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New York is one of 26 states where the provision of public health services is decentralized; meaning the state retains some responsibilities and delegates some to local governments. The Health Department in each county must provide core Public Health services, though each may have additional and differing programs or services.
Essex County Health Department is one of fifty-seven (57) local public health departments (plus the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health) in NYS that operates under the administrative authority of local government. This department has been in operation since the inception of Essex County in 1877.
Essex County Health Department includes four (4) Units:
Our Public Health Unit is a Local Health Department of New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). It conducts the 6 Core Functions of local health departments as mandated by NYSDOH:
Most of Environmental Health is executed by a NYSDOH District Office. This office is located in Saranac Lake & serves Essex, Franklin & Hamilton counties.
Our vision is healthy people in healthy communities.
It is the mission of Essex County Public Health Unit to prevent disease, promote health, and protect life by contributing to conditions within out communities such that people can be healthy. This mission is achieved by :
Our core values are:
Collaboration – We interact respectfully with internal and external partners. We leverage the abilities of all team members to meet common goals.
Integrity – We act with trust and accountability. We treat people with dignity, demonstrating humility, reliability and respect.
Excellence – We continually pursue learning and development opportunities. We strive for continuous improvement through the honest evaluation of our programs and services and the application of innovative strategies to achieve goals.
Professionalism – We maintain flexibility to adapt to the changing public health climate, taking responsibility for efficiency in processes/practices and arising needs.
Read more about our strategic direction in our Strategic Plan 2016-2019.
Our Home Health Unit provides in-home skilled professional services including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech/language therapy. Home health aide services are also made available through the Nursing Services Unit .
Our Children’s Services Unit conducts three (3) programs as mandated and regulated by NYSDOH and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Programs are designed to assure children with developmental and health delays or disabilities – including physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive – receive early intervention therapeutic and support services.
Our WIC Unit offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.
You can get more information about each of these units on this website or by calling (518) 873-3500.