Farnham Family Services Receives Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Award for Community Health – Oswego County Today

(Left to right) From Farnham Family Services: Mary Jo Proietta-Halpern, Director of Clinical Services; Willard Tolles, Peer Advocate; Chris Baszto, sr. Service Manager; Larry Fisher, Recovery Services Manager; Eric Bresee, Executive Director; Eric Stranak, director of recovery services. From Excellus BlueCross BlueShield: Robyn Smith, Head of Community Investments and Partnerships; Mark Muthumbi, Regional President.

OSWEGO — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded Farnham Family Services a $5,000 Community Health Award to support the organization’s Community Connections program.

The program provides the local community with non-perishable food boxes and hygiene kits every two weeks. The boxes/kits can be delivered to help break down the transportation barriers that some face in rural communities.

“The support of this award allows Farnham to have an impact on a critical social determinant of health that we would not otherwise have the resources to address,” said Eric Bresee, Executive Director, Farnham Family Services. “Helping the people we serve manage their basic needs pays significant dividends for overall health improvement and allows them to focus more energy on achieving their recovery goals. We appreciate the continued support of our partners at Excellus.

Through a competitive application process, the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards provide funding to initiate, expand and sustain programs and services that promote health. These investments advance health equity by improving community health status, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and improving general well-being; and are based on the extent of need, program objectives, and potential for positive impact on community health status.

“Our Community Health Awards demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Mark Muthumbi, Central New York Regional President for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. . “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies working to remove barriers to care and improve community health in upstate New York.”

In the more than 80 years that Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has served the residents of Upstate New York, the company has supported hundreds of programs that strive to improve the health status of area residents. . For more information, visit https://news.excellusbcbs.com/news-room/community-investments-partnerships.

The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield New York Central Region encompasses Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Cortland and Tompkins counties.

Farnham Family Services is a private, nonprofit, NYS-licensed organization that assists people with substance abuse and behavioral disorders, providing high-quality, recovery-oriented, outpatient treatment and prevention services that are available to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties. For more information about Farnham Family Services, visit www.farnhaminc.org.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million members in upstate New York. The company’s mission is to help people live healthier, safer lives through access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. Its products and services include economical discounts on prescription drugs, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by offering paid time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit ExcellusBCBS.com.

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