Public Health officials and others are urging Central New Yorkers to learn their HIV status so they can get treated and avoid infecting others. But it's an uphill battle...the Centers for Disease Control estimates one out of five people nationwide living with HIV is unaware of their status. John Wikiera with the CNY HIV Care Network tells us why it's not so easy to get people tested.
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Doctor Cynthia Morrow tells us why "normalizing" HIV might remove the psychological barriers to getting tested.
The future of medical care for senior citizens in Central New York took a big step in the right direction today as staff and patients gathered to officially open the area’s first geriatric emergency department at Upstate’s Community Campus. Emergency Medicine Director Jamie Ciaccio will help lead the new eight bed unit called Gem Care that will offer geriatric-specific equipment and emergency care to those 65 and older. With state of the art technology, Ciaccio says Gem Care’s staff members will work as a team to encourage quick and efficient discharges.
Farmers and low-income families in Central New York continue to benefit from a program aimed at encouraging people to buy fresh, local produce. New York State recently received its largest-in-the-nation allocation of 3.4 million dollars for the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. In this two part series, we examine the nutritional and economic impacts of the program.