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The Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for 2013–2017 are available for download here. Also there is a link for you to submit comments about the CHA and CHIP.

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Joint Statement on Ebola Preparations in Tompkins County

In Tompkins County, a coalition of healthcare, academic and first responders is actively developing strategies to respond in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in Tompkins County.

To date, no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Tompkins County or the State of New York.

This coalition has been engaged in collaborative planning since August and includes the Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Medical Center, local health care providers, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, and first responders. FULL STATEMENT»

Sexual Health and STD Prevention are Focus of Collaboration

The Peace of Mind (POM) Community Partnership renewed its campaign to promote sexual health and to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the increase in syphilis cases this past spring in the Central New York (CNY) region including Tompkins County.

Members of the partnership include the Tompkins County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Gannett Health Services at Cornell University, Hammond Health Center at Ithaca College, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and health services at TC3.  Full Press Release »  POM Website

Tobacco Free Tompkins Teams Up With New Partners

Tobacco Free Tompkins is teaming up with new partners in its ongoing effort to denormalize tobacco use and curb youth exposure to tobacco. In a new round of state funding that began July 1, 2014, the youth action program Reality Check (RC) will be returning to the county after a five year absence. Tobacco Free Tompkins is Tompkins County’s community-focused tobacco control program. Full Release »

Rabies Alert: Catch the Bat!

The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. There have been two confirmed rabid bats in Tompkins County in 2014. Full Release & Links »

Opportunity for a Physician to Serve on the Tompkins County Board of Health

The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) is seeking applications to fill a physician vacancy. Applicant physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in New York State and a resident of Tompkins County. Deadline for applications is September 5, 2014. (Full release. Download application.)

Legislature supports ending tobacco sales in pharmacies

The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support of ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department.  The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no.  Calling tobacco products “highly addictive” and responsible for the preventable death of thousands of people in the state each year, the resolution approved by the Legislature maintains that sale of such harmful products by pharmacies and providers of health care represents a conflict of interest. News Item »  Resolution text (BOH) and references »

Health Alert: Syphilis Increase in Tompkins County and CNY Region

Tompkins County Health Department is reporting an increase in early syphilis cases since the beginning of 2014 in the Central New York (CNY) fourteen county region which includes Tompkins County. In the first four months of 2014 there have been approximately 30 cases in CNY, five of them in Tompkins County. Full release »

The TC Health Department continues to offer flu vaccinations for children and adults by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30–4:30. Please call (607) 274-6616.

Tompkins Ranked one of Healthiest Communities in NYS

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin on Wednesday released health rankings for most counties in the U.S., and Tompkins County was ranked the second healthiest county in New York State. Full press release »

Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement Plan Released

The CHA is a profile of the current health of Tompkins County residents. The CHIP identifies two priorities for community focus based on community input and data analysis. Go to: Press Release  |  CHA & CHIP.


NYSDOH Flu Button Flu vaccinations: Everyone, Every Year!

The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Vaccinations are available by appointment at the Health Department, 55 Brown Rd., across from the airport. Call (607) 274-6616 during business hours. 

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Pre-teen vaccinesVaccines and Immunizations

Pre-Teens Need Vaccines 2!
TCHD provides vaccines to children without health insurance.
Call (607) 274-6616 for info.

Healthy Neighborhoods Program

Marcellus Shale gas drilling:
Read TCBOH resolution and EH-Div comments to NYSDEC regarding the dSGEIS.

 Mission, Vision, Values

The Tompkins County Health Department provides numerous programs and services for Tompkins County residents. Browse this site to discover the full array of services available.

Our Mission:
"To strive to achieve a healthy community by protecting and promoting public health through education, training, advocacy, and the provision of services."

Our Vision:
"Your Partner for a Healthy Community."

Our Values:
"We engage our community with compassion and respect.

"We value diversity, transparency, and fairness.

"We work collaboratively with integrity and competence."


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