Who we are
Established in July 2001, CNYAHEC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization working to improve health care access, delivery, and outcomes in a 14-county region of Central New York.
The CNYAHEC service area is home to 24 hospitals located in predominantly rural areas serving a total regional population of over 1.62 million people. There are numerous geographic pockets of federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) within the CNYAHEC region, specifically in the areas of primary health care, mental health care, and dental health care.
The mission of CNYAHEC was adopted in June 2002 and reads as follows:
CNYAHEC, through collaborative efforts, improves access to quality health care by promoting improvements in the supply, training, development and distribution of health professionals in a 14-county area.
Strategic planning is guided by the mission and allows CNYAHEC to focus its efforts in four priority areas:
- Health careers exploration
- Continuing education programs and services
- Clinical training opportunities
- Community partnership development
James X. Kennedy, LMSW, MS
Director of Compliance
David W. Felton
President & Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Crouse Community Center Nursing Facility
Fred Farley, PhD, FACHE, CNAA
John Sigg, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
& Human Performance
Senior Business Advisor Empire Advocates
Allison A.N. Duggan, MD, FACS Clinical Quality Medical Director Crouse Health
Tammy L. Austin-Ketch, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Nursing
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Brian Forrest, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Cayuga Medical Center
Cayuga Health System
Kent N. Hall, M.D.
SVP/Chief Physician Executive
Mohawk Valley Health System
Allison A.N. Duggan, M.D., FACS
Clinical Quality Medical Director
Carrie A. Roseamelia, PhD
Assistant Dean for Rural Medicine and Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Family Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University