Carol Smith, M.D., M.P.H., Health Commissioner
300 Flatbush Avenue
Kingston NY 12401
Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri
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The Ulster County Public Health Department provides
a wide range of services and programs to County residents, designed
to ensure their well-being. The mission of the agency is the prevention
of the leading causes of disability, disease and premature death.
We are proud of our activities in the field of regulating
and monitoring community health, educating the public about health issues
and concerns, and providing programs and services that directly benefit
the people who live in Ulster County.
The Environmental Sanitation division enforces laws and codes and conducts
activities designed to maintain physical disease barriers. It also seeks
to improve such conditions where they might affect overall public health.
- Public Water Supply: The division provides inspections,
sampling, monitoring, troubleshooting and technical assistance to water
supply systems in the County and conducts enforcement when necessary.
- Community Sanitation and Food Protection: The
division is responsible for the inspection and issuance of permits for
restaurants, temporary food service, hotels, motels, campgrounds, children's
camps, residential farm labor camps, bathing beaches and swimming pools,
mass gatherings, and state and local institutions, to ensure the well-being
of those who use the facilities. The division monitors the facilities
and investigates complaints about food-borne and water supply-related
illnesses at permitted facilities, as well as reportable injuries at
camps and beaches. The Environmental Sanitation division conducts enforcement
when deemed necessary.
- Environmental/Occupational Health: The division
responds to chemical emergencies, concerns about hazardous waste disposal
sites, indoor air complaints, and occupational health issues.
- Rabies: The division investigates complaints
of rabid animals, submits specimens to the State laboratory for confirmation,
provides follow up for those who have come in contact with rabid animals,
and ensures that treatment is provided when needed.
- Lyme Disease: The division monitors Lyme disease
cases, identifies ticks, and provides Lyme disease education.
- West Nile Disease: The division is responsible
for monitoring disease indicators, such as mosquitoes and birds, and
is a resource for information about prevention techniques.
- Tobacco Law Enforcement: The division is responsible
for enforcing tobacco legislation within the County.
Patient Services Division
845-340-3060 Director of Patient Services
300 Flatbush Avenue
Kingston NY 12401
The Patient Services Divison offers many programs and
services to the community including the following:
- Clinics: Well-child, immunization, lead testing,
and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) clinics are held at a number
of locations throughout the County on a regular schedule. Testing and
treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, as well
as HIV testing clinics are also held on a regular basis. In the fall,
adult flu and pneumonia immunization clinics are held in many locations
within Ulster County. Please feel free to call for specific program
information, schedules, and fees (if any).
- Physically Handicapped Children's Program/Children
With Special Health Care Needs: This program ensures access to quality
health care for chronically ill and disabled children.
- Infant and Child Health Assessment Program:
This program identifies infants at risk for developmental disabilities,
and provides follow up for infants and children at risk for developmental
- Certified Home Health Agency Programs: These services are available to Ulster County
residents who need care and treatment of an illness or injury. The goal
of the Certified Home Health Agency is to prevent hospitalization whenever
possible. Services are provided according to a physician's orders. Care
is reimbursable by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, or may
be determined by a sliding scale. Public Health nurses also visit prenatal
and postnatal women, newborns and infants.
Communicable Disease Program 845-340-3090
Physically Handicapped Children's Program 845-340-3099
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program 845-340-3965
Other Services and Programs
Health Education 845-334-5527
- Educational materials: A wide
variety of health-related information is available to the public.
programs: From time to time, the Health Department receives grants to
fund specific events and activities, which have included nutrition
& physical activity; tick-borne illness prevention; and tobacco
cessation & prevention. These programs are publicized as they
Statistical information: Data
specific to Ulster County health indicators is available, as are materials
especially useful for students working on special projects.
Referral Services 845-340-3150 Administration
The department maintains a listing of services and resources available
both locally and through toll-free telephone numbers.
Medical Examiner 845-340-3323
State law requires that the Medical Examiner investigate deaths of persons
dying from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly, when
unattended by a physician, in prison, or in any suspicious or unusual
manner. The Medical Examiner is responsible for certifying and determining
the cause of death.