Understanding Anxiety and the Mind-Body Connection

By Terry Yonker RN, MS, FNP-BC,  Telepsychiatry Clinical Care Coordinator,  Finger Lakes Community Health Butterflies… Sweaty palms… Heightened senses…What do you these words describe? Anxiety of course! Anxiety is a part of life.  As adults, we all face stress from money worries, health concerns, work deadlines, parenting challenges, and relationship issues. Anxiety and worry have their place as useful emotions and are even critical to our survival. Short term, we benefit from the body’s response to stress by experiencing increased alertness, motivation, and caution in decision making. Our bodies become revved up to face life challenges including planning and moving toward goals and commitments. However, when stress lasts a long time it may be...

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Let’s start your year off right with these health tips for everyone! By Dr. Jose Canario

  With the new year comes a clean slate. Another chance to adopt new, healthy habits and keep up the old ones. And we’re not just talking about healthy eating and staying active, preventive health is just as important to your overall health. Now is a good time to review some healthy reminders to take into the new year. Primary Care Providers matter Do you have a primary care provider (PCP)? If not, now is the time to choose one. A PCP is the key to overall good health. You want to start by establishing a relationship with a clinician, such as a physician, family nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, someone who wants to...

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Dr. Jose Canario Joins Finger Lakes Community Health as Medical Director

Penn Yan, NY — October 17, 2016 — Finger Lakes Community Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Jose Canario has joined the organization as their new Medical Director overseeing the clinical staff. He will also be seeing patients at Ovid Community Health. “Working for a community health center is important to me due to that word: community,” Dr. Canario says. Throughout the past ten years as a physician, he has come to realize that understanding a population through its individuals and families helps with the treatment of many health problems. Community involvement and the overall health of all its members are central to improving the health of his patients. Dr. Canario’s approach to...

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Reducing Teen Pregnancy for Two Decades: What still needs to be done?

Olivia Catalano, Health Advocate & New York State Certified Application Counselor Since 1991 teen pregnancy has declined 51% and teen births have dropped 61% in the US. This progress should not be mistaken for victory. Nearly 1 in 4 teen girls will still get pregnant by age 20. With these declines, studies still show that nearly 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned and that women of color and women with low economic status are more likely to become pregnant. We can continue to decrease these numbers by talking about sexual health thus reducing the stigma of this topic. By providing medically accurate comprehensive sex education and having access to medical services, we will further reduce...

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Good news! We can detect Colon Cancer before it is cancer!

By Dr. Rob Shelly, a physician with Finger Lakes Community Health, sees patients at Sodus Community Health. And that’s very good news about Colon Cancer, says Rob Shelly, M.D. at Finger Lakes Community Health. Though Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men (after prostate cancer and lung cancer) and women (after breast cancer and lung cancer), we have several tests that detect it before it becomes cancer. And there’s more good news…. The rates of new colorectal cancer cases and deaths among adults aged 50 years or older are decreasing in this country due to the many options for early detection.  Screenings can often find the disease at an...

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Why do I need a primary care provider?

If you’re very healthy, you may ask yourself, why have primary care? What is the value of a primary care provider? A primary care provider is the key to good health. You’re even asked to select a primary care provider when choosing health insurance. Start by establishing a relationship with a clinician, such as a physician or physician assistant, who goes beyond just getting to know you personally, but allows the provider to give you healthcare solutions that are specifically tailored to you. After all, you are unique and your healthcare should be too! Four benefits of having a primary care provider Better to know you! Your provider will be more familiar with your...

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The Pharmacy at Geneva Community Health is Now Open to Everyone

Finger Lakes Community Health is pleased to announce the opening of The Pharmacy at Geneva Community Health. Patients now have the convenience to get prescriptions filled during medical and dental visits at Geneva Community Health located at 601-B Washington Street, Geneva. Two full-time pharmacists are on staff, Monday through Friday. The Pharmacy will be open the same hours as the health center with extended hours on Tuesday evenings.  Our two pharmacists, Stephanie L. Donlon, PharmD, and Patricia McCauley, PharmD, RPh, are from the Finger Lakes Region. Stephanie grew up in Geneva and Patricia has worked at area pharmacies for many years. “Opening a pharmacy for our patients has been a primary focus this past...

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View our new TV Spots. “The better we know you, the better your care.”

That’s the theme of our new ad campaign that you will see on Time Warner Cable stations. They feature the providers of Finger Lakes Community Health. So whether you live in or around Geneva, Penn Yan, Sodus, Ovid, or Port Byron, our health centers are here to provide primary care, pediatrics, dental, and reproductive health services. Get to know us. Call us at 315.531.9102. We are accepting new patients. Click below to view the television commercials:    ...

