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The Tompkins Health Network (THN) was established in 2004 with New York State Office of Rural Health funds; it is a program of the Health Planning Council. The goal of the THN is to enhance the health care system so that Tompkins County residents have access to health care services; knowledge of available health care choices; and support for healthy lifestyle behaviors.  THN will focus its efforts on Tompkins County (TC), the geographic and primary service area of key partners.

These funds support our health care and prescription access programs including:

Prescription Meds Access Program (PMAP)is designed to help Tompkins County residents who don't have prescription coverage identify potential sources of low cost medicine. Dial 2-1-1 in Tompkins County (1-877-211-8667 from another county) and you will be connected with the program.

Urgent Rx provides vouchers for a limited supply of certain urgently-needed prescription medicines to individuals with no health insurance when they receive urgent care. Partnership between the Human Services Coalition, United Way of Tompkins County, Kinney Drugs, Cayuga Medical Center and the Ithaca Free Clinic.

"Get Covered Info Line" can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 in Tompkins County (1-877-211-8667 from another county) Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm for help navigating health insurance options. Also for more information about health insurance options.

"Getting Serious About Asthma Control"is a project working with Tompkins County Elementary School Health Offices and After-School programs to identify and implement asthma management tools and procedures. Additionally, a committee of local health care professionals and community members has been formed to further promote asthma management for the greater Tompkins County Community.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops The Health Planning Council partners with the Finger Lakes Independence Center to bring this award-winning tool to County residents. Provides adults, ages 18 and above, who have any chronic health condition with strategies for living a healthy lifestyle. Topics that are covered include physical activity, exercise, healthy eating, dealing with emotions, managing medications and much more. Call Finger Lakes Independence Center, 272-2433, to sign-up for upcoming sessions.

Health Care Workforce Development: Increase the supply of qualified health care professionals, focusing particularly on Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants.

Identify and implement steps to support the New York State Public Health Prevention Agenda including the priorities of a) physical activity and nutrition and  b) chronic disease and cancer.


Tompkins Health Network key partners include:

Cayuga Medical Associates, Elizabeth Schidzick-Brunelle, Operations Director
Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, Rob MacKenzie, M.D., President/CEO  
Finger Lakes Independence Center, Lenore Schwager, Executive Director
Health Planning Council, Betty Falcão, Director
Lifelong,  Bill Hawley, Executive Director
Tompkins County Health Department,
Alice Cole, Director
Tompkins Office for the Aging, Lisa Holmes, Director