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Legislature Expresses Official Appreciation to Retiring Health Planning Council Director Betty Falcao

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Legislature Expresses Official Appreciation to Retiring Health Planning Council Director Betty Falcao

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Legislature, without dissent, expressed its “sincere gratitude and appreciation” for dedicated service to Elizabeth “Betty” Falcao, who is retiring after two decades as Director of the Health Planning Council, a program of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County.  (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused.)  In its resolution of appreciation, the Legislature recognizes Falcao’s “steadfast support of the health and well-being of Tompkins County residents;” her engagement of 250 volunteer members, both consumers and providers of health care, to promote comprehensive health planning for the greater community; her leadership in producing many analyses and informational resources on health-related issues; and leading, participating in, and securing funding for many major health-related projects that benefit the community.  Praising her “collegiality, knowledge, and passion for the health and well-being of our community”, which will be sorely missed, the Legislature “recognizes the myriad and significant contributions Betty has made to strengthen and improve the overall health of our community.”

Health and Human Services Chair Peter Stein, who also serves as liaison to the Health Planning Council, praised Falcao’s leadership, saying he has been impressed on how the organization runs and how much he learns from her.  Legislator Nate Shinagawa told the departing director, “You have made a meaningful difference in the lives of the people of Tompkins County.”

Saying she was “somewhat overwhelmed” by the praise, Director Facao said she has “felt very blessed to be doing important work for the county…it has been an incredible journey (and) bittersweet to be ending it.”  She thanked the Legislature for providing much of the Health Planning Council’s “baseline core support,” which has served as the cornerstone of the Council’s success.