Kalos in the News

This Year's Black History Month Theme is Representation, Identity and Diversity.

Every year there is a theme to Black History Month, and this year’s theme is: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

Kalos Health encourages Western New Yorkers to learn more about African American history and culture by visiting the sites below:

  1. A video history of Black History Month
  2. TED Talks that celebrate Black History Month
  3. The Association for the Study of African American Life & History
  4. Exploring New York State’s Black History
  5. The National Museum of African American History & Culture:
    https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
    https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/exhibitions

 

The "Kalos Kares" team raised funds and joined together for a virtual Walk to End Alzheimer's on Oct. 1 around the Kalos Health office building.

Kalos Health Participates in Food Link Partnership in Orleans County

Hunger and food insecurity are worldwide issue that impacts the lives of families, seniors, children and hardworking individuals each and every day. The mission of the Food Link partnership with the Community Action of Orleans County, Orleans County Office of the Aging and Kalos Health is simple: Nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. This concept comes to life every day when the food bank hosts up to 50 volunteers at a time to sort and package food that is then distributed around Orleans County to 300 families.  During the COVID 19 pandemic, Kalos Health and the Office of Aging packaged care packets for the safety of the community that consisted of sanitizers, a mask and gloves for each household.

On Wednesday, July 17, Kalos Health celebrated its fifth anniversary and received a certificate of recognition from Bob Welch from State Senator Robert G. Ortt's office.

In Recognition of a Pioneer Nurse:


Mary Eliza Mahoney was a trailblazer in the field of nursing. Born in 1845 in Boston, Massachusetts to freed slaves, Mahoney realized the importance of an education, graduating from the Phillips School in Boston, which after 1855, became one of the first integrated schools in the country.

From a young age, she knew that nursing was her calling even though African Americans were not permitted to enroll in collegiate programs at the time. Being keenly aware of this fact, she started working at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in a variety of roles such as janitor, cook and dishwasher over the span of 15 years.

In 1878, at the age of 33, Mahoney was admitted to the hospital’s professional graduate school for nursing. This was one of the first nursing programs in the country and typically only admitted women between the ages of 21-31.

Even though Mahoney was 33 at the time, the hospital gave her the opportunity in recognition of her steadfast dedication to the hospital over the years. The class comprised 42 students, four of which completed the rigorous course.

Mahoney went on to private home care and eventually became the director of the Howard Orphanage Asylum for black children in Kings Park, Long Island in New York City.

After her 40-year nursing career, Mahoney continued to make incredible strides for women’s suffrage as she was one of the first women to register to vote in Boston in 1920. She passed away on January 4, 1926 at the age of 80 after battling breast cancer.

Mahoney left a significant impact on the medical community, including having numerous buildings and scholarships dedicated in her honor. She was posthumously inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mahoney not only created her own path in this world, but paved the way for other women to pursue their own dreams.

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