Ontario County Public Health partners with the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent injury and illness and to promote health in Ontario County. Health data is shared between these organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programming.
New York State Department of Health
Prevention Agenda 2019-2024: NY State's Health Improvement Plan
New York State's Health Improvement Plan focuses on five areas.
- Prevention of chronic diseases
- Promotion of healthy and safe environments
- Promotion of healthy women, infants, and children
- Promotion of mental health and prevention of substance abuse
- Prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, and healthcare-associated infections
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is the nation's disease prevention and wellness promotion agency, protecting people's health and safety, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and improving health through strong partnerships.
CDC works with its partners around the world to:
- monitor health,
- detect and investigate health problems,
- conduct research to enhance prevention,
- develop and advocate sound public health policies,
- implement prevention strategies,
- promote healthy behaviors,
- foster safe and healthful environments,
- provide leadership and training
Poverty: Number One Health Concern
A study released by Common Ground Health shows that the conditions and stresses of poverty compromise the physical and emotional wellbeing of residents every day. The study found that by nearly every metric, residents of the Finger Lakes with scarce financial resources experience alarmingly worse health outcomes.
The report’s findings include:
- The estimated cost of health inequity exceeds $1 billion annually for our region.
- More years of life are lost to health inequity than all forms of cancer combined.
- Residents of high poverty neighborhoods die eight years earlier on average than residents of low poverty neighborhoods.
- Compared to residents with household incomes over $75,000, those with incomes under $20,000 are 105% more likely to lose their teeth, 154% more likely to have diabetes, and 224% more likely to be diagnosed with depression.
The report concludes that investing in interventions to address the root causes of health inequities is imperative. In addition, it notes that the region has a proud history of public health success and an unusually strong tradition of collaboration across the health care systems.