How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
The Public Health Department is responsible for health promotion, disease prevention and community needs assessment.
The Public Health Department supports the citizens of the County through Environmental Health, Dental Health, Disease Control, Nursing Services, Emergency Preparedness and Health Education programs.
Tioga County Child Passenger Safety Program
Tioga County Public Health oversees the Child Passenger Safety Program for Tioga County. This program includes free car seat checks by a Certified Car Seat Technician. Free car seats are available at any of our 3 fitting stations to families meeting eligibility requirements. The car seat program includes an educational component to ensure that families receiving seats are able to reinstall seats on their own, and are able to keep their child safe in the car as they grow.
To be eligible for a free car seat, families must be on one of the following forms of public assistance:
If you are fostering a child or have been given custody of a child suddenly and are in need of a car seat, please call Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8612 to see if you are eligible for a free car seat.
Car Seat Check Events
Car Seat Check Events are held across the county at least 3 times a year.
All Certified Car Seat Technicians must complete a 4-day training to receive their certification, and must get re-certified every 2 years. We make sure that every child leaves our fitting stations safer than they came in!
Appointments are available at any of the following locations:
Tioga County Public Health
Phone: (607) 687-8612
1062 State Route 38
Owego, NY 13827
Owego Police Department
Phone: (607) 687-2234
90 Temple St.
Owego, NY 13827
Waverly Police Department
Phone: (607) 565-2836
32 Ithaca St.
Waverly, NY 14892
This program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Early Intervention Program
This program is for children from birth to age three who have developmental delays and disabilities. Its purpose is to provide the services needed to improve child and family development. Early intervention can be provided anywhere in the community, in the home, or at daycare providers location. The program is offered free for all Tioga County families.
Services include but are not limited to:
NYS Early Intervention Program
Child Find is for children birth through age three. The purpose of Child Find is to screen children who are suspected or at risk for a developmental delay or disability. The parent/guardian is sent a developmental questionnaire starting at six months through 36 months to monitor the child's growth and development by completing the questionnaires and returning them to the Child Find Coordinator.
If a potentially qualifying disability or delay is identified, your child will be referred to our Early Intervention Program for evaluation.
Children With Special Health Care Needs
The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program is an informational referral and advocacy program for children birth to 21 years who have, or are suspected of having, a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional condition, and require health or related services of a type or amount beyond that typically required of children. This program can help families:
NYS Children with Special Health Care Needs
To make a referral to any of these programs, please call (607) 687-8600
Tioga Mobile Dental Services
The Tioga Mobile Dental Van travels throughout Tioga County providing dental care. Sites include Tioga County schools where children have easy access to receiving care during the school day. Adults can also receive care before or after-school and on school vacations. Services include dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions. Must be a Tioga County resident. All dental insurances are accepted, plus a Sliding Fee Scale is available.
Fluoride Varnish Program
Fluoride varnish is an easy and effective way to prevent dental cavities, it has been shown to reduce cavities by up to 40%! This fruit-flavored, sticky varnish is easily applied with a small brush. It can be applied up to 4 times a year for children at risk for cavities, especially those without fluoridated water. Fluoride varnish applications are available to Tioga County elementary students, Head Start students and children in the WIC program.
For more information, please call (607) 687-8595.
Tioga County Health Department is committed to preparing the community to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Our team consists of employees, volunteers, and many community partners. The Health Department maintains plans for:
The following links may be helpful in preparing for an emergency situation:
To sign up and receive emergency alerts follow this link: http://www.nyalert.gov
Emergency preparedness contact: Susan Haskett firstname.lastname@example.org 607-687-8618
Medical Reserve Corps
Tioga County’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is sponsored by our public health department and consists of volunteers, medical professionals, and paraprofessionals. Tioga County MRC trains with emergency responders and public health staff and are critical in efforts to respond to events or disasters.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Tioga County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps is to promote health, preserve life, and prevent disability during times of disaster and/or community need. Tioga County MRC strives to have a well-rounded group of both medical and non-medical volunteers with a basic understanding of emergency response and with a desire to help others in need.
For more information on Tioga County MRC or to become a volunteer please contact:
Ms. Melanie Miller CHN email@example.com phone: 607-687-8621
The Environmental Health Division of Tioga County Public Health Department regulates and enforces public health and environmental matters in accordance with the Tioga County Sanitary Code and New York State laws. The programs address the concerns of housing, food and recreation, water supply, solid waste disposal, among other indoor and outdoor health matters. All application and permit forms are located in the document library below.
