Laurel Headwell, MS

Assistant Director:
Angela Stuart Palmer, MS

Supervising PHN:
Kim Frederick, MS, RN

Fiscal Manager:
Tammy Mickan

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

County Services Complex
2714 State Highway 29
Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 736-5720

(518) 762-1382

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Think someone is having a stroke? What do you do?

Act FAST. A stroke is an emergency. "FAST" can help you recall stroke's most common signs and symptoms.
   F = Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
   A = Arm: Can the person raise both arms? Does one arm drift down? Is their arm weak?
   S = Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or confusing?
   T = Time: Time is critical. Very important: Note the time when stroke symptoms first appear. Call 9-1-1 right away. Anyone who may be having a stroke should let an ambulance drive them to the hospital. 

Treatment needs to happen FAST, and the sooner it gets started the better the outcome for the person.

How to Remove a Tick

Grasp the mouthparts with tweezers as close as possible to the attachment (skin) site. Be careful not to squeeze, crush or puncture the body of the tick, which may contain infectious fluids.

Pull firmly and steadily upward to remove the tick. After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash hands.

See or call a doctor if there are concerns about incomplete tick removal. Do not attempt to remove ticks by using petroleum jelly, lit cigarettes or other home remedies because these may actually increase the chance of contracting a tick-borne disease.

NYS Smoker's Quitline

Do you currently smoke or use other forms of tobacco?

The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is a free and confidential program for New York State residents who want to stop vaping, smoking, or using other forms of tobacco. Text, call, or visit their website today.

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

People spend 90% of their time indoors where indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. 

Use AAFA’s Healthier Home Checklist to look for ways to improve your indoor air quality by reducing asthma and allergy triggers in your home.

Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

It’s Spring! Why not enjoy a nature scavenger hunt to keep the little ones busy outside.

Here is a hunt you can print and enjoy.

Emergency Information

How you #StayInformed in an emergency isn’t carved in stone. Find several trusted sources of #emergency information & have multiple ways to receive alerts & warnings. Learn more at #PrepYourHealth

To find Rehab Centers that provide alcohol, drug, and other substance abuse rehabilitation you can call 1-866-972-0589. To find a list of rehabs in each state, visit

A growing public health crisis is suicide. has put together resources for the prevention of suicide including crisis lines, veterans suicide resources, youth suicide resources, and other mental health and suicide prevention resources. Visit to learn more.

Public Health - CSHCN Fulton County Community Health GuideThe Fulton County Public Health Department under the direction of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Department of Health, seeks to promote wellness, to protect from disease, to prevent injury/disability, to prepare for emerging illness/disease and to assist Fulton County residents in attaining and maintaining optimal health.

Each person and/or their family will be educated in accessing health care and will be empowered to be responsible for the decisions regarding their health care needs. Many services offered by FCPH are provided free of charge; others have eligibility criteria and sliding fee scales are available for the uninsured.

For immunization or car seat appointments call 518-736-5720 to schedule your visit.


Complete and submit these forms if you or your dependent:

have been in quarantine

Quarantine Affirmation Form

have been in isolation

Isolation Affirmation Form

What to Know About Isolation and Quarantine

Information from NY State on Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and Quarantine

Information from NY State on Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing FAQ

Further Covid-19 information

More Information on COVID-19 Virus

COVID-19 Virus Information

Covid Paid Leave Information

Covid Paid Leave Guidelines
Isolation and Exposure Calculator
Determine if you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

If you are calling after hours, you will be directed to leave a message and your call will be returned the following business day. If it is an emergency you will be advised to hang up and call 911. If you need to speak to a Public Health On-Call Nurse, call 518-736-2100.

Pet immunization clinics are held periodically throughout the year. A copy of the current Rabies Clinic Vaccination flyer can be accessed here:  A nominal donation is requested. Rabies clinic dates are also advertised in local newspapers, on Facebook and posted in town halls. Clinic pre-registration is available by calling 518-736-5720 three weeks prior to each clinic.

Please visit the New York State Department of Health's website at or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at For specific questions, please contact our Lead Nurse here at Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720. 

You or your child need to have some type of public assistance (WIC benefits, Medicaid, food stamps) or be below WIC income guidelines (200% of poverty). Additionally, you need to have a valid reason for needing a car seat. You can sign up for an appointment by calling our office at 518-736-5720 and asking to speak with our Child Passenger Safety Technician. 

Early Intervention is for children with development delays from birth to age 3. Children are evaluated and if found eligible for the program may receive services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or special education services (to name some). Children ages 3-5 are evaluated through their local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to determine eligibility and services. Both programs are voluntary. 

Fulton County Public Health can provide copies of immunizations that were obtained in their office. If your immunizations were not done at Fulton County Public Health, immunization records can be obtained from doctors' offices and schools (K-12 or college) attended.

Please watch this YouTube video: "Head Lice to Dead Lice
For bed bugs, please watch this YouTube video: "7 Things You Should Know About Bed Bugs,"

Visit the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) site at

Visit the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) site at

Public Health - CSHCN Fulton County Community Health Guide