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Liv Castro ’19 conducts trend research for Hospice organization

By Upstate Institute on June 30, 2017

Through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School, this summer, I have had the privilege of working as a Fellow at Chenango County’s Hospice & Palliative Care in the Norwich region. Hospice of Chenango County is a relatively small non-profit healthcare organization that specializes in end of life care. Their mission is to provide the highest quality end of life care by partnering with patients, families, and the community. In doing so, Hospice strives to provide pain and symptom control, and give emotional and social support to all their patients and loved ones. Hospice of Chenango County provides three service lines to their residents in the Chenango County: hospice care, to those living in their homes or a contracted skilled nursing facility; palliative care through a collaboration with At Home Care; and Complimentary Grief Services to residents of Chenango County.

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Nicole Jackson ’18 develops data systems for nursery school

By Upstate Institute on June 23, 2017

Nicole Jackson is completing a Field School project this summer with the Hamilton-based Chenango Nursery School. She is helping the school to improve their data systems by implementing a new database, and by observing the school routines and needs to create reports that will help the teachers access the information they need at different times in the day. The nursery school is a non-profit parent cooperative early childhood program that operates through a mission of encouraging children to learn through play. To Nicole, that mission is evident in the school’s everyday activities, and she’s thoroughly enjoying helping the school to implement that mission, as described in her own words:

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Opioid research conducted with Bassett Research Institute to be published

By Upstate Institute on June 7, 2017

The research on New York State’s opioid crisis, conducted by faculty and students at Colgate in collaboration with the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, will be published in the journal “Drug and Alcohol Dependence.” This article looks at the research on  prescribing patterns and opioid overdose morbidity in New York from 2010 through the second quarter of 2016, before mandatory use of the state’s controlled substances database began in August 2013. The research project looked at morbidity (complications and health effects) from overdoses, not mortality, because the numbers are much bigger.