2016-2018 Columbia County Community Health Improvement Plan Posted

posted Jun 8, 2017, 8:00 AM by Victoria McGahan

The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2016-2018 for Columbia County is now posted on our website! Please follow this link to read about how CCDOH and our partners will be improving Public Health in our community! 

**Certified Home Health Agency Closure**

posted Sep 2, 2016, 6:52 AM by Victoria McGahan   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 5:39 AM ]

For Immediate Release

September 2, 2016    

The Columbia County Department of Health announced today that it is no longer admitting new patients to its Certified Home Healthcare Agency (CHHA).  This comes as one of the final steps in the formal closure of the healthcare agency.

The notification to the public is part of the closure plan approved by the State Health Department earlier this summer, according to Interim Public Health Director John Mabb, who stated that the closure only affects the Department’s homecare agency.  All other departments and programs including Maternal Child Health remain open for business.

“Patients currently under the care of CHHA staff will continue to be served until they are transitioned to a new home healthcare provider”, says Liz Galle CCDOH Director of Patient Services.

 “As we move to close this agency, our commitment to county residents remains,” she says, adding that part of the closure plan is for the agency to assist patients in making informed choices in selecting another homecare agency to serve them. There are currently three agencies serving the county: Eddy Visiting Nurse Association, Living Resources Certified Home Health Agency Inc, and VNA Home Health.

County leaders decided to sell or close the CHHA in 2013, subsequently agreeing to sell the agency to Willcare Home Health, although that company did not follow through on the purchase. 

Local physicians have also been notified of the closure, with the Department providing them with the names of the three agencies serving the county.

As the State-approved plan directs, the public will be informed through the Columbia County DOH website at, and through press releases to local media.

For more information about the Department’s other services, call the County Health Department at 518-828-3358.


2015 Annual Report

posted Jun 29, 2016, 6:34 AM by Victoria McGahan

The 2015 Columbia County Health Department Annual Report now available on the CCDOH Website! See below to read about the health status of our community!

Women's Health Project- CCDOH Walking Club Collaboration

posted Jun 27, 2016, 10:48 AM by Victoria McGahan   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 6:23 AM ]

Here is a little Monday inspiration for you! Check out our group of lovely ladies that participated in our first Monday Walking club! The Women's Health Project and the Walking club will be meeting each Monday at 9am at 41 N. 2nd Street! All are welcome! ‪  #‎HealthyMonday‬ ‪#‎MondayMile‬‪#‎MoveItMonday‬ ‪#‎MondayMotivation‬

Monday Mile- June 27, 2016

NYSDOH releases 2014 Obesity BRFSS

posted Jun 10, 2016, 10:51 AM by Victoria McGahan

The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) has announced the release of a new report based on data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the NYSDOH. 

The brief report, “Overweight and Obesity among New York State Adults, 2014,” provides updated prevalence estimates of both overweight and obesity in the state.  According to the report:


·         More than one-quarter (27.0%) of adults in NYS are obese and another 34.1% are overweight, an estimated 8.7 million residents

·         Although the rate of obesity in NYS is lower than the United States, the rate of obesity has increased in NYS since 2012.

·         The rate of obesity is higher among adults who are non-Hispanic black and Hispanic (34.2% and 30%, respectively), earn an annual household income less than $25,000 (31.9%), have less than a college education (29.0%), or are currently living with a disability (38.4%).  


The brief can be accessed online at the following address:

Zika Mosquito Reduction Announcement

posted May 18, 2016, 11:53 AM by Victoria McGahan

Zika Virus, a mosquito-borne infection that can cause serious birth defects, has been documented across the United States, in people who have traveled to Zika infected areas of South America, the Caribbean and Central America. The Zika Virus can cause serious birth defects to unborn children. Pregnant women are at highest risk for transmitting the virus to the unborn fetus. Zika Virus has also been known to be transmitted via semen through unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner. Currently no reported human cases of Zika virus have occurred in Columbia County. The species of mosquito that have been identified to carry the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus have not been found in our area.  


“The best way to avoid the transmission of the disease like West Nile or Zika Virus is to reduce the mosquito population around your home and property and to take measures to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes.” said, Jack Mabb. Interim Public Health Director.  Typically the mosquito season runs from June 1st to November 1st. Many mosquitoes that can transmit viruses like West Nile or Zika lay their eggs in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days around the home.  “Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed.” Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors.


