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Contact: Linda J. Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
(716) 664-8614

Public Invited to Community Conversation To Discuss the Health of Chautauqua County

Jamestown, New York (Friday, September 19, 2014)—On Wednesday, September 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. area residents are invited to join a Community Conversation—an open forum where the residents of Chautauqua County are invited to join in a discussion about the health and wellness of their surrounding communities.  The Community Conversation will be held at Jones Memorial Health Center (a division of WCA Hospital), located at 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown.  Use front entrance of Center and follow signs to the JMHC Auditorium.  Convenient, front door parking available.  

Refreshments will be provided.  Frist 20 attendees receive a $10 TOPS card.

During the Community Conversation, facilitators and note takers will be present to record feedback from residents on how to make changes to healthcare that are more patient-centered, and ideally will improve residents’ health at the same time.   Community Conversations ensures public opinion will be taken into account and used to improve health planning for our county.

The New York State Department of Health is sponsoring an initiative that will transform the way healthcare is delivered to Western New York residents over the next few years, especially health care for residents who are covered by Medicaid.

To learn about how to best design these changes, hospitals and health systems are seeking community input (through community conversations and others throughout Western New York) to learn what works in the healthcare system, which doesn’t work, and how to best build a stronger system to move New York State’s healthcare infrastructure into the future.

“The goal is for all parts of the healthcare system to work together to align focus and achieve better health outcomes,” said Christine Kemp, MPH, Coordinator, Community Health Improvement P2 Collaboratoive of Western New York.  “These conversations are our opportunity to learn what really matters to community residents when it comes to their health care.”

The first 20 attendees will receive a $10 tops gift card!  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call Linda at (716) 664-8614.

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