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Health coalition plans ‘UMatter’ campaign

Door-to-door county survey to start Saturday

The Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community, a group of more than 30 organizations that provide essential healthcare, social and educational services in Schenectady County kicked off  “UMATTER Schenectady” campaign in Schenectady City Hall Rotunda on Thursday morning. “UMATTER Schenectady” is a first-of-it’s kind  community-based campaign to identify unmet health and social needs, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and build an action plan to address them. Here James W. Connolly, President, Chief Executive Officer of Ellis Medicine, talks about the new "UMATTER Schenectady" program.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community, a group of more than 30 organizations that provide essential healthcare, social and educational services in Schenectady County kicked off “UMATTER Schenectady” campaign in Schenectady City Hall Rotunda on Thursday morning. “UMATTER Schenectady” is a first-of-it’s kind community-based campaign to identify unmet health and social needs, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and build an action plan to address them. Here James W. Connolly, President, Chief Executive Officer of Ellis Medicine, talks about the new "UMATTER Schenectady" program.
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Agencies across Schenectady County have joined together to assess the community’s health, behaviors and access to care, and they’re going to do it neighborhood by neighborhood, door by door. If you knock on Jazella Lewis’s door, the 34-year-old mother of two will tell you there are too many children in her neighborhood with nothing to do after school, and that it’s affecting their health as they grow up. “The children don’t have positive things to ...


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clare1art
February 22, 2013
10:29 a.m.

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In these days of crisis in the City of Schdy, I believe we have more important problems to address. We have "x" amount of vacant houses with absentee landlords not paying their fair share of taxes. The City is in big financial trouble, etc. These are the things that have effected me. I am a senior struggleing to pay National Grid bills, food bills, repair bills on my home which as assessed two years ago to an outrageious assessment of $150,000. My taxes are $2500 and my house is ready to fall down! My income is a minimal amount of a small pension in the amount of $480 and social security $898.00. I do not get any freebies such as the ones your survey will include. Let's get real here. Most of the survey includes monies for those who are already getting free housing, food stamps, etc. I am very angry that I am being fleeced by this city and nobody helps me. When will this city listen to those of us who are finding it very difficult to meet our obligations? I think you should rethink your survey to include some of us who are the pillars of the community providing all the freebies to those who never stop taking or making an effort to help themselves. These are the people who believe that we should all take care of them and their families. Nobody took care of me or my family. I had to get out and work like a "jackass" and still in my retirement finding it very hard to live in this very expensive city. Unfortunately, I have lived here all my life and cannot afford to move! Your survey is nothing but more ways to get grant moneys, etc and spend them on those in the community who won't get up and find a job. I have an aide who come in to help me bathe. She gets free food stamps, free housing, free medical, etc.,etc.,etc. and she is just one of the many people in this city who is taking from those of us who meet our obligations. Stop listening to all the sad stories. If we stop giving to these people they might have to go and work for what they want.

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