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HRHCare Providing Complimentary Health Services To East End Agricultural Workers

Nicole Barylski

"Despite their huge contribution to Long Island's economy, agricultural workers are chronically underserved by our health care system," said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare).

On Thursday, March 10th, HRHCare will address the lack of assistance by hosting its second 'Day of Health' from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pindar Vineyards. Throughout the event, local agricultural workers will have access to free health assessments and other primary care services.

"After the enormous success of last November's 'Day of Health,' we're thrilled to partner with Pindar Vineyards and Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing again to provide the high-quality care HRHCare is known for to the people who need it most or might not otherwise have access," said Kauffman.

Services will include blood pressure screenings, a consultation with a bilingual medical provider, family health history assessments, farmworker safety training, farmworker voucher enrollment, health insurance information and enrollment, nutritional education, referrals for specialty care, and guidance scheduling a follow-up appointment at an HRHCare Health Center in Suffolk County for comprehensive medical, behavioral health, and dental appointments.

"Pindar Vineyards is pleased to be able to offer a location for HRHCare to provide local farm workers with health screenings that they otherwise would not have available to them," added Pindar Damianos, Owner and Director of Vineyard Management for Pindar Vineyards. "We hope that hosting this Day of Health in March will further raise awareness of the program and thereby expand it to more locations across the East End of Long Island."

Barbara Shinn, co-founder of Shinn Estate Vineyards, served as a co-host of the inaugural 'Day of Health' last November, which attracted over 70 Long Island agricultural workers. She is thrilled that it was so successful and plans to support the event by making sure her employees meet with HRHCare professionals again. "Working with HRHCare is extraordinary," said Shinn. "We are so thankful to have this team of professionals here on the East End providing health care to our farmworkers."

Agriculture is responsible for nearly $260 million of the local economy and is the largest industry on Long Island. Unfortunately, farmworkers and their families often have difficulties gaining access to quality health care. 'Day of Health' was made possible due to funds raised during HRHCare Foundation and Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing's Honoring the Hands benefit, which was held in July 2015. The HRHCare Foundation's mission is to support the workers of Long Island's wine industry and other underserved groups that fall within its 10-county service area.

Pindar Vineyards is located at 37645 NY-25 in Peconic. For more information, visit www.hrhcare.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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