St. Lawrence County

The Health INITIATIVE

To measurably improve the health of St. Lawrence County residents, and
 the residents of the North Country Region, through collaborative
community efforts.

GET HEALTHY St. LAWRENCE COUNTY

OUR MISSION

The Health Initiative was created out of a collaboration by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Leaders from these institutions brought together over 200 individuals – representing a broad spectrum of the community including health, human service, business, government and education – to conduct a thorough assessment of health in St. Lawrence County. The steering committee identified three health priority areas that needed to be addressed county-wide: Access to Care; Nutrition and Physical Activity; and Substance Use, focusing on youth tobacco use. The agency was incorporated in 1999 as a free-standing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to secure resources and programming to address the identified priorities.

The Health Initiative

Our Programs

Teens HELP is a teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health education program.

Teens HELP

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North Country Jr. Iron Chef is a competition for teams of regional & high school students to develop and prepare tasty, healthy recipes which could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria.

North Country Jr. Iron Chef

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The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of the North Country works to decrease rates of cancer and cancer mortality among uninsured people living in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St Lawrence County.

Cancer Prevention In Action

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Diabetes Prevention Program

The program can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health overall, and help you feel more energetic.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Learn more about our diabetes prevention program.
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Health Insurance Navigators

We have state certified navigators to assist you in finding out about subisdies and tax credits available to off set the cost of health insurance. There are many plans available that are low cost or no cost at all.

Health Insurance Navigators

Learn more about how our health insurance navigators can help you find the right insurance for you and your family.
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Adirondack Wellness Connections

Adirondack Wellness Connections

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Helping Youth Develop & Empower (HYDE)

Helping Youth Develop & Empower (HYDE)

Learn more about our HYDE program.
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Lifestyle Program Training & Technical Assistance Center

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Lifestyle Program Training & Technical Assistance Center

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Bridge To Wellness Coalition

Bridge To Wellness Coalition

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Our Office

6439 St. Hwy. 56 • Potsdam • New York • 13676