Calendar of Events

April 6

Event to discuss responsible opioid prescribing

New York Spine and Wellness Center (NYSWC) in conjunction with Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) will host “Responsible Opioid Prescribing 2024,” a continuing medical education program, from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Craftsman Inn and Suites in Fayetteville. The program features speakers from the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and aims to provide an educational opportunity for physicians and advanced practice providers throughout New York to help them navigate the guidelines and best practices of prescribing opioids and alternative pain management options.

The symposium is an interdisciplinary event accredited to provide continuing education credits to physicians, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioners. Among the topics of discussion are: Drug compliance and monitoring patients using opiates; when not to use opioids in 1° and 2° headache conditions; the history of pain control and modern consequences; controlled substance compliance; safeguarding controlled substances.

Several experts will take part in the event, including John Heaphy, deputy director at NYSDOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

“Responsible Opioid Prescribing 2024” is open only to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Those interested can register at this link .

April 16

Forum to address colorectal cancer prevention and treatment

Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY (HOA) and Associated Gastroenterologists of CNY, PC present an educational forum on colorectal cancer prevention and treatment from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. The presentation will be held at HOA’s East Syracuse location at 5008 Brittonfield Parkway on the third floor in the cafeteria. It is free and open to the public, and a light dinner will be served. Reservations are requested online at, by email at or by calling 315-472-7504, extension 1303.   

The expert physicians leading the forum include HOA medical oncologists Santosh Kumar and Steven Duffy, along with gastroenterologist Christine Granato from Associate Gastroenterologists of CNY. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the presenters.

“We are excited to offer this educational opportunity to our community,” said HOA CEO Maryann Roefaro. “It is important for colorectal cancer patients and those at risk for colorectal cancer to learn about all of their prevention and treatment options directly from the physicians who can manage all of their care.”


April, May, June

Equine program for people with memory loss returns

Starting in April, the Memory Care Corral will start up again at ARISE at the Farm in Chittenango. This innovative program provides the Central New York community with therapeutic equine assisted services for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers. Guided sessions with horses provide both the individual with dementia and the caregiver with therapeutic, non-riding activities.  No horse handling experience is necessary. Organizers say these one and one-half hour sessions enable both participants to better communicate and support each other. Both the individual with memory loss and the caregiver can experience reduced isolation, depression, and stress.  Research has shown that the human-horse connection helps participants feel relaxed, confident, and happy.

 The Memory Care Corral was developed to help address this important public health challenge by providing an effective approach to supporting individuals with memory loss and their caregivers.  The program was developed out of the knowledge gained from the research and experience of other therapeutic equine programs addressing this problem around the country.

The spring 2024 sessions are on Fridays at ARISE at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. The schedule is as follows:

April 19: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

April 26: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

May 3: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

May 10: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

May 24: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

May 31:12 – 1:30 p.m.

June 7: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

June 14: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

All sessions are for both the individual with memory loss and their caregiver.

Sessions are $10 per person ($20 per session for the two participants). Pre-registration is required by emailing