The Health Initiative provides youth development and pregnancy prevention, school and community based nutrition and physical activity support, chronic disease self management, cancer services, diabetes prevention and enrollment into health insurance.
P.O. Box 5069
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 261-4760
M-F 8:00-5:00, (Programming flexible)
The agency was created out of a collaboration by Canton Potsdam Hospital and the 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 Health Initiative was incorporated in 1999 as a free-standing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to acquire resources and programs to address the identified priorities.
The Health Initiative continues to build on this rich history of collaboration by maintaining multi-agency collaboration as a requirement of every project. The agency is also committed to supporting other community agencies in their efforts including helping others to obtain resources, sharing data, information and materials, and through joint projects. This philosophy is summed up by the agency's mission statement To measurably improve the health of county residents through a collaborative community effort.
The mission of the Health Initiative is to:
measurably improve the health of St. Lawrence County residents, and the residents of the North Country Region, through collaborative community efforts.