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September Celebrations
 FEMA National Preparedness Month
By definition, emergencies come when least expected and most inconvenient. No one likes to think about bad things that might happen, but having a plan in place for potential disaster, can make a difficult situation much less scary and stressful. With winter just around the corner, September is a good time to develop a family emergency plan. Read more...
Mom and child  National Childhood Obesity Month
  • About 1 out of 5 (17%) of children in the United States is obese.
  • Obese children are more likely to be obese as adults and suffer from chronic diseases.
  • Obese children are more likely to be bullied.
Read more about childhood obesity and what parents can do to foster good eating habits.

Medical Marijuana
The Compassionate Care Act
It's been two years since Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act to create a way for New Yorkers to access medical marijuana. Check out New York's Two Year Report to learn how things are progressing in our neck of the woods.

Ontario County Public Health is not involved in the distribution or prescribing of medical marijuana. Individuals with questions or concerns about the use of medical marijuana, should speak with their healthcare provider or contact the NY State Medical Marijuana Program.  

Healthcare providers, click here for information about beginning the process of providing prescriptions to eligible patients. 

More information: New York State Medical Marijuana Program Overview

Eye Healthminion
As people get older, their vision changes, usually for the worse. Is this due to reading in dim light or refusing to eat carrots? Separate myth from fact, find out what you need to know when picking out sunglasses and learn more about eye health, here.

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


Updated 9/6/16

Contact Us
Mary L. Beer, RN, MPH
Public Health Director 
3019 County Complex Dr.
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Hours: Monday-Friday
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Ph: (585) 396-4343
Fx: (585) 396-4551

After Hours Emergencies
Contact the Ontario County Sheriff's
Departmet at (585) 394-4560 and
ask for Public Health Nurse on call.


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