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March 24, 2014

County Environmental Division Added to NYS Public Health Works! Honor Roll

New York State Public Health Works! has honored the Oswego County Health Department's Environmental Division for their work in protecting public health and environmental safety. Pictured from left are Marlea Munger, Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang, William Havener, Chris Williams, Marianne O'Hara, Jean Balcom, Chris Masuicca, Marilyn Loughrey, Dorothy Cloonan, Judy Naioti, Natalie Roy, Kimberly Grant, Judith Grandy, Melissa Walker, Matthew Watson, Brenda Lavery, John Harper and Evan Walsh. Missing from the photo was Adele Trenca.

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department's Environmental Division was recognized by the New York State Health Department and named to the Public Health Works! Honor Roll. This program recognizes public health workers and their role in protecting the health and safety of the public. The team will be featured on the New York State Health Department's Web site for outstanding public health employees Tuesday, May 6 to Monday, May 19. "Our environmental division is well-deserving of this honor," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "Collectively this team has a long record of public service striving to prevent disease and promote good health in Oswego County."

He added, "These people are dedicated members of the health department. They are not just clerical staff, sanitarians or specialists; they are all educators of public health, partners with local businesses, and protectors of residents' health. They live in and work with the community to ensure its growth and enhance the quality of life for all."

The Oswego County Environmental Division oversees environmental regulatory programs such as food and water supply protection, realty subdivision, swimming pools and bathing beaches, temporary residences, mass gatherings, children's camps, migrant farmworker housing, and mobile home parks; and enforces the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act and the Clean Indoor Air Act.

This division plays an important role in the lives of residents of and visitors to Oswego County. "Every day we work to ensure public health in places such as restaurants, schools, campgrounds, pools and beaches, playgrounds, visitor accommodations, festivals and events, residential wells and municipal water supplies," said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian.

The team also participates in emergency preparedness and monitors and responds to public health threats such as rabies and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). They were nominated for the honor by Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. The Public Health Works! Honor Roll recognizes the local public health workforce as an essential part of making 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 public health sanitarians Evan Walsh and Natalie Roy and public health educator Diane Oldenburg. Former public health educators Eliza St. Onge and Angela Cimilluca have also received the award.

If you have any questions or would like more information about public health or environmental safety, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3557 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3557.

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