At Home on the Sound, 2020 Public Health Honoree

At Home on the Sound is a non-profit organization that provides transportation, social and educational programs At Home on the Sound, Board President Teddi Becker, 2021 Honoreeto adults 60 and older who live in Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye Neck. For its 234 members, At Home on the Sound offers free rides to medical, dental and physical therapy appointments. During the past year, the organization has shopped for groceries and picked up prescriptions for members who preferred to stay safer at home.

At Home on the Sound offers discussions and lectures on a variety of health topics and provides information on Medicare plan choices each December, as well as exercise classes and concerts.

Through a network of volunteers and discounts arranged with preferred vendors, the agency offers dog walking, pet sitting, and help with computers, iPads and cell phones.

At Home on the Sound also helps members prepare a File of Life, which contains a list of current medications, medical history and contact information that could be helpful to emergency responders in case of a 911 call.
The agency has been serving the community since 2010.


Kathryn Joblon, 2020 Public Health Honoree

Kathryn Joblon, a Croton resident, has been passionate about public health education since high school. At Kathryn Joblon, 2020 HonoreeHendrick Hudson High School, she served as a peer AIDS educator and then earned a college degree in health education. Kathryn has volunteered her time to help address the opioid epidemic.

She has served as a violence prevention educator and has worked as a Family Services coordinator in Poughkeepsie for Westchester, Dutchess and Orange counties. She has also worked professionally as a sexual violence prevention educator and gun violence prevention educator.

As a volunteer, Kathryn created a substance use disorder prevention coalition, Save Our Sailors, where she serves as president and online moderator. Kathryn served as a Bunk Buddy for Camp Erin, a national bereavement camp for children ages six through 17, has organized several hikes to benefit charities and created an annual softball game to memorialize a friend and fundraise for the Acute Respiratory Distress Foundation. She also volunteers for Hope for Heroes, an organization that helps rehabilitate disabled veterans and first responders through outdoor activities.

 Ellen Herlihy, 2020 Public Health Honoree

Ellen Herlihy is a 2020 Public Health honoree who was nominated as a junior at North Salem Middle School-High Ellen Herlihy, 2020 HonoreeSchool. Ellen was recognized for her mental health advocacy and work to destigmatize behavioral health issues among students.

As co-president of the Warrior’s Club at her high school, Ellen worked to create a curriculum that other schools and community groups can use to educate students about behavioral health issues. She has run the school’s mental health fair, which brought in 30 outside organizations, and is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
A North Salem resident, Ellen spoke at the New York State Suicide Prevention Conference in Albany. She also brought empathy training, worry boxes and stress bottles to middle and elementary school students in North Salem. Ellen has brought passion to her efforts to overcome the stigma that prevents students from seeking help for the mental health concerns.

 

 Caitlyn Carpenter, 2021 Public Health Honoree

During the pandemic, Caitlyn Carpenter and her classmates in a Mamaroneck High School Civics class recognizedCaitlyn Carpenter, 2021 Honoree the importance of stable housing and have worked during the past year to protect tenants from eviction by advocating for the provision of free legal counsel and tenant information.

After learning about the importance of stable housing to allow residents to maintain isolation and social distancing throughout the spread of COVID-19, Caitlyn became active in several housing networks whose goal is to prevent homelessness in her hometown, Mamaroneck, and throughout the County.

Caitlyn, 16, used social media and her own networks to organize a student base for the Westchester Right to Counsel Coalition. She worked to increase awareness and support for a right to free counsel for tenants facing eviction proceedings.

She and her group emailed more than 30 clubs from more than 20 different school districts inviting them to call and email County legislators to lobby for funding for a County Right-to-Counsel feasibility study to be included in the 2021 County budget. Together, they sent or placed more than 300 emails and calls to the Board of Legislators on this topic. The feasibility study was adopted in the County’s 2021 budget.

Caitlyn is now organizing student letter-writing, calling and emailing campaigns for right to counsel legislation. She and her classmates are working with the Community Resource Center to develop a local resolution in Mamaroneck Village that would support Right to Counsel legislation.  With guidance from Jon Shenk of CLUSTER and Janet Fry and Jirandy Martinez from the Community Resource Center, Caitlyn also is working to develop an online tenant information tool that would inform tenants of their rights and connect them with rental assistance or legal representation. The goal is to prevent evictions.

Caitlyn and her group were invited to present their work at State Sen. Shelley Mayer’s Youth Council, where they discussed the need for state legislation and connected with young people throughout the 37th district.


Milan Acosta, 2021 Public Health Honoree

Milan Acosta, a junior at Riverdale Country School, aspires to become a physician. A New Rochelle resident, MilanMilan Acosta, 2021 Honoree created a Go Fund Me campaign, Operation Feed a Hero, that provided restaurants with additional income while enabling residents to help feed essential workers such as postal workers, firefighters and police officers, grocery store workers and hospital security, housekeeping and hospitality staff. Her campaign raised more than $7,000 toward this effort, which helped sustain these COVID-19 heroes in Westchester and New York City.

Milan’s efforts were recognized Gov. Andrew Cuomo, County Executive George Latimer and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

 

Molly Howson, 2021 Public Health Honoree

During the first local surge of COVID-19 cases, back in March and April, Molly Howson of Rye took the initiative to Molly Howson, 2021 Honoreeraise funds for, procure and distribute vital personal protective equipment to healthcare workers and first responders.

Molly Howson raised more than $66,000 from more than 600 families and bought more than 15,000 units of PPE to provide head to toe coverage for those who were caring for residents with COVID-19, at a time when PPE was scarce and hard to come by.

Molly distributed the PPE and hand sanitizer in Westchester to seven nursing homes, five hospitals, a hospice, a federally qualified health clinic, three police departments, three fire departments and three volunteer ambulance services. Her effort was known as Fund The Front.