Goshen, N.Y. – The Orange County Department of Health held its second annual Public Health Summit on Tuesday, June 28 at the Rowley Center at SUNY Orange in Middletown. The Summit is held as part of a year-long Community Health Assessment (CHA) process to determine the health of County residents.
Discussion topics included COVID-19 data, top health priorities the County should focus on (Such as mental health, maternal health, etc.), and epidemiological wastewater surveillance. The main goal of the day was to provide an opportunity for community partners to discuss local health trends, gaps in services, potential areas for improvement and ultimately provide input to select the next health priorities for the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
“Orange County is fortunate to have so many dedicated partners that are willing to work together to improve the health of all residents,” said Commissioner of Health, Dr. Irina Gelman. “Collaboration is the key to improving residents’ health and their access to the programs that are available in our community.”
The Summit was a collaborative event between area hospitals and the Orange County Department of Health as part of the health assessment process. The OCDOH has been out in the community gathering input from residents at listening sessions and conducting surveys at community events. Community input is vital to assist OCDOH and hospital partners choose two priority areas for the next three years. All input from residents and providers will be compiled over the coming months and the 2022-2024 CHA/CHIP will be shared by the end of the year and available on the County website.
“The Public Health Summit was a success, and we want to thank all the stakeholders who participated in the event,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said “The Health Department was able to gather valuable feedback from the community relating to their health concerns and priorities at the Summit. We will continue these important conversations with our partners and the community.”
For more information, please contact OCDOH’s Division of Epidemiology and Public Health Planning at 845-291-2330.