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Programs

Prevent, Promote, Protect

These are the essential purposes and activities of local health departments. Public health services wish to prevent disease and injury, promote health, and protect their community. These programs are ways in which local health departments do all three. Each local health department in NY State has a website with information about its specific activities and services.

Prevention

Prevention activities focus on conditions such as lead poisoning, injuries, and obesity; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, or food-borne illnesses; and chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Promotion

Promotion focuses on health education about the value of nutrition, fitness, safety, immunization, pre-natal and early childhood care, and other healthy behaviors.

Protection

Protection policy focuses on the elimination of health hazards from our food, air and water supplies, including such activities as the inspection of restaurants or the regulation of toxins such as lead or radon in housing.

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