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Dundee area improvement plan gets early approval

DUNDEE—The Dundee, Barrington, and Starkey health improvement project is ahead of other communities in the program, being approved for three more years early, according to the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
Lauren Snyder, project coordinator, said the Dundee area improvement project was approved in February. Barb Zappia, senior program officer for the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, said the Dundee area residents “really moved along” and submitted the application before the deadline. She added that four other communities in Rochester are submitting their plans for approval, April 1. The program is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, and the S2AY Rural Health Network is Dundee’s sponsor.
Snyder added this certainly looks good. She explained it shows that the residents have taken the project into their own hands and are looking into ways to improve the health of the community. Snyder explained that as part of the program, she and Gayle Furst are staff, but the participating residents must decide what to do.
In the proposal, the improvement project outlined things residents want to do. Snyder said each of the five individual workgroups has projects they want to implement over the next three years.
However, she added they will plan each year as it comes and revise the plan as necessary. Snyder said the goal to improve community health won’t be achieved within this three year span, or even within the next six years. Changes would not be seen until 10 to 15 years later.
“If the project is still funded, residents will look at the outcome data and continue to revise the plan,” she said.
The Dundee area improvement project’s five groups are increasing services and access to services, encouraging healthy behaviors, social activities, improving the appearance of Water Street, and economic health. Snyder said some of the proposed projects in the approved plan include the Scottish Festival, an Everything Dundee store, and planning more activities for Dundee Day.
She added that through the program, mini-grants have been available since the Dundee project started two years ago. These projects included an exercise program for children, painting a mural on the side of Pudgie’s Express in Dundee, and helping an Eagle Scout with his project.
The next meeting of the Dundee area improvement project will be April 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Dundee Area Youth Center.

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