Community Initiatives

The Essex County Health Department is dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life within our communities. We have a strong commitment to working alongside our community organizations to achieve this common goal. Improve social and physical environments to support people being healthy. 

Go to our 45 is the new 50 Colorectal Cancer Screening Page.

Screening rates for colorectal cancer are lower in Essex County when compared to NYS rates. The rates of  colon/rectal cancers are higher than both regional and state averages. 
Reasons people may not get screened for colorectal cancer:

💲Cost concerns: Even with insurance coverage, out-of-pocket costs, time off work, and transportation challenges can act as deterrents, especially for individuals with limited resources.
❓ Lack of healthcare access: People without a regular doctor or adequate health insurance might face difficulties navigating the healthcare system and obtaining screening services.
⌚ Inconvenient scheduling: Busy lifestyles or limited office hours can make booking and attending screening appointments difficult.

Bright Futures Essex County Coalition Proposal

Mission: The Bright Futures Coalition exists to reduce barriers and strengthen collaboration between community partners to increase access to programs and services for children and families to improve health outcomes.

Vision: A county that works together to support healthy lifestyles for Essex County children and their families.

Core Strategies

  • Raise awareness of health issues that impact infants, children and families within our community
  • Bring community concerns and ideas to the table
  • Engage people and organizations from all sectors (not-for-profit, public, private) in community health promotion
  • Expand and publicize community health promotions and events
  • Facilitate development of child and family health promotion strategies
  • Enhance collaboration with other programs, providers, agencies, and community members to address social determinants of health that impact the health of women, infants, children, and families
  • Support collaborative efforts to improve community policies, increase program referrals and promote best practices.

For more information, call 518-873-3500

Well Fed Essex County

The Well Fed Essex County Collaborative is focused on increasing healthy food access for all people in Essex County, with a focus on vulnerable residents through mutually reinforcing projects.

All projects are heavily focused on distribution and consumption with the overall goal of increasing access to healthy (and local if possible) food.

Visit Well Fed site to learn more.

Narcan is an emergency medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.

Essex County Heroin & Other (ECHO)

Addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time.

Essex County Health Department has initiated a local response to the abuse of Prescription (Rx) drugs and heroin in Essex County.

We’ve gathered community partners and co-chair the Essex County Heroin and Other Prevention Coalition (known as ECHO).

Visit our ECHO page to learn more.

Community Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (COOP)

The Essex County Health Department (ECHD) is a registered overdose prevention program through the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH). The focus of ECHD’s Community Opioid Overdose Prevention (COOP) Program is to train community members to recognize and respond to an overdose and increase access to give naloxone (Narcan) to prevent fatalities.

Through our COOP program, community members can anonymously request a Naloxone (Narcan) kit, receive training on administering, and report Narcan usage below. Included in each kit are local contacts to connect people with recovery support, 24hr crisis access, and referral services.

Visit the COOP page to learn more and to request Narcan.

Chronic Disease Community Initiative

Protect Your Skin⬇

Dispensers with FREE Sunscreen are located at - Town of Chesterfield - Jaycee Park Town of Keene - Keene Beach Town of Minerva - Minerva Beach Town of Schroon - Schroon Lake Beach Town of Wilmington - Wilmington Beach

Winter Sun Safety 2023!⬇

Dispensers with FREE Sunscreen are located at Mount Van Hoevenberg, Whiteface Mountain Main Lodge, and Bears Den.

Winter Snowshoe Lending 2023!⬇

Each library has received 6-9 pairs of snowshoes ranging in size from toddler to adult. Committed libraries include: • Keeseville Free Library • Au Sable Forks Free Library • Paine Memorial Library - Willsboro • Black Watch Memorial Library - Ticonderoga

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Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.⬆

Join #getfitessexcounty

In October of 2022 our department introduced a new health initiative to our community! #getfitessexcounty is a monthly fitness challenge to help keep us in the North Country healthy. Everyone of all fitness levels is invited to join us. Each month will feature a new challenge.
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