Public Health

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Talk Saves Lives
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Karen Heisig a volunteer from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Karen lost her husband to suicide.

Talk Saves Lives!


Talk Saves Lives was a success! Talk Saves Lives is a community event provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was held on June 20th at the Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. Featured speakers included Donna Besler (mother who lost a son to suicide) and Karen Heisig (a volunteer from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). The presentation included local and national suicide statistics, why people take their lives, risk factors, prevention, warning signs and how we can help as a community. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and local resources for mental health were available.
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Donna Besler lost her son Brennan to suicide. June 20th was his birthday. Donna held this event in his memory.

(updated 6/21/2017)
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Free HIV testing
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JUNE is Men’s Health Month!

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men’s Health month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

What can you do?

You can help in our efforts!

  • Encourage the men and boys in your life to have regular check-ups

  • Encourage age appropriate vaccines (including HPV)

  • Encourage age appropriate screenings (colorectal cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer)

  • Encourage monthly testicular self exams. Yes, there is an APP for that! For more information Click here

(Updated May 30, 2017)

The Sex Drive Wraps up Year Two

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Year two of The Sex Drive sped by at lightening speed. Click here to see a summary of all ten weeks and to print a PDF booklet. The Sex Drive, an initiative of the Finger Lakes Sexual Health Coalition, encourages parents to talk to their kids about body image, relationships and sex while in the car together. The audience is captive, the conversation is short and nobody has to make eye contact!  

Missed the School Nurse Snack and Chat?


On April 6, 2017 Ontario County Public Health provided an update for the nurses within our school district. Petrea Rae from the Partnership for Ontario County updated the school nurses on new drugs and methods to combat drug addiction. Chief Alice Haskins  from the Ontario County Jail spoke about services that are provided in the jail and frequently seen medical issues within the incarcerated population. The Ontario County Public Health staff provided our yearly program updates.

Watch the video below!


Choose Health Ontario Award


Congratulations to Deacon Henry Farro of Geneva!


The 2017 Choose Health Ontario Award was presented to Deacon Henry Farro of Geneva for his commitment to supporting nutritional health in the community.  The award was presented at the 54th  Annual Safety Awards Dinner sponsored by the Ontario County Safety Council on March 28, 2017. Read more

(Created 3/29/2017)

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2017 Women Who Make America (Makers) Award
Mary Beer, Director of Ontario County Public Health has been formally recognized for her tireless efforts in the field of Public Health. Mary Beer, was one of ten women honored at the March 10, 2017 award ceremony held at the Women’s Rights Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Mary was nominated for her laser-focus on public health needs during her tenure as Ontario County Public Health Director. She has worked tirelessly to adopt a local law prohibiting smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, on County property – efforts that have reduced smoking rates countywide. She has developed creative programs aimed at decreasing obesity, managing hypertension, preventing suicide, and fighting the scourge of the heroin crisis. A leader in her field, she is an active member of the S2AY Rural Health Network working on national accreditation procedures for public health departments in the region. Mary also believes in the importance of volunteering. She serves on a number of local boards and is an active Hospice volunteer, dedicated Rotarian, and a bell choir member.

Congratulations Mary and thank you for years of services as the Director of Ontario County Public Health.

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Water

Water and Lead


Testing


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available. 
Click here for more information about free lead testing for water

Common Questions


How does lead get into the water we drink? 
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.

What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water? 

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l only in your “first-draw-sample”, then the source of lead in your drinking water is likely from the fixture. 

You should:

  1. Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
  2. Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water.  DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
  3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  4. Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.

Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.

Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Click here

Lead Poisoning Prevention
Click here

Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
Click here

Updated: 2/21/2017

Blood Pressure


It's All about Control


In Ontario County, 3 out of 10 people with high blood pressure do not have it under control.
Check out this quick video for ideas to decrease your blood pressure.  It just might save your life!
Unused Medication Drop Box Locations Can Be Found Here!

Unused Meds

2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)

In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.

  • Priority 1: Prevent chronic diseases (including hypertension) by  reducing the rates of obesity and tobacco use.
  • Priority 2: Increase access to preventative healthcare.
  • Priority 3: Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
Click on the picture below to read the 2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP).
Updated 12/1/2016

Zika Virus


Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in countries where the virus is prevalent in the mosquito population. It can also be shared during sex by men who are infected with the virus. Unborn babies are at risk for birth defects if their moms get Zika during pregnancy. Read more.



Resources for Providers


To order testing for Ontario County residents, call  585-396-4343 and ask for the Communicable Disease Coordinator.    

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 


 
For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
Click here 
 
Register for news and updates from the Department of Environmental Conservation,  Division of Environmental Remediation
Click here 
 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
Contact:
     Anthony Perretta
     NYSDOH-BEFI
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     1-518-402-7860
     BEFI@health.ny.ny.gov

Updated 11/23/2016