January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Ontario County Public Health wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
- The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Ontario County Public Health encourages:
- Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
- Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine. Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
Can't afford cervical cancer screening? Call the New York State Cancer Screening Services at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262)
Visit New York State Cancer Screening Services: Click here
For more information about cervical cancer: Click here
Flu Is On The Rise!
As anticipated after Christmas, the number of diagnosed flu cases has increased. Prevention remains the same, get your flu shot, wash your hands, eat healthy, get enough rest and stay home if you are sick. If you have sudden fever, chills and body aches call your healthcare provider medications like Tamiflu can decrease your risk of hospitalization.
This comes after Dr. Howard Zucker the Commissioner of New York State Department of Health, declared influenza to be prevalent in NYS on December 5, 2019. This declaration means that all healthcare and residential facilities must ensure that all of their personnel has been vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season or wear a surgical mask while in areas where patients or residents are typically present. The declaration remains in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza no longer prevalent in New York State.
It isn't too late to get your flu shot! Contact your doctor or local pharmacy today!
Check out the graphic below. Data for this dashboard is updated weekly on Thursdays by 5 pm by the New York State Department of Health. Click the link below to learn more: Click here
You are invited to the Regional Early Childhood Coalition Meeting!
Please see the agenda below!
Next Naloxone Program
Next Naloxone is a new program aimed at improving access to Narcan for people living in rural communitites
Next Naloxone is for anyone that can not access Narcan (due to cost, transportation or other reasons) through pharmacies, syringe exchange programs or other means. Follow the link to receive local resources and the lifesaving drug Narcan via the mail.
To learn more: https://www.naloxoneforall.org/
Blessing Boxes = Free Food Cupboards
Blessing Boxes are popping up all over Ontario County! Please help by filling these food cupboards with healthy nonperishable foods. Thank you Scouts!
Public Health Awarded $21,774 for Outstanding Performance and Outcomes!
Public Health is excited to announce the award of $21,774 for outstanding performance and outcomes in our Immunization Program (specifically Perinatal Hepatitis B). The Performance Incentive Program Bureau of Immunization: Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) and the Assessment, Feedback, Incentive and eXchange (AFIX) program is an ongoing effort from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The goal of the program is to improve the quality and timeliness reporting of performance measures and outcomes at local health departments. Ontario County Public Health is among 34 counties to achieve a perfect score of (100%) in the performance period.
This award will help support future immunization program expenses such as the purchasing of technology, data loggers and storage units (for vaccine refrigeration) and staff training. Funding will also be used to support efforts referenced in Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Good health, we are in this together!
This is Quitting!
This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes.
The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit.
Learn more! Click here
Child Passenger Safety for Parents & Caregivers
Attention Parents & Caregivers!
Effective November 1, 2019, the law states that all children under the age of 2 must use a rear-facing car seat. To learn more about the 3 types of rear-facing car seats: Infant Seats, Convertible Seats, and All-in-One Seats: Click here
With the help of Midlakes School District and AdvioAdvertising, students from Brittany Sullivan and Carolyn Wescott’s healthclasses completed three silent movies educating the public about emotional,physical and mental health. Health class students learned about emotional,physical and mental health as well as where to find reliable healthinformation. The health classes also learned about health marketing and evenused photos from their own lives in the movies.
Check out the following locations Canandaigua Family YMCA,Charlie’s Restaurant, Mac’s Philly Steaks, Roseland Bowl, The Villager, CasaItaliana, Pickering Pub, Greater Canandaigua Civics Center, Canandaigua Lady,Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, Tim Horton’s (Victor), Finns Tap Room andPart House, United Martial Arts Center, Sports Academy of Victor and Milsy’sBarber Shop to see the videos. The first video, “Mental Health, With Teens forTeens” is currently featured on the Ontario County Public Health website (see below) andFacebook page.
Ontario County Public Health Goes Viral!!!
Parent's what do you know about the dangers of vaping? Over 10,000 people have watched our video! Check out the video to learn more vaping prevention.
Choose Health Ontario Award Winner!
Congratulations Supply a Smile!
Ontario County Health Collaborative (OCHC) is excited to announce the winner for the 2019 Choose Health Ontario Award (CHOO). Congratulations to Supply a Smile! Supply a Smile is a free dental service program for Ontario County residents who are at risk of falling through dental care gaps. Dental services are given to those whom are not covered by insurance or Medicaid. The Supply a Smile's program consists of local dentists, hygienists, and volunteers that generously donate their time to provide dental services to those most in need.
A very special thank you and congratulations to our award nominees which included:
- Diana Modera, RN and Jodi Hennessey, LPN were nominated for their commitment to community outreach and population health.
- Officers Adam Weller and Justin Green from the Ontario County Jail were nominated for their commitment to educational programing for those residing in jail custody.
- Finger Lakes Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) collaborates with the law enforcement and 9-1-1 dispatchers to provide expedited response for mental health crisis. This service allows our residents to receive the help they need in a timely manner.
- Dr. Stiner in collaboration with Ontario County Public Health and the Humane Society administered almost 14,000 rabies vaccinations at local rabies prevention clinics.
- Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York was nominated for their part in the healthy food drive initiative called Nourish Your Neighbor (NYN). NYN increased the number of healthy food options donated to local food pantries.
The award was presented to Supply a Smile at the 53rd Annual Ontario County Safety Awards Banquet on March 26, 2019. In addition, and awardee will be recognized by the Ontario County Board of Supervisors by an official resolution.
For more information about Supply a Smile: Click here
Ontario County Annual Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Report
|The Annual CHIP Report documents progress made in 2018 on the|
implementation of the 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the report is to determine if our combined efforts have had a positive effect on the health of our community; if our process measures have been met; if thereare strategies that should be set aside or added; and if partners are able to continue their work. Please take a moment to read our CHIP Report.
2018 CHIP Report: Click here
Resources in the Finger Lakes
Need to be connected with a service in the Finger Lakes Region and not sure who to call? Simply dial 2-1-1 for local resources. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
See the Signs of Addiction
Save a life!
Please take a moment to watch the video and learn the signs of addiction. Click the link below to learn more about the special issues surround teenagers and their unique drug treatment needs.
Learn more about teens and drug abuse: Click here
Prevent Lyme Disease!
Check out the graphics below!
2018 Public Health Works!
Honor Roll Award Winner
Teresa Shaffer RN
Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that our very own Registered Nurse, Teresa Shaffer has been named to the New York State Department of Health, "2018 Public Health Works! Honor Roll." Teresa has worked tirelessly to help increase the amounts of healthy foods available to areas of need in Ontario County.
To view the list of winners: Click here
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- 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
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
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