County residents provide inputHelping individuals make informed choices about their health behaviors is the overall purpose of health education. Information and education is provided to the community in a number of ways, from one-to-one counseling, to group workshops and presentations, and to disseminating information through print materials such as newsletters, fact sheets and brochures. Health educators additionally work with traditional print and broadcast media, as well as user-generated-content social media sites.

Topics vary and include more than 20 disease-specific prevention programs throughout the year. Dental health, chronic disease self-management, disease outbreak advisories or other alerts, HIV/AIDS and STD awareness, injury prevention, Lyme disease awareness and prevention, nutrition, tobacco use prevention, and rabies and West Nile virus awareness and prevention are some examples. Health education staff members frequently serve to support the nursing and environmental divisions in promoting programs and events.

If you or your organization need information or would like to host a workshop on a particular health topic, please call (845) 808-1390.

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If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.

PCDOH health educators are trained in crisis communication and target their approach to a variety of audiences, including school children, nursery school and daycare providers, business organizations and employees, faith-based communities, as well as physicians.

While educating the public about positive health behaviors remains a central NYS-mandated function, beyond these fundamental duties, health education also oversees broader tasks such as:

  • Public information and crisis communications
  • Social marketing, media relations, editorial and design services, and production expertise
  • Planning, evaluation and epidemiological support
  • Health and wellness for Putnam County employees
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