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NEED HELP FINDING HEALTH INSURANCE?

LOOK NO FURTHER. WE MAKE APPLYING EASIER. Finger Lakes Community Health has added three people to its staff to help with health insurance enrollment. They have been specially trained to help with finding new health insurance options on the New York State of Health Marketplace. “With the Affordable Care Act many more people are now eligible for health insurance but finding and applying for it can be confusing. Our Certified Application Counselors/Navigators have been trained by the Community Health Care Association of NY (CHCANYS) and the NYS Dept. of Health. Our Certified Applications Counselors/Navigators help them find and apply for the appropriate insurance. We take the hassle out of getting health insurance,” says Mary Zelazny,...

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Terry Yonker, FNP honored with the Rosemarie Forstner Award

Terry Yonker, FNP honored with the Rosemarie Forstner Award for developing programs to improve healthcare  Penn Yan, NY — December 2, 2013 — Finger Lakes Community Health, an independent group of federally qualified community health centers, is pleased to announce that Terry J. Yonker, RN, MS, FNP was given the Rosemarie Forstner Award at the recent  Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS) Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.  This prestigious award recognizes Ms. Yonker for her tireless work as the Telehealth Clinical Coordinator for Finger Lakes Community Health that includes the implementation of nationally recognized telehealth programming to provide access to a range of healthcare providers for our patients.   The Rosemarie Forstner Award...

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Ovid Community Health Opens New Medical and Dental Facility

Penn Yan, NY — October 3, 2013 — Mary Zelazny, CEO, Finger Lakes Community Health, is pleased to announce the opening of the Ovid Community Health at 7150 N. Main Street. The new facility has over 4,500 sq. ft. of clinical space with four medical exam rooms and four private dental suites. “We are excited to offer the community this new health center with three experienced providers. We have medical, dental, reproductive health, and behavioral health services available,” says Mary Zelazny, CEO Finger Lakes Community Health, an independent group of community health centers. “With our new health center we are able to see patients right in their community by an experienced medical provider. Joining...

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Providing Migrant Workers With Healthcare is Important

Agriculture is a vital component of the New York State economy. Over one quarter of the total acreage in New York is used for agricultural purposes (NYS, 2011), with sales exceeding $4.5 billion annually in NYS. The need for a healthy stable workforce remains a critical aspect of this segment of the economy. Due to the seasonal nature of farming, it is important that there is a reliable source of healthy workers. In order to attract and maintain that important workforce, growers and producers rely heavily on migrant and seasonal farmworkers who come to NYS to work in a variety of roles to support the farming industry. For our farms to thrive and succeed, it is...

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Sodus Community Health achieves 100% immunization rate for children

Sodus, N.Y. — The Wayne Post announced that Wayne County Public Health recently completed an immunization survey at Sodus  Community Health. The immunization survey looks to see how many children, ages 19 to 35 months receive the recommended vaccines; Dtap, Polio, MMR, HIB,  Hep B, Varicella,  and Pneumcoccol Conjugate13. The National Immunization Survey indicates that 66 percent of children in New York, excluding New York City, are age appropriately  immunized by age 35 months of age. Sodus Community Health has achieved 100 percent immunization coverage for  its 19 to 35-month-old children. Last year they reached over 90 percent. For questions about what immunizations a child needs and when, call Wayne County Public Health at 315- 946-5749 or...

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Penn Yan Community Health Dental Center Now Open

  Mary Zelazny, CEO, Finger Lakes Community Health, is pleased to announce the opening of the Penn Yan Community Health Dental Center on March 18th at 160 Main Street, the former location of the PYCH Medical Center which has relocated to 112 Kimball Avenue. “Our community will benefit from a full-service dental center and we are pleased to have Dr. Erin McTernan join us at the PYCH Dental Center,” says Mary Zelazny, CEO Finger Lakes Community Health, an independent group of community health centers. The Penn Yan Community Health Dental Center accepts most insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale based on income.  The Penn Yan Community Health Medical Center is now seeing...

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FLCH receives 2012 Migrant Health Center Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GENEVA, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Community Health has been chosen by the National Association of Community Health Centers as the recipient of the 2012 Migrant Health Center Award. This award recognizes the health center’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the migrant health center mission and to community-based health care overall. The Migrant Health Awardees were recognized during NACHC’s 2012 National Farmworker Health Conference, May 9 – 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Finger Lakes Community Health was nominated for the Migrant Health Center Award for three principle reasons which are:  1) its ongoing commitment to migrant healthcare roots, 2) technological innovation in the face of adverse conditions and 3) their willingness to...

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