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
- Town of Berkshire
- 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, 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.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month!
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual awareness month to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.
Parents YOU have the power to protect your children against vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Preteens and teenagers need 4 vaccines to protect against serious disease: meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis and other bloodstream infections; tdap vaccine to prevent against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough; a yearly flue vaccine; and the HPV vaccine to protect against cancers that are caused by HPV.
- The HPV vaccine is given at ages 11-12 for best protection. It can be given up to adults ages 26.
- The HPV vaccine is only 2 doses, 6 months apart. After a teen is 15, 3 doses will need to be given.
Vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious disease.
- Vaccines work with children’s natural defense systems to help them safely develop protection from disease.
- Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe and effective. They are also closely monitored after they are in use. To learn more about the safety of the HPV vaccine visit: HPV Vaccine Safety Information
Work with your children’s pediatrician or nurses to stay up to date on the recommended vaccines.
- Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about whether or not you have missed any of the recommended vaccinations.
- The immunization schedule is designed to provide immunity is early life, before children are exposed to possible diseases. Click here for the Recommended vaccine schedule for 7-18 year olds: Vaccination Schedule for 7-18 Year-Olds
- Some vaccinations, like the HPV vaccine, require more than one dose in order to be effective. Each recommended dose is important
Vaccine preventable diseases are still a threat. Vaccination is the best prevention for all.
- Some infections that are preventable in preteen vaccinations, like HPV can cause serious health issues later on in life. Over 34,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with a cancer related to HPV every year.
Follow the conversation online or share why you vaccinate with #ivax2protect
Broome County Health Department wants to thank UHS for being a great partner in cancer-prevention activities!
UHS has worked with the Broome County CPiA team on sun safety and HPV vaccination initiatives throughout Year 1 and 2. The UHS Stay Healthy Center has provided sun safety and HPV vaccine information to multiple venues and audiences.