Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner To Visit Fifteen Counties During National Public Health Week To Highlight Local Public Health Activities, H1N1 Response Efforts

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 4, 2010) – During National Public Health Week, April 5-9, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., visit 15 counties across the state to observe local public health activities focused on protecting and improving community health. Dr. Daines will also present Recognition Awards to honor county efforts in the response to H1N1 flu. All local health departments in the state will be receiving these awards, but Commissioner Daines will present them in person to public health directors in the counties he is visiting.

NOTE: CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR WHEN DR. DAINES WILL BE VISITING YOUR COUNTY

MONDAY, APRIL 5

Troy, Rensselaer County

9:00 a.m. – DRINKING WATER TASTING CONTEST/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION

Commissioner Daines participates in Rensselaer County's water tasting contest, with the winner qualifying for the title of best drinking water at the 24th annual New York State Drinking Water Taste Test at the State Fair in Syracuse. He will also present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Rensselaer County Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas.

Location: Rensselaer County Department of Health, 2nd Floor, Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 Seventh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

OPEN PRESS

10:00 a.m. – OFFICIAL KICK-OFF OF PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

Commissioner Daines officially kicks off National Public Health Week in New York State with a tour of the Capital District Community Gardens program, where he will focus on healthy eating and obesity prevention. In addition to observing the Community Gardens project, he will learn about the Produce Project and Veggie Mobile. Joined by elected officials, Capital District Community Garden Executive Director Amy Klein, and Troy High School students.

Location: Capital District Community Garden, 277 8th Street, Troy NY 12180

OPEN PRESS

Catskill, Greene County

Noon -- HEALTHY EATING INITIATIVES/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will participate in "Just Ask Us" program at MOD Café in Catskill, which educates restaurant customers about the willingness of restaurants to modify recipes and portions to help customers follow a healthy diet. He will also present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Greene County Public Health Director Marie Ostoyich. Dr. Daines will be joined by Director Ostoyich, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Kerry Miller, and Melissa Scheriff of the Healthy Weight Initiative.

Location: Greene County Health Department, Suite 300, 411 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Catskill, NY 12414

OPEN PRESS

Cairo, Greene County

1:30 p.m. -- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Commissioner Daines will tour the Greene County Emergency Operations Center. He will be joined by County Emergency Coordinator Kerry Miller and Public Health Director Marie Ostoyich.

Location: Greene County Department of Emergency Services, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 25 Volunteer Drive, Cairo, NY 12413

OPEN PRESS

Cobleskill, Schoharie County

3:15 p.m. -- PREVENTION AGENDA INITIATIVES/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will learn

about Schoharie County's public health prevention activities, view displays that highlight prevention activities in Schoharie County, and tour the Schoharie County Emergency Preparedness trailer utilized in the county's H1N1 response. He will present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Schoharie County Public Health Director Kathleen Stack. He will be joined by staff from the county health department, Cobleskill Hospital, Community Prevention Agenda committee members, and County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Eva Gigandet.

Location: Cobleskill Regional Hospital, 178 Grandview Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043

OPEN PRESS

TUESDAY, APRIL 6

Norwich, Chenango County

8:00 a.m. – SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER AND COMMUNITY GARDENS SERVICES

Commissioner Daines will tour Norwich High School's School-Based Health Center, which provides medical and dental services to students. After the tour, he will visit Norwich Community Gardens and discuss the importance of healthy eating in preventing obesity. Joined by Chenango County Public Health Director Marcas Flindt, Cindy Hill-Fink of the School-based Health Center, and representatives from the Norwich Community Garden (Cornell Cooperative Extension).

Location: Norwich City High School, 49 Midland Drive, Norwich 13815

OPEN PRESS

9:30 a.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Chenango County Public Health Director Marcas Flindt.

Chenango County Public Health Department, County Office Building, 5 Court St., Norwich 13815

OPEN PRESS

Cortland, Cortland County

11:30 a.m. -- TOBACCO AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will meet with Cortland County Health Department staff to learn about the county's Tobacco and Environmental Health Programs and will then meet with Community Partners to discuss community collaboration and learn about the SUNY Cortland Health Education Program. Commissioner Daines also will present an H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Cortland County Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm. Joined by Susan Eoannou of Cortland Regional Medical Center and Bonnie Hodges and Jeanette Dippo of the SUNY Cortland Health Education Program.

Location: Cortland County Health Department, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland 13045.

OPEN PRESS

Auburn, Cayuga County

2:00 p.m. -- PREVENTION AGENDA COLLABORATION AND H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will meet with Cortland County Health Department staff and Community Partners to discuss local public health initiatives and will present the H1N1 Response Recognition Award to Cayuga County Director of Health and Human Services Elane Daly. Joined by Cayuga County Health Department staff and Mary Beth Hogan of the Cayuga County WIC.

