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Volunteer for the Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Exercise

On Tuesday, March 31, TCHD will test its capacity to dispense medications to at least 250 people in less than two hours. This Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise will take place at BOCES on Warren Road between 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. 

In a public health emergency, it may be necessary to dispense medications to everyone in Tompkins County within a very brief period of time. To ensure the success of this emergency preparedness drill, the TCHD invites community members to participate. Get more info and Pre-register at Full press release»

Diabetes Alert Day

ADA ScreenshotTuesday, March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. To support Diabetes Alert Day, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) encourages people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and know their risk for type 2 diabetes.
• Visit to find resources you can use to support your Diabetes Alert Day efforts.
Click here to learn about Diabetes Prevention Programs in Tompkins County.

Vaccines Save Lives

The current measles outbreak that began in California highlights a problem that continues to grow in the United States — parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Before the vaccination program started in 1963, the CDC estimates that about 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the U.S. Of those, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles.
Read the full Viewpoint by Public Health Director Frank Kruppa »

Measles Factsheet »

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»

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 »

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. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.

Health Department Bulletin Board

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."


NOTICEThe Tompkins County Health Department makes every effort to post accurate and reliable information. However, it does not guarantee or warrant that the information on this website is complete, accurate, or up-to-date. Tompkins County shall not be liable under any circumstances for any claims or damages arising directly or indirectly from information presented therein. Please contact the program area by phone or the receptionist at 274-6600 for more information.

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