To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, the local health department advises you to take the following steps to reduce or eliminate standing water:

·         Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.

·         Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

·         Make sure that your roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

·         Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

·         Change the water in bird baths twice a week.

·         Dispose of used tires. Call your local landfill or public works department to find out how to dispose of them properly.

·         Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds.

·         Clean and properly chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.

·         Drain water from pool covers.

·         Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

·         Make sure windows and doors have screens in good condition.




“While it is not necessary to limit any outdoor activities, you can reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes in our area do not transmit disease”, Mr. Mabb said.


      To avoid mosquito bites:

·         Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

·         Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when you are outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active.

·         Consider using mosquito repellent when outdoors. Follow label directions carefully.



 For more information on Zika Virus you can visit the New York State Department of Health’s web site at or call the NYSDOH Zika Virus Information Line at 1 (888) 364-4723 Monday - Friday (9 am to 5 pm). Visit the Centers for Disease Control web site at You can also contact the Columbia County Department of Health at (518)828-3358 or visit the web site at   




2016 Eco Fair

posted Apr 26, 2016, 12:17 PM by Victoria McGahan

Our CCDOH Healthy Neighborhoods Staff doing outreach this past Saturday at
 Eco Fair at ReStore! Interested in learning more about the Healthy 
Neighborhoods Program? Check out our website! 
Or give us a call (518)828-3358 

Columbia-Greene Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:32 AM by Victoria McGahan

It's never too early to get registered and start fundraising for the Columbia-Greene Out of the Darkness Walk! Walk date: 9/24/2016 at Hudson Waterfront Park! We look forward to seeing you there!!

Zika Virus

posted Feb 5, 2016, 6:33 AM by Victoria McGahan   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 10:23 AM by Stacey Colloton ]

Follow these links to get the latest information on everything you need to know about the Zika virus. Find the areas affected by the Zika Virus, signs, symptoms, and prevention measures you can take to protect yourself. 

Centers for Disease Control and prevention-

New York State Department of Health-

2017 Annual Rabies Clinic Schedule

posted Feb 3, 2016, 5:02 AM by Victoria McGahan   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:47 AM by Stacey Colloton ]





For the safety of all attendees, all dogs must be on a leash; cats and ferrets must be in carriers.


(Those at least 3 months of age)

March 11 (Sat)                                        Ancram Town Highway Garage

Cats                      10:00-11:00

Dogs                     11:00-12:00                                       Copake Vets

Maple Lane, Ancramdale


April 15 (Sat)                                          Germantown Community Bldg.

Cats and Ferrets   10:00 – 11:00

Dogs                     11:00 – 12:00                          Dr. Elaine Tucker

Palatine Park Road


May 6 (Sat)                                             Gallatin Town Highway Garage

Cats and Ferrets   10:00 – 11:00

Dogs                     11:00 -12:00                                      Copake Vets

County Routes 8 & 11


June 3 (Sat)                                             Greenport Town Hall

Cats and Ferrets   2:00 – 3:00

Dogs                     3:00 – 4:00                              Mountain View Animal Hospital

Town Hall Drive,  off of Healy Blvd.


June 14 (Wed)                                                Ghent Town Highway Garage

Cats and Ferrets   4:00 – 5:00                   

Dogs                     5:00 – 6:00                              Sheep Meadow

Garage Place Road (by Dairy Queen)                             Dr. Patterson


August 8 (Tues)                                     New Lebanon Town Garage

Cats and Ferrets   4:00-5:00

Dogs                     5:00-6:00                                 Nassau Vet Clinic

Intersection of Rt.22 and Old Post Road              Dr. Lisa Dietrich


October 4 (Wed)                                    Claverack Town Park

Cats and Ferrets   4:00 – 5:00

Dogs                    5:00 – 6:00                              Mountain View Animal Hospital

Church Street, Mellenville, Behind Town Hall


November 4 (Sat)                                   Kinderhook Town Hall

Cats and Ferrets   2:00 – 3:00                              Dr. S. Gagliardi

Dogs                     3:00 – 4:00                              Chatham Small Animal Hospital     

3211Church Street, Valatie - Martin H. Glynn School 

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