By Inclusive Alliance



Local Independent Practice Association welcomes Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Helio Health, Liberty Resources, Madison County Rural Health Council, and Upstate Caring Partners as members

Syracuse, NY (PRUnderground) May 3rd, 2023

The Inclusive Alliance, an Independent Practice Association of health and human service nonprofit agencies serving eight counties across  Central New York, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond announced today the acceptance of five new members to their provider Network. Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Liberty Resources, Helio Health, Madison County Rural Health Council, and Upstate Caring Partners are the latest non-profit organizations to join the growing network focused on community- based care coordination.

Through their membership, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Helio Health, Liberty Resources, Madison County Rural Health Council, and Upstate Caring Partners will join 28 other community-based organizations across Central New York and beyond that benefit from working collaboratively to support the needs of under-resourced community members and work toward health equity. The Inclusive Alliance helps organizations articulate the impact of the services they provide while adapting to the constantly changing health care landscape.

“We are excited to welcome these five organizations to our diverse and expanding coalition” said Lauren Wetterhahn, Executive Director of Inclusive Alliance. “The services and programs that each organization provides are essential to our community and are representative of Inclusive Alliance’s mission to advance the growth and quality of cost effective services for children and adults through collaboration, innovation and coordination. Our five new members demonstrate the diversity in agency size, geography, services, and populations served that is Inclusive Alliance’s greatest strength.”

“Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is excited to join the ever-growing provider network of Inclusive Alliance IPA and to, in partnership, pursue new opportunities to address the social care needs of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Michael Melara, CEO of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.

“Helio Health is proud to be a member of the Inclusive Alliance collaborating with mission driven community organizations to improve services across our region resulting in improved health outcomes,” said Kathleen Gaffney Babb, Interim President & CEO of Helio Health.

“Liberty Resources is pleased to join Inclusive Alliance’s regional network of health and human service agencies,” said Carl Coyle, CEO of Liberty Resources. “Our agency brings over four decades of experience integrating behavioral health care, medical care, and social services to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our wholehearted approach to care aligns with what Inclusive Alliance hopes to accomplish across its regional provider network, ensuring that everyone gets the services they need to live their happiest, healthiest lives.”

“The mission of Madison County Rural Health Council (MCRHC) is to advocate, inform and coordinate efforts to improve the health in our community,” said Christine Paul, Executive Director of the MCRHC. “With our mission in mind, we have expanded our evidence-based programs to include mental health first aid, doula services, Eat Healthy Be Active, and volunteer transportation. Our services strengthen Inclusive Alliance’s social care network, and Inclusive Alliance’s infrastructure will support and strengthen our programs, allowing our organization to continue to grow and meet the needs of our community.”

“As Inclusive Alliance’s first member organization headquartered in the Mohawk Valley, Upstate Caring Partners is pleased to join Inclusive Alliance’s expanding network of agencies across Central New York,” said Upstate Caring Partners President and CEO, Geno DeCondo. “Upstate Caring Partners is dedicated to empowering people, continuing our tradition of delivering services through evidence-based program models and seeking ways to develop services that meet emerging needs in our community. We share Inclusive Alliance’s focus on innovation, coordination, and collaboration.”

“As Inclusive Alliance prepares to lead the region’s social care network under New York’s pending Medicaid 1115 waiver, we are very pleased to welcome five new members into our network,” said Tania Anderson, President of Inclusive Alliance. “Founded in 2016 by local nonprofits with deep roots in Central New York, our strong, trusted and local network of community-based organizations is extremely well-positioned to maximize the benefits of this upcoming funding opportunity for local agencies and the community members they serve.”