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Beat the Heat!

This weekend area temperatures are expected to rise. The CDC and Ontario County Public Health recommend residents take a few simple precautions to prevent heat-related injuries this summer.

Stay cool. Avoid direct sunlight when you are outside and close your shades while indoors. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. Try a cool bath or shower or a midday sponge bath. During a heat spell, don’t rely solely on a fan to keep you cool; seek out air-conditioned spaces like malls and public buildings.  Finally, be aware of people at high risk for heat-related injuries and lend a helping hand. Check frequently on elderly or infirm family, friends and neighbors.

Stay hydrated. Increase your water intake and don’t wait until you feel thirsty, to drink. If working or playing outside, you will need 2-4 cups of water an hour to keep your body temperature normal and to avoid dehydration. Take frequent breaks in the shade.  It is best to avoid sugary beverages, alcohol and caffeine. Remind family, friends and neighbors to drink plenty of water.

Stay informed. Know the weather forecast and check for heat alerts when planning outdoor chores and activities. Strenuous outdoor activities can wait until cooler days or cooler time of the day (early morning and later evening). Learn the symptoms of heat-related illness. Dehydration starts with thirst and progresses to headache, faintness and confusion, particularly in the elderly. Heat exhaustion includes profuse sweating, cold clammy skin, dizziness, nausea and muscle cramps. Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency. Symptoms include hot, dry skin, confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness. Call 911 if you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke.

Look before you leap or lock. Cool off and enjoy our lakes in areas where no blue-green algae are present. Remember, extreme heat can affect your family, neighbors and even pets. Please look before you lock your car. Make sure there are no children or pets in the back seat. During extreme heat, leave pets at home with plenty of water and a place to cool-off.  

Vulnerable people. Some residents are at a higher risk for illness related to heat. For example children (including babies), older people, outdoor workers, athletes, people with chronic health conditions and people with lower income levels are all at higher risk for heat related illness. Please take a moment to check on your neighbors.

Residents needing financial assistance for fans and air-conditioners, call the HEAP Cooling Assistance Program at Ontario County Department of Social Services, 585-396-4061. This program is based on a medical need.

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(Updated 7/19/2019)

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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)

Summer Meal Programs

It is hard to have fun in the sun if your belly is hungry. Every year Ontario County Public Health gathers the locations, times and dates of area programs that provide free meals during the summer months. Please take a moment to check-out all the local areas where meals are available over the summer.

Are we missing any locations? Please feel free to contact Ontario County Public Health if a meal site was left off the list. Good health, we are in this together!

(Updated 6/12/2019)

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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

Rabies 2019

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
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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