Programs & Services

The Columbia County Department of Health provides many important programs and services to community members. Please click on the links below to learn more:

  Columbia County Department of Health programs, activities, and services


Activities and Services


Personnel issues, budgets, billing, contracts, grants, and financial matters.

Early Intervention and Preschool Services

Early Intervention: Services to infants and toddlers under the age of three with developmental delays. 

Preschool: Services to eligible three to five year olds with developmental delays.  Services include: speech, occupational and physical therapies, special education, counseling, and more.  

Environmental Health

Regulatory programs in accordance with the NYS Sanitary Code and other regulations; emergency on-call services; food service establishments; Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention; beaches and pools; Clean In-Door Air Act; children’s camps; campgrounds; festivals and mass gatherings; childhood lead poisoning prevention; DEC programs and hazardous spill response; temporary residences; rabies clinics and responses; migrant housing; mobile home parks; public water; realty and private subdivisions; individual on-lot sewage development; and more.

Maternal Child Health

Home visits to help new mothers and families; education; breastfeeding information-certified lactation consultant; Physically Handicapped Children’s Program; Children with Special Healthcare Needs program; Child passenger safety education and car seat installations; lead poisoning prevention.

Public Health


(Communicable Disease


Migrant Health, and 

Public Health Preparedness)

Communicable Disease: Investigation and reporting of disease outbreaks according to Public Health Law; patient education; directly observed therapy for patients with tuberculosis.  STD Clinic: (Free, confidential, no appointment needed) Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 PM; STD testing, treatment, and counseling; HIV testing, counseling.  

Immunization: Outreach clinics and education in the community to promote vaccination; In-office immunization clinic: (By appointment) Tuesday from 1:00-3:30 PM; and every third Wednesday of the month from 4:00-6:00 PM; many types of vaccines offered.  

Migrant Health: Services for seasonal farm workers and their families (in Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Dutchess Counties); Spanish speaking community outreach worker; screening for blood pressure, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis; immunizations; education; transportation to medical appointments and interpretation.  

Public Health Preparedness: Emergency planning, response, education.

Public Health Education

Collaboration with partners on healthy policies, systems, and environments; Community Health Assessment/Improvement Plan; workshops, campaigns, and outreach focused on prevention and health.

The Columbia County Department of Health brochure is attached below.