NYS TOBACCO CONTROL POLICIES: Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) prohibits smoking of tobacco (herbal cigarettes are exempted) in nearly all public and work places. NYS DOH CIAA revised 2015
ADOLESCENT TOBACCO USE PREVENTION ACT (ATUPA): Compliance checks are completed for every tobacco retailer in Tioga County at least twice a year underage youth is done at each facility where tobacco products are available for sale, to verify that such products are not being sold to minors.
FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS: Environmental Health is responsible for ensuring that food service is regulated in order to enforce standards and protect the community from foodborne illnesses.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES: Environmental Health regulates operation and maintenance of public recreation areas by conducting inspections, issuing permits, and investigating reports of injuries or illness.
WATER SYSTEMS: The Tioga County Public Health Department routinely tests all community (cities, villages, mobile home parks, beaches, lakes, and pools) and non-community (restaurants, hotels) water supplies to ensure that Total Coliform and E.coli levels are absent. Testing of private water systems (homes and businesses) are primarily done when the homes are being sold or when a private homeowner requests a bacteria test be performed.
* Public Water Supply Operators: Mandatory forms and regulations may be downloaded by clicking on the links and through the documents below:
The Public Health Department is charged with ensuring the safety of food served at establishments throughout the County. The Food Safety Course is provided to help educate food service workers on best practices of food handling and preparation. The application document and full power point course are available below, and may be shared, reproduced, or utilized as needed. When the application and fee are received a code will be sent to register for the course exam.
The Health Education program includes many activities and programs which focus on improving the health and well-being in Tioga County. Health promotion efforts, education, training, and other resources are developed to meet the needs of our community.
The nursing staff is actively involved in the community and with other agencies to promote the wellness of the community, prevent disease, and protect the public. They work closely with the schools and medical providers to encourage adequate immunization rates and screening for lead.
The nursing department contacts all newborn families and provides health guidance and promotion including information on breastfeeding, growth and development, immunization and safety issues.
The nursing staff assists in county-wide or state-wide emergencies such as dispensing medications or administering immunizations in the event of a widespread disease outbreak. They oversee an active Medical Reserve Corps and assist in setting up and working at special needs shelters in the event of a natural disaster such as flooding.
Licensed Home Care Services Agency (LHCSA)-Provides skilled nursing and health promotion visits for the Primary and Prevent Programs. The nursing activities and services include:
TIOGA COUNTY’S LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM (LPPP)
Tioga County’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is responsible for identifying children newborn to eighteen years of age with elevated blood lead levels and tracking follow-up services to make sure that they are appropriate and timely. Tioga County’s LPPP staff provides case management to all children in the county with blood lead levels of 5 mcg/dL or greater
For more information on lead poisoning prevention:
Tioga County Public Health Department provides tuberculosis control services through Respiratory Clinic. Tioga County Public Health Department offers services that include: diagnosis; x-ray and related laboratory tests; provision for tuberculosis treatment and preventative therapy; medication compliance surveillance for treatment of latent tuberculosis infection and directly observed therapy for treatment of tuberculosis disease; contact/source investigations; health guidance education and coordination of services. Home visits are made as necessary for directly observed therapy, medication surveillance, health guidance education, and coordination of services.
Health Promotion Visits:
An example would be a referral for chronic lice. A home visit would be made to assess the family members for lice and instruct in ways to effectively treat and prevent further problems.
The goal of Tioga County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program is to increase the immunization rates in children and adults as well as protecting the community from vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure that children and adults receive the vaccines that they need. Tioga County Public Health Department works closely with the primary care providers, local hospitals (including Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania), school nurses, day care providers, pharmacists and other local agencies to encourage increasing immunization rates throughout Tioga County. By auditing the providers’ immunization records of the 2 and 13 year olds in their practice it shows how many of the children are up-to-date with their immunizations. TCPHD works with them to help increase their rates. TCPHD reviews the providers’ storage and handling of their vaccines to ensure proper storage and handling which is vital to vaccine effectiveness. Adult immunizations are also encouraged as is using the New York State Immunization Registry (NYSIIS).
Immunizations are provided for uninsured children less than 19 years of age through New York State’s Vaccine For Children (VFC) program. The MMR immunization may be available to those adults who qualify. Through partnership with New York State Department of Health and Tioga Opportunities Family Planning, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunizations are available to uninsured adults who have been screened and found to be at high risk for Hepatitis infection. Tioga County Public Health Department provides Hepatitis B immunization series to its employees and others who are at risk of blood borne pathogen exposure including various local governmental units, other non-profit agencies, and private industry depending on their need.
Additional immunization resources:
The Environmental Health Division is responsible for rabies control in Tioga County. They investigate exposures and offer preventative vaccinations to pets through rabies vaccination clinics scheduled throughout the year.
The Bureau of Weights and Measures provides certification and inspection services to ensure that all equipment, such as scales and pumps, provides correct and accurate readings for commercial transactions.