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Charles R. Wood Foundation Announces $1 Million Grant to Launch Hudson Headwaters’ Mobile Health Program

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The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded a $1 million Special Healthcare Initiative Grant in support of Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s Mobile Health Pilot Project. The Charles R. Wood Foundation launched its Special Health Initiative earlier this year to attract innovative funding opportunities that improve population health outcomes in the region. This grant award is the largest private contribution ever received by Hudson Headwaters and will be spread over three years.

As the region’s leader in advanced primary care, Hudson Headwaters’ mobile health project was selected for its emphasis on partnerships and data. The pilot phase will help Hudson Headwaters plan and scale for the region’s first primary care mobile health delivery system.

“The Charles R. Wood Foundation is pleased to assist Hudson Headwaters with this groundbreaking initiative for health care in the North Country,” said Charlene Wood, Chair of the Charles R. Wood Foundation. “We are committed to helping folks in rural areas receive proper health care and are hopeful this pilot program will continue to encourage other collaborations in the future.”

Hudson Headwaters expects the first mobile unit to be operational by early 2021. Working alongside community partners, data will help inform where best to deploy mobile resources and meet the needs of the region’s most vulnerable communities. By the end of the three-year pilot phase, Hudson Headwaters anticipates up to four mobile units serving the greater Adirondack and Glens Falls regions.

“Hudson Headwaters has a long-standing tradition of providing accessible health care in rural, hard-to-reach places.  And we’re no stranger to uncharted territory,” explained Hudson Headwaters CEO Tucker Slingerland, M.D. “Thanks to the Charles R. Wood Foundation’s support, mobile health capabilities will bring health care accessibility to a whole new level.”

Supporting local health care is one of the Charles R. Wood Foundation’s longstanding philanthropic priorities as bolstering the availability and quality of health care in the North Country is directly connected to healthy communities and individuals.

“The Charles R. Wood Foundation’s tremendous investment is a crucial step for getting mobile health care moving. We are grateful for their leadership commitment, which is an exciting beginning,” said Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation President Jim Himoff. “More community support and resources will be essential to realizing the full potential of mobile health.”