Public Health Nursing
Contact: Christina Cain, RN, BSN, BS, MS, MA
301 North Washington Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
The Herkimer County Public Health team is dedicated to the protection and promotion of our resident's health through the provision of high quality, comprehensive, individualized services, in all phases of the life cycle.
Our objective shall include surpassing community standards. Our team of skilled, caring, compassionate individuals shall strive to meet the needs and expectations of the people in Herkimer County.
All available resources will be utilized to ensure the mission statement is carried out. Staff and patient/family education will be provided. Open and continuous quality improvement will be encouraged. Each team member's contribution toward quality improvement will be recognized.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM due to COVID-19
From Memorial Day – Labor Day (summer hours) 8:00 AM – 4:00PM
New York State Department of Health - Environmental Unit- 315-866-6879 - Contact information for the following requests: Food permits, Restaurant Inspections, and Water Issues.
Sharp/Needle Drop-Off Collection Sites - Click here
EARLY INTERVENTION & CHILD FIND:
Voluntary program of no cost to parents that identifies children age 0–3 years old who may have a developmental delay based upon evaluation criteria. Children can be referred by doctors, hospitals, parents or other community members or professionals on behalf of the child. If eligible for services, a child can receive in-home services to address the delay. Child Find program monitors a child’s development and sends periodic information to parents regarding milestone development.
PRE-SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION:
Herkimer County is fiscally responsible for pre-school services for children with a disability ages 3–5 years old. Children are referred to their local school district for an evaluation to determine eligibility. If determined eligible for services, the child may receive a preschool program or services in the home based upon their need. The municipality is responsible for transportation if a program is recommended.
LEAD POISONING PREVENTION:
Referral for lead screening available. Community & Provider education on the dangers of lead. Home visits are available for children with a lead level of 5 or greater, for family education on reducing risk.
Disease investigations on all reportable communicable diseases. Follow-up provider contact is made, health education and guidance provided.
Tuberculosis diagnostic and case management services are available for county resident with confirmed or suspect TB infection.
Immunization Clinics are held weekly and adults and children are welcome. They are held at the Prevention Unit on Tuesdays from 9–11 am & 1–3 pm and are open to any member of the community and services include:
- Tuberculin Skin Testing (Mantoux)
- Routine Adult and Child Immunizations
- See the Immunization Clinic Schedule here: 2020 Schedule *** NOTE - Clinics to resume on August 25, 2020, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. See instructions here.
- There will be no clinic on September 8, 2020
ALERT: Click here for the latest Press Release
Rabies information, specimen handling and pre/post exposure treatment for humans. Rabies clinics are held for dogs, cats and ferrets. All animal bites must be reported to our office. Please call 315-867-1176.
2020 Rabies Clinic Schedule - 2020 Schedule
The clinic scheduled for October 1, 2020 in Little Falls is by appointment only. No walk-ins, please.