The Healthcare Consortium maintains various Financial Assistance Funds to provide payment, on behalf of eligible recipients, for health-related and other expenses.   Two such funds, the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund and the Greene County Community Cancer Fund, are used to offset the financial burden associated with a cancer diagnosis.  Monies from these funds are used to pay for health-related expenses such as health insurance premiums, co-pays, coinsurance and deductibles. They may also be used to pay for other household expenses, such as rent, utility payments, and vehicle fuel.  To receive financial assistance from the appropriate fund, individuals are asked to complete a brief application, and speak with the Fund Manager to discuss all of the options and resources that may be available.

For more information, please contact Lynda Scheer at:

(518) 822-8820 ext. 328 or                                                                                          

Click here for the Request for Financial Assistance Application

Sheriff's Office "No-Shave November" Initiative Raises Funds for Local Cancer Program

[Photo: Members of the Sheriff’s Office command staff, road patrol, and corrections, and Hudson Police Officer Hoffman with Sheriff David Bartlett and Columbia County Community Health Care Consortium Executive Director Claire Parde.] 


The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office “No-Shave November” initiative has ended after a month-long journey where participants ditched shaving in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer.

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff’s Office command staff, law enforcement and corrections personnel, and part-time Deputies all took part, raising $4,180 for the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose through the course of treatment. Staff who chose to participate each made a donation, symbolic of the money typically spent on shaving and grooming. The Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association and Columbia County Corrections Officer Council 82 Local 3828 unions each matched their members’ donations.

All proceeds will be donated to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund, a program of the Columbia County Community Health Care Consortium, and used to offset the financial burden associated with cancer diagnosis.

The Hudson City Police Department, upon learning of the Sheriff’s Office fundraiser, joined the cause and raised additional funds, which will also be donated.

“I’m proud of our staff for embracing the initiative and volunteering to help raise funds for this important cause,” said Sheriff Bartlett. “Unfortunately, most everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. It’s nice to be able to do something to assist those directly impacted by the disease,” the Sheriff added.

For more information on the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund, visit: