A Baby Cafe in Geneva?
Baby Cafés are FREE locations for pregnant, breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mothers to meet and share resources.
Baby Cafés, offer:
- Breastfeeding and parenting support from specifically trained staff (Baby Cafés are always staffed by two Certified Lactation Counselors, CLC)
- Opportunities to share experiences and make friends
- Refreshments, comfortable seating, and open-forum discussion
We would love to hear your opinion about starting a Baby Cafe in Geneva, NY. Please take a moment to complete the survey:
La Asociación de Lactancia Materna de Finger Lakes está evaluando la communidad de Geneva y los alrededores para ver si la communidad está interesada en tener un Baby Café para mujeres embarazadas y madres primerizas.
Baby Cafés son lugares GRATUITOS para que mujeres embarazadas, madres de lactancia y de biberón se reunan y compartan recursos e información.
Baby Cafés, ofrecen:
- Apoyo especializado para lactancia materna y crianza por personal altamente calificado. (Baby Cafés estan siempre atendido por dos Consejeras Certificadas de Lactancia (CLC, por sus siglas en Ingles)
- Oportunidades para compartir experiencias y hacer amistades
- Refrescos, asientos cómodos y debate abierto
Por favor complete la encuesta. Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SZSJVVW
March is #KidneyMonth!
Talk to your health care provider about kidney health, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure. Check out the video below to learn more.
Icy Cold Arctic Blast!
Freezing temperatures are expected for an extended period of time. Ontario County Public Health urges you to use precautions during extended periods of cold temperatures.
- Check your carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that often goes undetected, striking victims in their sleep.
- Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the basement or garage.
- The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
- Prevent fire.
- If you are using a fireplace, use a fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out.
If you must go outdoors:
- Frostbite can happen in as little as 30 minutes. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
- Stretch first and work slowly when doing outside chores.
- Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
- Carry a charged cell phone.
Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. Symptoms of a heart attack include squeezing pain in the chest, shortness of breath, pain that radiates up to the left shoulder and down the left arm, or a cold sweat. Other signs that are equally common include jaw pain, lower back pain, unexplained fatigue or nausea, and anxiety. If you experience these symptoms stop what you are doing and call 911 immediately.
During periods of cold temperatures, please take a moment to check on elderly family members or neighbors and bring pets indoors. Lastly, please avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.
Please visit the following websites for more information.
English: Click here
Español (Spanish): Click here
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 will be 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
Electronic Cigarettes and Pregnancy
There is NO safe level of nicotine in pregnancy.
Please take a moment to read the Electronic Cigarettes and Pregnancy fact sheet provided from March of Dimes.
2019 Rabies Clinic Schedule
Get Your Flu Shot!
It's not too early to get your flu shot!
Last year, 5.3 million cases of the flu were avoided and 2.6 million medical visits were prevented because of people just like YOU getting their flu shot! Thank you!! Call you health care provider or your local pharmacy and get your flu vaccine today. YOU hold the power of prevention!
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!
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Ticks bugging you?
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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
2017 Annual Report
The Ontario County Public Health 2017 Annual Report Is Now Available!
Take a moment to read the 2017 Annual Report. Find out how your local public health department prevents, promotes and protects your health!
For the 2017 Annual Report: Click here
Copies are available! Call 1-800-299-2995 today!
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
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!
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.
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:
Register for news and updates from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation:
Do you have specific site related health questions?
Corning Tower, Room 1789
Albany, New York 12237