Ontario County Public Health
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Ontario County Public Health Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)!
Ontario County Public Health is proud to announce that it has been awarded a national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
The five year process for applying for PHAB accreditation has improved both our program effectiveness and the quality our essential services. We didn't do it alone. The application for accreditation was submitted with several other county health departments (Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne and Yates) making this the very first regional accreditation in the United States!
The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population now reaps the benefit of being served by a health department that has undergone PHAB’s rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets a set of quality standards and measures.
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2019-2021 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan
Did you take our Community Health Assessment survey or attend one of several focus groups around Ontario County? Ever wonder what we do with all that information?
Take a moment to read our 2019-2021 Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Service Plan (CSP) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):
Next Naloxone Program
Next Naloxone is a new program aimed at improving access to Narcan for people living in rural communities
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 visit: Next Distro
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.
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.
Free Lead Testing Pilot Program NYSDOH
Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
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