Garnet Health collaborates with organizations, schools, public agencies and businesses to educate the public, shift policy, and create a culture of health for the communities we serve. It is our goal to engage and influence other sectors while providing leadership for dynamic, large scale change. By committing to community health work, Garnet Health will be a key driver to improving health and reducing chronic disease in our communities.
Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills provides health resources and education to our community in an effort to improve the health of families and support wellness proactively through promotion of healthy lifestyles; research; free classes, seminars, support groups and screenings; training and disease prevention. We also participate in and sponsor numerous community events including but not limited to health fairs, walks/runs, conferences and other health related efforts.
Our community health program partners with numerous local agencies to positively affect the health and well-being of our community as a whole.
In 2016 A University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute report published that:
- Only 10% of health can be attributed to clinical care
- 40% has been attributed to social and economic factors
- 30% to health behaviors
- 10% to environmental factors.
Garnet Health, comprised of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills and Garnet Health Medical Center, has made community health initiatives a priority to specifically improve the health equity of Orange and Sullivan counties, acknowledging that there are multiple health determinants other than medical care, including social factors such as education, poverty, inequality, and the environment.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Every 3 years, we conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment to evaluate the health needs of individuals living in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The aim of the assessment is to reinforce Garnet Health’s commitment to the health of its residents and align its health prevention efforts with the community’s greatest needs. The findings from the assessment were utilized by Garnet Health to prioritize public health issues and develop a community health implementation plan focused on meeting community needs identified. For 2019 – 2021, our focus will be on the following priority areas:
- Orange County: Prevent Chronic Disease & Prevent Communicable Disease
- Sullivan County: Prevent Chronic Disease & Promote Well-Being and Prevent Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Our priority areas were based on several discussions with key stake holders in Orange and Sullivan Counties as well as information provided to us in community surveys that resident’s completed.
In conjunction with Eat Smart New York, SNAP-Ed and Ayo Fitness, Garnet Health has developed a program called Warrior Kids which is designed to inspire children to develop lifelong healthy habits through education, fitness and fun! Each week, participants of the program benefit from a 30-minute educational session followed by a 30-minute high-energy workout, both led by an accomplished fitness instructor. The program emphasizes the 5-2-1-Almost None formula for being a healthy kid:
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- No more than 2 hours of screen time per day
- Get 1 hour of physical activity per day
- Almost None of your drinks are sugary beverages
Warrior Kids is offered to large groups of campers or students for four consecutive weeks. Each child who completes the program receives a certificate and a free Warrior Kids gift bag.
Manager of Physician Relations & Community Health
Moira Mencher, MBA joined Garnet Health as Physician Liaison in 2019 and has developed an effective Physician Relations Program that promotes working relationships between Garnet Health, members of the medical staff, their office staff and physicians within the community. Ms. Mencher has also worked closely with the Community Health Department to include physicians in community health initiatives.
In her new role, Ms. Mencher oversees physician relations and community health, and is facilitating the synergy of these two departments. She works with community organizations in Sullivan and Orange Counties to integrate and align Garnet Health System’s Community Health programs with community health initiatives as outlined by each county’s Community Health Needs Assessment and the System’s Corporate Community Health Plan.
Additionally, Ms. Mencher collaborates with community partners to improve the health of Sullivan and Orange Counties through innovations in education, patient care, research, community and physician engagement. She provides integrated research, planning and leadership in the development of community health initiatives and identifies community health program grant funding opportunities.
Ms. Mencher previously worked at Good Samaritan Hospital as a healthcare analyst. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Business