Catskill Hudson AHEC receives John T. Sloper Community Fund Grant

CATSKILL HUDSON AHEC RECEIVES JOHN T. SLOPER COMMUNITY FUND GRANT
FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF DUTCHESS COUNTY

Contact:  Katherine Doyle                                                           June 6, 2008
(845) 883-7260 

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County has awarded a grant to Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center in the amount of $6,000 through the John T. Sloper Community Fund in support of the EMS Leadership Academy – Web-casting.   The EMS Leadership Academy Web-casting provides EMS leadership continuing education workshops to rural and urban volunteer emergency medical service providers across an eleven county region.

Since 2005, Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center (Catskill Hudson AHEC) has provided five EMS Leadership workshops to EMS personnel.  These workshops have been so successful the EMS community has asked for additional sessions.  The John T. Sloper Community Fund support will enable Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center to purchase portable web-casting equipment that allows the EMS Leadership Academy to be offered as a distance learning workshop and expand the EMS Leadership audience via the Internet. 

Catskill Hudson AHEC is a non-profit organization that addresses healthcare workforce shortages by promoting healthcare career education and awareness throughout an eleven county region which includes Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.  One of only nine AHECs in New York State, Catskill Hudson AHEC is home to 29 hospitals and serves a total regional population of over 1.5 million people.  For information on Catskill Hudson AHEC programs and services visit www.catskillhudsonahec.org or call 845-883-7260.

The John T. Sloper Community Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and endowed with the proceeds from the sale of Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service.  Founded in 1958 by John T. Sloper, the company motto was:  “That lives may be saved.”  This fund was established to honor the legacy of John T. Sloper and the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, to promote and encourage people and organizations to provide emergency medical services, and to save lives.

Since 1969, the Community Foundation of Dutchess County has been a driving force for philanthropy in our community.  Representing thousands of donors through more than 380 separate funds totaling more than $30 million in assets, the Foundation channels much needed resources to the community through grants and scholarships.  The Foundation’s mission is to connect people who care with causes that matter.  For more information about the Community Foundation of Dutchess County please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.cfdcny.org or call 845-452-3077.