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August 16, 2010

Public Health Works! Honor Roll Includes Local Healthcare Workers

NEW YORK STATE HONORS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WORKERS - New York State Public Health Works! recently honored the Oswego County Health Department's Public Health Educator Team. Diane Oldenburg, Eliza St. Onge and Angela Cimilluca were named to the Public Health Works! Honor Roll for their work in implementing Oswego County's Pandemic Influenza Response Plan. At hand to present the award was the Oswego County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee. Pictured from left: James Karasek, District 22; Terry Wilbur, District 21; Ron Sakonyi, District 5; Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara Brown, District 8; Cimilluca; Oldenburg; St. Onge; Committee Chairman John Proud, District 7; Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Public Health Director; Jacob Mulcahey, District 15; and Margaret Kastler, District 1.

OSWEGO COUNTY - New York State's Public Health Works! Honor Roll recently added three local healthcare workers to its roster. Diane Oldenburg, Eliza St. Onge and Angela Cimilluca are all public health educators with the Oswego County Health Department.

"When the H1N1 influenza virus first appeared, this team played a pivotal role in implementing the county's Pandemic Influenza Response Plan," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Director of Public Health. "Diane took the lead in implementing and monitoring disease surveillance and early event detection systems. She worked closely with the county's nine school districts to ensure they were reporting daily surveillance data."

Dr. Norfleet continued, "Eliza coordinated and implemented the H1N1 clinics. She assisted in organizing and training staff and volunteers and was responsible for logistics and resource allocation. Eliza worked with IT and contract staff to maintain the Clinic Data Management System and to ensure that vaccination campaigns were run in each school district. Angela collected, tracked, analyzed and disseminated information for the whole team, worked with media outlets and developed a Facebook page for our health department."

The Public Health Works! Honor Roll recognizes the local public health workforce as an essential component of Commissioner of Health Richard F. Daines' public health agenda to make New York one of the healthiest states in the nation. New York State relies on its local health departments to promote, protect and improve the health of its citizens.

This recognition goes to outstanding healthcare workers that administer essential services to keep residents healthy. Past recipients include Oswego County associate public health sanitarians Evan Walsh and Natalie Roy.

If you have any questions about immunizations or would like more information about healthy living, call your healthcare provider or the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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