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COVID-19 Hospitalizations are on the Rise

New York State and the Finger Lakes Region are now seeing an uptick in COVID related hospitalizations. The opening of schools and cooler weather increases the amount of time that people are gathered in a closed space. 
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available in local pharmacies. This vaccine is new CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Even if you received the past COVID vaccine and booster doses, you still need the updated COVID vaccine. Flu vaccine can be safely given/received at the same time as the updated COVID vaccine. 
To find an updated COVID-19 vaccine: COVID-19 Vaccine Finder

Updated: 9/27/2023

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2024 Rabies Prevention Clinic Schedule


New CDSMP Class

Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes

Learn to manage your chronic illness without leaving your home. 
Super easy!

  • No computer needed. All you need is a phone. 
  • The program is mailed to you.... Free!
  • We meet over the phone (conference call) once a week for six weeks. 
  • Small classes of only 5 people. 

Interested? Call 1-800-299-2995 or HealthEducation@ontariocountyny.gov  

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Family Health History Month

My Family Health Portrait Cancer App 

Use My Family Health Portrait Cancer App  to collect your family history of Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colorectal Cancer and learn your personal risk level for developing these conditions.

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Wild Fire Survey

Public health researchers at Cornell University want to hear from people who spent time in the Northeastern US during the Summer 2023 wildfire season.

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2023 Choose Health Ontario Award

Church Member, Victor Nelson and the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Wins the Choose Health Ontario Award!

Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva are the winners of the 2023 Choose Health Ontario Award! Pastor Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church:

  • Provided education and promoted COVID-19 vaccine among parishioners and the Geneva community.
  • Graciously opened its doors to Public Health staff and hosted vaccination clinics for adults and children in the Geneva community between April of 2021 and June of 2022. 
  • Leadership scheduled appointments for community members via the NY State Countermeasure Data Management System (CDMS).
  • Volunteers staffed the clinics, working elbow-to-elbow with public health staff and other county employees. They provided traffic control, check-in of vaccines, and post-vaccination observation. Their presence demonstrated to their community that vaccine was desirable and reassured them that it was safe.

A very special congratulations and thank you to church member, Victor Nelson and the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Their actions significantly increased vaccine uptake in the Geneva area.

The award is presented on behalf of the Ontario County Health Collaborative (OCHC) which consists of Ontario County Public Health, local healthcare systems, community agencies and healthy-minded volunteers. The OCHC work collaboratively to improve the health of Ontario County residents.

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Food Insecurity in the Finger Lakes

A recent Food Insecurity Survey created by Pivital Public Health Partnership surveyed 1100 people residing in Ontario, Livingston, Yates, Wayne, Seneca, and other neighboring counties, Pivital Public Health Partnership discovered 61% of those households are unable to always keep food on the table. Please take a moment to watch the video and learn about food insecurity in the Finger Lakes.  Want to help? Contact your local food pantry to volunteer in your community. (5/4/2023)

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Mental Health

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988 suicide & crisis Lifeline 24/7 Call, text, chat


211/LIFE LINE is a free, 24-hour confidential phone, chat, text service, and searchable online database.
Search 211 Database Online
Call 211
Chat 8AM - 11PM
Text 898211

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A community health improvement process uses Community Health Assessment (CHA) data to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement, which are often outlined in the form of a community health improvement plan (CHIP). We can not complete the CHA process without YOU for responding to our Community Health Surveys. Thank you! 

Click the graphic to download our Community Improvement Plan!

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