This morning, the Hartwick College Nursing Department hosted New York State Senator James L. Seward '73, H'99, who attended the Rural Health Nursing Theory and Practicum class this morning to discuss issues relating to rural health and nursing in rural communities.

Hartwick College Nursing Department Hosts Senator Seward

January 17, 2014

This morning, the Hartwick College Nursing Department hosted New York State Senator James L. Seward '73, H'99. Seward visited the Rural Health Nursing Theory and Practicum class on campus to discuss issues relating to health and nursing in rural communities.

During his visit, Senator Seward spoke with students about a variety of issues and topics. In recent years, for instance, a Telemedicine and Mobile Health Technology Fund Initiative received grant funding. "The innovation of Telemedicine is a great help for us in rural areas," shared Seward. School-based health care centers, critical access hospitals and more were also discussed as strides taken toward addressing and improving rural health care.

After the lecture, students were provided with the opportunity to ask the Senator their questions on the current state of health care across New York.

When asked about specialty care in rural areas, Seward agreed that these practices are important and ever-evolving. "The sky is the limit," he said of the many possibilities for programming and care.

The Rural Health Nursing course at Hartwick College assists students in recognizing the myriad health beliefs and practices that exist among and between different members of a rural upstate New York culture and how those beliefs and practices have an impact upon the health of its members. Clinical experiences have occurred during this J Term course in diverse rural community settings with an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and illness and disease management within unique rural cultural environments.

Seward's two-plus decades of service as a state senator cap a lifelong interest in politics, public affairs, and state government. A native of Otsego County, graduated from Hartwick College in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He also studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of SUNY-Albany. In 1999, Hartwick College honored Senator Seward with an honorary Doctor of Laws.

He has been a consistent advocate for education, securing state aid for local districts to offset rising taxes and to support technology and special education initiatives within his schools. Seward is an advocate for more jobs and business growth. In his district, Seward is a partner in local economic development. He works to save and create jobs in his district through state grants and loans to businesses and partnerships with local economic development agencies and local governments.

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