National Public Health Week

Department of Health
Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM, Commissioner



Dutchess County Celebrates
 Public Health Week 2015

We all have a role in supporting public health and in putting prevention to work in our lives, whether it be at home, at school, at work, while we’re on the move or in our communities. By making and supporting healthy choices, we can be living examples of the public health return on investment. Each day during National Public Health Week, we will explore ways you can improve the health of your home, school, work, play, and community environments. 


Event Schedule

During this week, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health promotes its role in protecting the community’s health as well as preventing disease and injury through its Community Health Improvement Plan and its Putting Prevention Into Practice program. Dutchess County and its partners will highlight the steps taken toward becoming the healthiest county in New York State.

The Department plans to raise awareness of Public Health through the following daily events:

Tuesday, April 7:  Building Momentum. Dutchess County will begin the celebration of the 20th National Public Health Week with a lunchtime DC Government Walk (12:30pm - Poughkeepsie Journal Building Courtyard) initiated by County Executive Molinaro and Commissioner of Health Dr. Kari Reiber. This one mile walk (rain or shine) through the Business District of the City of Poughkeepsie by County Employees will build the momentum toward healthier workplaces. In addition, the Commissioner’s Award will be announced and Worksite Wellness Champions will promote and post activities individuals can do to improve their health at work on the Dutchess County website.  Walkable Communities Trail Map Series provides links and information for more than 40 walking trails in Dutchess County. 

Wednesday, April 8:  Building Broader Connections.
Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps in line with creating the healthiest nation. This year, HealthQuest will be sponsoring a Chronic Disease Network event to promote networking between county agencies, healthcare providers, and community partners with a focus on self-management of heart disease and diabetes.

Thursday, April 9:  Raising the Grade. Each day, we find ourselves facing new challenges to our community’s health, causing us to continually look at the way we protect and promote healthy behaviors. We can’t do it all on our own, we have to expand our partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations, everyone who has an impact on our health. Increased community response to opioid and heroin abuse is an example of such a collaborative effort. Tonight, Dutchess County will be hosting a Substance Abuse Forum at Red Hook High School Cafeteria at 6pm as part of a continued conversation to decrease the impact of substance abuse on the mental, physical, and social health of our community.

Friday, April 10:  Building on 20 Years of Success. Today we will share our Community Health Status Report Card which details the health of Dutchess County and our Health Rankings.

Saturday, April 11:  Dutchess County Rabies Clinic at Family Partnership Center (8am - 12noon).

Sunday, April 12:  Dr. Reiber’s Article in Poughkeepsie Journal - Public Health.

Monday, April 13:  DC BOH Presents the Public Health Partnership Award to Brian Riddell, Dutchess Outreach Executive Director at the Dutchess County Legislature Board Meeting at 7pm.


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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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