HRHCare Foundation and Long Island Agricultural Community Raise $77,500 to Support Health Care Access for Local Agricultural Workers at Second Annual ‘Honoring the Hands’ Benefit

honoring2Hosted in Partnership with Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers, Fundraiser Supports HRHCare Agricultural Health Fund, a Critical Resource for Increasing Access to Care for Farmworkers and Families

RIVERHEAD, NY — Over 115 New Yorkers joined the HRHCare Foundation last Thursday for the second annual ‘Honoring the Hands’ benefit at Martha Clara Vineyards, raising $77,500 to support access to health care for Long Island agricultural workers and their families. Hosted in partnership with Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers, Barbara Shinn and David Page of Shinn Estate Vineyards and Jonathan Russo and Deborah Grayson, the event celebrated the region’s flourishing wine community and the remarkable work of its farmworkers.

In 2015, the event raised $60,000, which supported two ‘Days of Health’ at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Pindar Vineyards for over 100 farmworkers and their families. The events featured health screenings for workers by a bilingual team of HRHCare physicians and health care workers, and included blood pressure screenings, nutrition consultations, vaccinations, referrals for both primary care and specialty care, Farmworker Voucher enrollment and health insurance enrollment and guidance.

“HRHCare is committed to providing quality primary and preventive care to underserved populations on Long Island. The success of this year’s event proves that the entire agricultural community shares that commitment,” said Anne Kaufmann Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). “As the only federally qualified health center in Suffolk County, we’re proud to do our part to improve healthcare access to those who put food on our tables. ‘Honoring the Hands’ will go a long way toward making comprehensive care a reality for farmworkers and their families.”

As the largest industry on Long Island, generating almost $260 million annually, agriculture plays a critical role in sustaining the region’s economy. Despite the size of the industry, workers often suffer severe health effects, including musculoskeletal conditions, poor nutrition, and asthma. HRHCare is proud to use the proceeds of the ‘Honoring the Hands’ event to sponsor ‘Days of Health’ for agricultural workers and their families, ensuring they receive the high quality care they deserve.

HRHCare itself employs nearly 250 people at its facilities on Long Island, serving over 35,000 patients annually. With nine health centers in Suffolk County alone, HRHCare seeks to support the workers behind the scenes of Long Island’s wine industry, and other underserved populations.

“Nothing is more important to Long Island’s agricultural industry than the well-being of the employees who make it run smoothly,” said Barbara Shinn, Co-founder of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers and Shinn Estate Vineyards. “We’re proud to support the hard work behind the region’s largest industry, and to bring people together to recognize and reward the incredible contributions of our farmworkers to the industry’s continued success.”

“The best way to make great wine is to invest in people – and we’re proud to have done just that at this year’s benefit,” said David Page, Co-founder of Shinn Estate Vineyards. “We share HRHCare’s tireless commitment to the health of agricultural workers and their families, and look forward to continuing to serve this community as we rely on their efforts in the future.”

In partnership with the Archdicoese of New York and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, HRHCare recently launched a mobile medical center in the Hudson Valley that will travel to farms and community centers to provide free screenings to farmworkers, linking them to primary care providers for continued treatment.

About HRHCare

HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.) is a nonprofit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Founded 40 years ago to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, New York, HRHCare is now one of the nation’s largest community health providers. From the Capitol Region to the east end of Long Island, HRHCare’s network of 27 health centers provides affordable, accessible care to more than 135,000 patients through 500,000 visits annually. Our more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for high-quality and compassionate care for all.

For more information contact:

Mitch Schwartz

(646) 930-0229

mschwartz@skdknick.com

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