The assemblywoman, speaking at a luncheon at the Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton marking the organization's 30th anniversary Tuesday, said the council has changed its mission over the years to best meet the needs of North Country families.
"I really want to thank everyone in this room for their past, present and future work on this very important issue," she said, noting she had been inspired listening to the other speakers at the luncheon.
She said she found listening to the history and evolution of an organization that has lasted for 30 years despite funding stream pressure from the state was informative.
"This agency is at the frontlines of the transition to a modern approach to health care. Breaking down silos, working collaboratively, working regionally. These are all approaches that we know work, and not just here but across the state. It can be replicated in other areas as well," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
The North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council was incorporated in July 1988 and was the first perinatal network in New York State.
The agency has expanded its services, programs, collaborations and partnerships which has allowed it to better carry out its mission of strengthening the health and well-being of North Country families.
Services range from reproductive, maternal and women's health services to home visits for adults with chronic health issues.
"Fort Drum coming to our area, becoming the home of the 10th Mountain Division, really helped us in unique ways. This organization is just as critical to our communities," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
"They’ve not only helped young families coming to the area but all of us that have lived here forever and always struggled with access to high-quality and affordable health care," she added.
The assemblywoman recalled she and her three siblings went to Dr. George Sturtz without insurance, and he would develop a payment plan to make it work.
But she said over time things changed, and it became more difficult to access affordable health care without insurance.
"The NCPPC has helped people in our community make that transition and continues to do so," she said.
Assemblywoman Jenne presented NCPPC with a citation from the New York State Assembly honoring its 30th anniversary.
"I join you in celebrating the success of this modern approach to health care, and I’ll be sure to bring that message with me to Albany. This is an approach that works, and we need to make sure it’s heard," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
IN THE PHOTOS:
Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne congratulates the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Inc., on its 30th anniversary. Tina Cobb, the agency's executive director, stands in the background.