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 our 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.
New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations Click Title 10
New York State Public Health Laws Click Laws, click Laws of New York, & under Consolidated Laws scroll down to and select PBH
Contact: Jessica Darney Buehler, Director of Planning & Promotion at 518-873-3518 or Jessica.DarneyBuehler@EssexCountyNY.gov
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 this Unit.
Contact: Jennifer Newberry, Director of Patient Services at 518-873-3710 or Jennifer.Newberry@essexcountyny.gov
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 ensure children with developmental and health delays or disabilities – including physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive – receive early intervention therapeutic and support services.
Contact: Lucianna Celotti, Childrens’ Services Coordinator at 518-873-3522 or Lucianna.Celotti@essexcountyny.gov
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.
Contact: Krista Berger, WIC Coordinator at 518-873-3560 or Krista.Berger@essexcountyny.gov
Get more information about each unit by cruising this website or by calling (518) 873-3500.
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.
This report provides a description of what Public Health Units across NYS are required to do & how they are funded.
Content verified 4/5/2019