DUNDEE—One year has past and the Health Status Improvement Grant that includes all 5,000 residents of the towns of Barrington and Starkey and the village of Dundee is moving into a new phase of the project intended to impact the health of residents of the three municipalities. Part of that effort was a community meeting called Our Town RoCKS July 21.
More than 40 residents streamed into the Dundee Youth Center to enjoy pizza prior to the portion of the meeting devoted to small group activities during which participants decided what projects they would like to work on.
Health Improvement Project coordinator Lauren Snyder spoke about the meeting later, commenting, “I was thrilled with the turnout of residents. The whole project should be resident driven if it will be sustained.” Snyder said six small work groups met to select one or two projects. Some of the projects discussed were a bicycling event, ways to get people to stop in Dundee rather than just driving through town and evening activities.
One project has been a topic of discussion for many years and may become reality with the help of grant money: a coffee house at the youth center in downtown Dundee. One project that was launched several weeks ago is the Farm Market at the First Methodist Church parking lot on Water Street in Dundee Wednesday afternoons from 3 until 6 p.m. The three southern municipalities in Yates County were targeted for the project because they have the highest rates of poverty in the county with 18.6 percent under the poverty level and 45 percent under 200 percent of the poverty level. Areas of poverty often are lacking in the areas of education levels, employment and income, transportation, environment and availability of health services, all features that affect health. The project is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the SAY Rural Health Network is the sponsor.
There will be a meeting at the Dundee Youth Center at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 to provide training for work groups and to talk about the next steps. Any resident of the towns of Barrington and Starkey and the village of Dundee is welcome to attend.