Chronic Disease Program


Cancer Services Program

Chronic Disease Self-Management Opportunities

Eating Healthfully & Understanding Weight

Quitting Smoking & Tobacco


Creating Healthy Schools and Communities 


Chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, etc.) are among the leading causes of disability and death in NYS.  As a local health department we are required to conduct an evidenced-based chronic disease prevention program that focusing on the prevention of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors –

  • physical activity,
  • nutrition and
  • tobacco.

Our Strategies Include:

  • leading or participating in community coalitions & planning efforts to improve social and physical environments;
  • support policy, systems and environmental change activities;
  • engage in education, public health marketing and communication; and
  • promote the delivery of early detection and health care following state and national guidance for care.

Chronic Disease Prevention was selected as a priority in Essex County through our last TWO comprehensive community health assessments (2016 and 2013).  The evidenced based strategies started in 2013 are being continued through 2019.  They are:

1. Reduce obesity in children & adults.

1.1 Create community environments that promote & support healthy food and beverage choices and physical activity.

1.2 Prevent childhood obesity through early child-care and schools.

1.3 Expand the role of health care, health service providers and insurers in obesity prevention.

1.4 Expand the role of public and private employers in obesity prevention.

 2. Increase access to high quality chronic disease preventive care and management in clinical & community settings.

2.1 Increase screening rates for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, especially among disparate populations.

2.2 Promote evidence-based care to manage chronic diseases.

2.3 Promote culturally relevant chronic disease self-management education.

Learn more about our priorities, strategies improvement strategies that we’re undertaking with our hospital and community partners on our Health Data page.