Community Health Outreach
The Community Health Outreach (CHO) Division provides outreach, information and referral to individuals who are at high risk of contracting chronic or communicable disease, or who require medical management for acute or chronic health problems. The following resources give more detailed information:
Healthy Cities and Counties Challenge
The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge (HCCC or the Challenge) is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the National Association of Counties, the American Public Health Association and Healthy Places by Design. In July 2020, the Challenge – a two-year, $2 million initiative – launched by welcoming 10 city and 10 county teams that are working across sectors to advance health equity and reduce disparities in chronic disease. The Challenge provides each community with flexible funds to implement their projects as well as intense technical assistance, monthly one-on-one coaching and access to a robust Peer Learning Network. Information on the County's Community Snapshot can be found here.
Healthy Orange Goes Green
Orange County Department of Health was awarded a Climate and Health Adaptation Award from the New York Association of County Healthy Officials (NYSACHO) and the New York State Department of Health. These awards were awarded to 10 local health departments throughout New York State to support climate related health adaptation initiatives.
Healthy Orange Goes Green will partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and OC Recycling to increase awareness about growing plants and food, and reducing waste through recycling and composting. The initiative will host three events for the community in July 2023 to grow seeds and plant tomato plants. Participants will learn about ways to reduce food waste and landfill use. Orange County Recycling Coordinator and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener presented to Department of Health staff on how to compost at home and other activities going on in the County to support the climate. The initiative will also support community sites by providing rainwater collection barrels to use in gardens and composters to recycle waste into healthy soil. This project will help bring more awareness to simple ways we can help our climate and work together to create a healthier Orange County.
Staff from Headstart in Newburgh and Community Health Outreach are pictured with a rainwater barrel and gardening kit donated to Headstart through funding from the Healthy Orange Goes Green initiative and Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program
Works with the Environmental Health Division to identify and remediate lead hazards in homes and apartments. Provides case management for families with children identified as having lead poisoning.
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program provides public health services to targeted areas in the City of Newburgh,City of Middletown, and City of Port Jervis with high rates of childhood lead poisoning, asthma triggers and other environmental health hazards.
The Maternal Infant Health Community Collaborative conducts education, referral and case management activities through targeted outreach and home visits in the Cities of Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis to provide information and services to individuals who might not otherwise contact a traditional health care provider.
Public Health Educators work with the general public, hospitals, health care providers, school districts, businesses, and community agencies to provide resources and expertise to improve health and promote a healthy lifestyle.
The Health Department’s Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus Prevention Programs work with the public and with health care providers to reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus in Orange County.
Migrant Health Services is a collaborative service offered by the County Health Department and the Hudson Valley Migrant Health Program of the Hudson River Community Health Center that provides outreach and education to migrant farm workers in Orange County to reduce their risk of contracting or spreading communicable diseases and to improve occupational health and safety.
The Health Department provides services and programs to help eliminate the use of tobacco products in order to prevent the many serious health consequences from tobacco use.