Public Health

Halloween Safety tips

Hunting Safety

Deer season is quickly approaching. 

Take a moment to review the 4 safety rules.

1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

2. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger, and outside the trigger guard, until you are ready to shoot.

4. Always be sure of your target and what is in front of it and behind it. Once you pull the trigger, you cannot take back the bullet!

To learn more about hunting safety: Click here

(Updated 10/16/2019)


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.

(Updated 10/15/2019)

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

On 8/30/19, Public health was notified that a horse from the Town of Farmington tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or Triple E). This is our first case of this virus in our County. 

EEE is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Now that we know the virus is in the County, it is a good time to remind everyone that protection from mosquitoes is more than just preventing itchy bumps. Human infections with EEE are VERY rare, but when they occur, can be life threatening particularly for children and people over fifty. 

Be sure to keep your skin covered at dusk and dawn and wear an effective insect repellent while spending time outside. At home, remove sources of standing water (buckets, tires, kiddie pools, etc.) and make sure window and door screens are in good repair. For additional information, check out the NY State Department of Health's EEE Fact Sheet

If you own a horse and it has unusual symptoms (can't get up, won't eat, has a fever), call your veterinarian right away. 

If you or a loved one experience sudden, severe headache, high fever, chills, confusion or other unusual symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider. 

Thankfully, the weather is cooling and mosquitoes will soon be a memory of what has been a very nice Western NY summer.

Mosquito Bite Prevention in English: Click here

Mosquito Bite Prevention in Spanish: Click here

(Updates 8/30/2019)

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Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 

To learn more about what Youth Mental Health First Aid is: Click here

(Updated: 9/11/2019)

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Geneva Baby Cafe Grand Opening!!!

A very special 'Thank You' to Senator Pamela Helming, the Baby Cafe staff, Child & Family Resources and participating families for attending today's grand opening ceremony. The Geneva Baby Cafe will meet on Wednesday September 4th at Child & Family Resources (671 South Exchange Street in Geneva) from 10:00-11:30 and is scheduled to meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday moving forward. Hope to see you there! All are welcome!

(Updated 8/20/2019)

Ontario County Public Health Partners with Local Agencies 

Training Dates for Narcan (Naloxone) Overdose Response

(Updated 8/2/2019)

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Enjoy Your Stroll!

Don't forget to see and be seen! 

Nothing says summer like a nice walk with friends. Follow the guidelines in the short video below to be sure that you are seen by drivers. 

(Updated 7/1/2019)

Drowning is Silent

Every year, 19 children drown during the July 4 holiday. Drowning deaths peak among one and two year old children. Drownings continue to be the second leading cause of preventable death through age 15. 

Parents, here are some water safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages
  • Use life jackets that fit appropriately
  • Never swim alone
  • Learn CPR 
  • Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river
  • Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard
  • Ensure that kids don't push or jump on others
  • Don't dive in unfamiliar areas
  • Alcohol and swimming don't mix

Younger children are at the highest risk of drowning. Drowning is silent. Make sure that young kids are supervised around water at all times. 

Learn more: Click here

(Updated 6/25/2019)

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.

(Updated 5/10/2019)


Looking for our 2018 Annual Report?

Look no further!

Click here!

2019 CHOO Award Supply a Smile

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

(updated 3/4/2019)

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    

(Updated 3/26/2019)

2019 Rabies Clinic Schedule

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2-1-1 Lifeline

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.

2-1-1 Life Line

(Updated 8/9/2018)

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

(Updated 7/27/2018)

Prevent Lyme Disease!

Check out the graphics below!

(Updated 7/27/2018)

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Ticks bugging you?

Check out the movies below.

Click the play button to view.

(Updated 7/28/2018)

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

(Updated 4/2/2018)

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Looking For Addictions Treatment? 

Please see the FLACRA information below and visit the FLACRA website today!

To visit the FLACRA website Click here

(Updated 7/27/2018)

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Water 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!

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

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? 
     Anthony Perretta
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237

Updated 11/23/2016