screenings administered and conducted by an independent medical screening firm, U.S. Mobile Health Exams. Available screenings include:

 

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index or BMI

 

As Roadmap to Health makes its way to other communities, additional screenings may be added.

“During my time in office, I have fought to ensure that New York residents have access to health care. I would like to thank PhRMA for providing these screenings and equipping our constituents with the information they need to protect their health. I am thrilled that they have partnered with Unity House to provide this service to those most in need,” said Senator Neil Breslin.

“I am proud to a part of Roadmap to Health’s first stop in the Capital Region. We need to continue to work to improve access to care, and I would like to thank PhRMA, New York Health Works, and Unity House for being a part of that work,” said Assembly member John T. McDonald III.

PhRMA is supporting the Roadmap to Health program in coordination with New York Health Works. By providing these community resources, including no-cost health screenings, PhRMA aims to empower individuals to protect and improve their health and wellness.

“Understanding that there can be barriers in accessing health care, PhRMA launched Roadmap to Heath to provide information and resources to empower New Yorkers to protect or improve their health. I’d like to thank Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly member John McDonald, and Unity House for hosting Roadmap to Health in Troy and partnering with us to bring these resources to Troy,” said Laura Perloff, senior director of advocacy and strategic alliances, PhRMA.

“At Unity House, we serve many people who face challenges in accessing health care because they are living in poverty, are experiencing homelessness, or are victims of domestic violence. I would like to thank PhRMA for bringing these much-needed screenings and resources to the people in our community who need it most,” said Chris Burke, CEO of Unity House.

Roadmap to Health will continue its road trip in New York in the coming weeks and months, and will partner with community organizations, faith-based centers and others to reach communities with these resources.

Information provided during Roadmap to Health programs is for informational and/or educational purposes only. The program is not engaged in rendering medical or similar professional services or advice, and the information provided is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a health care professional. Individuals should consult a physician or other medical professional for advice regarding any medical condition or treatment.

 

 

 

 

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