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Top Stories, January 10, 2022

It's Capital Project Voting Day  In Bath

Voting is going on now for Bath School District voters for the capital project, and voting lasts until 8:00 tonight.  You can vote at the Bath School Districts Office, 25 Ellas Avenue in Bath.


The Sheriff Is Working To Get A New K9 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard spoke with the county public safety committee, about getting a new K9.  Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says, that’s because a K9 named Damon, died some months ago.  "It's a competitive market from what I understand," Wheeler tells WVIN.  "There is about a week's notice that a k9 is available, and the sheriff has been authorized by the county public safety committee, to buy a new law enforcement dog."


Corning Centerway Square Is Up For A Vote 

Corning’s Centerway Square has been nominated for “Best Public Square” in the country by a panel of experts for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, voting goes until February 6th at Noon, and you can vote once a day.  To vote, go to 10best.com


Gillibrand: Over $130 Million For Health Care

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says that she has secured over $130 million dollars in federal funding going to help the American health care system, some of the funding will help treat RSV.  

  1. $42.3 million appropriated for maternal health: This funding will support maternal health care services and address the maternal mortality and postpartum depression (PPD) crises facing the nation. It also funds a Maternal Mental Health Hotline to provide a 24-hour emergency contact for struggling mothers and families in need of immediate support. In addition, $34 million was authorized for the Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Act, which expands grants for states to create programs to address maternal mental health and substance use disorders.
  2. $50 million authorized for bolstering the community health care workforce: This funding will support public health jobs and infrastructure in New York and across the country. This funding builds on Senator Gillibrand’s Health Force legislation to recruit, train and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans to build public health capacity in underserved communities.
  3. $9.2 million for Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness: This funding will support academic institutions with Centers for Public Health Preparedness. Academic medical centers have been at the forefront of our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and have historically been used to establish infrastructure for advancing life-saving medical discoveries. This forward-thinking federal investment will provide direct support and fortify our nation’s emergency response preparedness by supporting cutting-edge research, education, patient care, and community outreach.
  4. $47 million for Area Health Education Centers (AHEC): This funding will help support AHECs across the country, including the 9 across New York State. More than six million New Yorkers live in primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs); this figure exceeds the primary care HPSA populations of 46 other states. Local New York AHECs help address workforce shortages by introducing high school students to careers in health care and working with local nursing, medical, and physician assistant schools to provide students an opportunity to understand the social and cultural factors that influence an individual’s overall health and access to quality care.  The nearest AHEC office is in Warsaw, NY. 
  1. $33 million for Lyme and tick-borne diseases: This funding will support research, surveillance, and prevention for Lyme and tick-borne diseases. New York State has seen over 90,000 reported cases of Lyme in the last two decades, and incidence of Lyme nationally has nearly doubled since the early 1990s. Despite the high number of vector-borne diseases in New York and across the country, the federal investment in research and prevention for these diseases has remained low, with just a few hundred dollars spent per case of Lyme disease.



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