Location: Historic Post Office Building/County WIC program, 160 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021

OPEN PRESS

3:15 p.m. – DAIRY FARM TOUR

Commissioner Daines will participate in a walking/riding tour of dairy operations at the WW Patterson Dairy Farm, which features a state-of-the-art manure digester. He will be joined by farm owner Connie Patterson.

Location: 1131 A-S Townline Road, Auburn, NY 13021

OPEN PRESS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

Waterloo, Seneca County

8:30 a.m. – ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Commissioner Daines will tour the Seneca Meadows Landfill and Seneca Energy operations and observe operations to convert landfill gas into renewable energy. Joined by Seneca Meadows Landfill Site Manager Don Gentilcore.

Location: 1786 Salcman Road, Waterloo 13165.

OPEN PRESS

10:40 a.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Seneca County Public Health Director Vickie Swineheart with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: 31 Thurber Dr., Waterloo, NY 13165

OPEN PRESS

Dundee, Yates County

Noon -- IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH AND NEIGHBORHOOD SELF-RELIANCE/H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will meet with members of the Dundee Neighborhood Project. Funded through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the Dundee community development project seeks to improve physical, social and economic health of the area. Following this meeting, he will present Yates County Public Health Director Deborah Minor with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award. Joined by Beth Harper, Director of the Dundee Neighborhood Project.

Location: Dundee Neighborhood Project, 15 Main St., Dundee NY 14837

OPEN PRESS

Watkins Glen, Schuyler County

4:00 p.m. – PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING

Commissioner Daines will meet with members of the Schuyler County Commission on Underage Drinking to learn about their efforts to reduce youth alcohol use. Joined by Schuyler County Public Health Director Marcia Kasprzyk and Commission members.

Location: Schuyler County Home Health Agency, 106 S. Perry Street, Suite 4, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

OPEN PRESS

5:00 p.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Schuyler County Public Health Director Marcia Kasprzyk with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: Schuyler County Home Health Agency, 106 S. Perry St., Suite 4, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

OPEN PRESS

Montour Falls, Schuyler County

6:30 p.m. – RABIES PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Commissioner Daines will visit the Montour Town Barn to observe a pet Rabies Clinic. He will be joined by Public Health Director Marcia Kasprzyk.

Location: 135 Havanna Glen Rd., Montour Falls, NY 14865

OPEN PRESS

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Belmont, Allegany County

8:30 a.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Allegany County Public Health Director Lori Ballengee with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: 7 Court St., Belmont NY 14813

OPEN PRESS

Wellsville, Allegany County

9:15 a.m. – PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES AT WIC CLINIC

Commissioner Daines will visit a WIC clinic with a focus on good nutrition for pregnant women and children as well as other public health activities and services, including H1N1 and seasonal flu shots.

Location; WIC Clinic, 3453B State Rt. 417 East, Wellsville, NY 14895

OPEN PRESS

Olean, Cattaraugus County

11:15 p.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Kevin D. Watkins, M.D., with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: 1 Leo Moss Dr., Olean, NY 14760

OPEN PRESS

Gowanda, Cattaraugus County

12:45 p.m. -- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Commissioner Daines will tour areas of Tri-County Hospital that were impacted by the 2009 flood.

Location: Tri-County Hospital, 100 Memorial Dr. Gowanda, 14070

OPEN PRESS

1:30 p.m. -- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Commissioner Daines will tour the Village of Gowanda Water Treatment Plant.

Location: 1 Industrial Pl, Gowanda, NY 14070

OPEN PRESS

Silver Springs, Wyoming County

3:30 p.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Wyoming County Public Health Director Gregory J. Collins, DO, with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: 5362 Mungers Mill Rd., Silver Springs, NY 14550.

OPEN PRESS

Bliss, Wyoming County

4:15 p.m. -- AIR QUALITY AND GREEN ENERGY

Commissioner Daines will tour a wind farm. Joined by Town of Bliss Supervisor Joe Kushner.

Location: 3468 East Main Street, Bliss, NY 14024

OPEN PRESS

Batavia, Genesee County

6:15 p.m. – PRIVATE WELLS

Commissioner Daines will visit a private well in Genesee County.

Location: Batavia, NY 14020

CLOSED PRESS

FRIDAY, APRIL 9

Albion, Orleans County

8:00 a.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Orleans County Public Health Director Paul Petit with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award.

Location: 14012 Rt. 31 West, Albion, NY 14411.

OPEN PRESS

Waterport, Orleans County

8:45 a.m. -- MIGRANT HEALTH

Commissioner Daines will tour two migrant worker camps.

Location 1: 12889 Stillwater Rd., Waterport, NY 14571

Location 2: 13804 Kendrick Rd., Waterport, NY 14571

OPEN PRESS

Lyons, Wayne County

12:30 p.m. -- H1N1 RESPONSE RECOGNITION AWARD

Commissioner Daines will present Wayne County Public Health Director Diane Devlin with an H1N1 Response Recognition Award. Followed by a tour of the Wayne/Rushville Dental Site.

Location: 1519 Nye Rd., Suite 200, Lyons, NY 14489

OPEN PRESS