Healthy Orange Schools and Communities (HOSC) Program was designed by the Orange County Department of Health and Orange County Department of Planning to implement sustainable policy, system and environmental changes in the targeted high-need school districts of Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD) and Port Jervis City School District (PJCSD) and the communities where the students and their families live.
NECSD is one of the 15 school districts selected for monitoring by New York State. The project will be funded by the NYS Department of Health at an annual amount of $250,000 for five years. The Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) will serve as lead in the project, in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Planning (OC Planning), to achieve the overarching goals of increasing access to healthy affordable foods and increasing access to opportunities for physical activities.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County (CCEOC) is also dedicated to HOSC program by providing nutrition education in many formats to the two target school districts and communities. CCEOC has a strong connection with the agricultural community which will benefit improvements made to increase healthy food access. OCDOH has significant experience working with both school districts in assisting with health and wellness programs in their school buildings. OC Planning has an extensive background in working with key county decision makers, including municipalities throughout the county, to implement policy and system change.
HOSC Outreach Staff:
Newburgh Office: (845) 360-6683
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