Serving: Broome and Tioga Counties
Broome County Health Department Vision:
Broome County will be distinguished as a community that maximizes the opportunity for all people to take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve their optimal quality of life. The health of the community will also be enhanced by a community wide partnership of organizations that will assess, prioritize, and take action on initiatives to improve specific public health indicators and measures of community health status.
The Broome County Health Department has partnered with local businesses, school districts, healthcare organizations, and the Tioga County Health Department for work on the Community Cancer Prevention in Action Grant. The main focus areas of the grant are to: educate the public, especially youth, about the dangers of UV exposure; work with local employers to allow and promote paid time off for cancer screenings for their employees; and promote the HPV vaccination and education surrounding the HPV virus and the cancers it can cause.
Entities Adopting Sun Safety Policies
- Abide in the Vine Childcare Center
- Broome County Council of Churches
- Broome County Parks and Recreation Department
- Broome County YMCA
- Broome County YWCA
- Binghamton Community Schools at Harpursville
- Binghamton Community Schools at Whitney Point
- City of Binghamton Parks and Recreation
- Cornell Cooperative Extension
- K&N Ellis Childcare (Lourdes)
- Prevention Coalition of Broome County
- Ross Park Zoo
- Scott Smith & Son
- Tot’s Learning Center
- Village of Deposit
In the News
- Broome County Health Department receives million dollar grant to fight cancer – 10/30/18 Binghamton Homepage
- Broome/Tioga Get $1 For Cancer Prevention – 10/31/18 WNBF
- How Broome, Tioga Counties will use new $1.1 million cancer prevention grant – 10/30/18 WBNG
- Parks Open across Broome County kicking off the Summer season – 5/21/19 Binghamton Homepage
- Have a fun and safe summer with these sun protection tips – 7/7/19 Press & Sun Bulletin
- Someone You Love Screening at Binghamton University -9/23/19 Fox 40 Wicz
- Farmer’s Market Event – 9/22/19 WBNG
- Dr. DeGuardi’s HPV Vaccine LTE– 11/21/19 Press and Sun Bulletin
- Cervical Cancer Awareness Month– Published on 1/21/20 Press and Sun Bulletin
- Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – 1/22/20 Binghamton Homepage
- Heather Foley’s Indoor Tanning LTE– 1/26/20 Press and Sun Bulletin
- Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month- Broome Goes Blue! – 3/4/20 Binghamton Homepage
Take a look at some environmental changes our partners made!
Come talk to us at these events:
Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions on gatherings of 50+ people, Broome County Health Department and Tioga County Health Department will be limiting the amount of events we will be attending.
Thank you for your patience and continuous support during this time.
Welcome Summer and Warmer Weather!
It’s the start of the summer, with warmer weather and the sun’s coming out. The sun’s rays emits UV radiation, the biggest risk factor for skin cancer. Skin cancer is easily preventable, and the following tips can be used to stay sun safe.
Sun Safety Tips:
- Avoid the sun during peak times between 10am and 4pm
- Wear protective clothing such as: long sleeved shirts, hats with wide brims, sunglasses with full spectrum coverage
- Seek shade whenever possible
- Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher
When wearing sunscreen, make sure you apply 20 minutes before you plan on going outside and reapply every 2 hours. An average adult needs about 1 ounce of sunscreen for full coverage.
Here are some great websites with more skin cancer information:
- Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
- American Cancer Society Skin Cancer Q & A Videos
- Center for Disease Control Skin Cancer Statistics
- Binghamton’s UV Index
Test your sun safety “IQ” with the American Cancer Society Sun Safety quiz: Sun Safety Quiz
Want some ways for the kids to stay busy and learn to be sun safe? Download some of the Ray and the Sunbeatables coloring pages here!
- Ray and the Sunbeatables Coloring Book
- Ray and the Sunbeatables Coloring Passport
- Ray and the Sunbeatables Coloring Characters
Show off your sun safe selfie!
- Take a picture of yourself using sun protection
- Post it on social media
- Practice what you post! Continue using sun protection throughout the year.
Share this sun safe selfie flyer with others to encourage them to post their own sun safe selfie!
If you are an organization and are interested in adopting a sun safety, please contract our CPiA Coordinator Mary at 607-778-3929 or our Community Coordinator Kristin at 607-778-2841