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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May is Motorcycle Safety Month!

Make sure you have the best helmet to protect yourself:

Virtual Workshop

Are you interested in learning positive behavioral interventions and coping strategies to help support students?

Join this Virtual Workshop "Supporting Student Mental Health: A highlight of innovative strategies to promote wellness".

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month!

Left untreated, hepatitis B and hepatitis C can damage your liver and even lead to liver cancer. Learn more about prevention, testing, and treatment.



Blood Lead Level Test

Speak to a Health Care Provider about Blood Level Tests for Children

Lead poisoning is preventable! A simple blood test can detect lead. Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program!

Antibiotic Resistance

Check out this site: from the CDC about antibiotic resistance and for more information about antibiotic use, check out this site from the CDC:

Healthy Swim Week!

May 23-29th 2022 is Health & Safe Swimming Week!

#safeswim #healthywater #summershere

Prevent Dog Bites!

Prevent Dog Bites: Learn how loud noises may upset dogs, leading to bites.

Teach children in your family to prevent dog bites by reducing noise around the family pet.

Community Project for May

Sharing ASAPP's Promise Community project for May:

United Way would be pleased to receive GENTLY used or NEW donations of bath towels/washcloths and bed sheets/blankets to distribute to those in need.

Please drop off items at the HFM Prevention Council, 86 Briggs St. Suite #5 between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:00 pm during the month of May. Thank you.

May is National Better Speech And Language Month.

Better Speech And Language Month aims to raise awareness concerning disorders of speech, hearing, voice and language.

To learn more about how to identify or address these concerns click the link below.

National Safe Boating Week!
Fulton County is known for its lakes, all 44 of them! And with so many lakes it is important to be aware of how to be safe around these lakes, especially when boating on them!

This week is National Safe Boating Week! Follow these boating safety tips from the National Safe Boating Council website “Wear It” to make sure you and your family are safe on the water!

#wearit #safeboatingweek #nationalsafeboatingcouncil #boatingsafetytips


Why is it so important to start reading to your babies as early as 4 months?

To learn more on why beginning early is so important click on the link below.

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month

It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring teens are self aware and confident about themselves.

Click the link below to learn how to check in and ensure you are doing everything you can to support and nurture the teens in you life.

Food Distribution!
Please share and add to your calendar, next food distribution in Gloversville Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 10:00 am.

Make Sure Children Have Safe Crawls

Did you know children’s hands and toys can pick up household dust or exterior soil contaminated by lead?

Be sure to move children’s outdoor play areas away from bare soil and the sides of your home.

Wet-mop floors and wet-wipe surfaces indoors often to reduce the risk of lead exposure!.

Physical Activity Ideas for Children Under 5!
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Here are some physical activity ideas for children under 5 years.

No Safe Blood Lead Level
No safe blood lead level has been identified for children and even low levels of lead in the blood can have lifelong health impacts?

Good news is that childhood lead poisoning is preventable! Learn more at:

Fulton County Public Health has positions available!

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse

To view job postings click here: and contact Fulton County Personnel office to apply.

Rabies Clinic

Fulton County Public Health will be holding their next Rabies Clinic on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

The rabies vaccination clinic will take place at 2714 State Highway 29, Johnstown NY (at the County Services Complex behind the Public Health building).

Pets that can receive a rabies vaccination include: dogs, cats and ferrets. Dogs must be leashed to attend. Cats and ferrets must be in a carrier or box.

Appointments are by pre-registration ONLY! Registration begins June 22nd, 2022. To pre-register call Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720.

This is the second of three rabies clinics Fulton County Public Health will be offering in 2022.

May is International Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

UV exposure from the sun is one of the main causes of of skin cancer and also one of the most preventable.

To learn more about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and educate yourself about the ways to help prevent skin cancer click on the link below.

May is Healthy Vision Month and Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Did you know certain vaccine preventable diseases can cause vision or hearing loss?

Protect your senses with routinely recommended vaccinations!


To order FREE COVID tests for you and your family, sign up here:

May is Arthritis Awareness Month!
Did you know physical activity helps reduce arthritis pain? Don’t know where to start? Talk to your health care provider. Even walking for 10 minutes a couple times a week will help you get started.

Check out this site from the CDC for more information.

Looking to get started walking? Need a good program to start walking? Check out the Walk With Ease program here: and contact Fulton County Public Health to pick up a self-directed participant guidebook at 518-736-5720.

Do you need a car seat or booster for your child?

Did you know Fulton County Public Health has a Low-Income Car Seat program and is a Car Seat Fitting Station?

To make an appointment, call 518-736-5720.

If it is after hours or the weekend and you are in urgent need to have your car seat checked you can call the Fulton County Sheriff’s at 518-736-2100.


Are you currently pregnant?

Have you heard about the Text4Baby program?

Check out this video about the Text4Baby program to see if it is right for you:

For more information, visit the Text4Baby website at:

Are you planning to buy or rent???

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?

Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It’s available in multiple languages!

Can you tell the difference!

Can you tell the difference? Then how can a child?

Questions? Call Allison Mirabito, Upstate New York Poison Center Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator (c) 315-975-0030 (o) 315-464-7090, Upstate New York Poison Center I 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210 I 315.464.7078 I 5 community for 65 years: 1-800-222-1222!

#UNYPC65Years #PreventPoison

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

UV exposure from the sun is one of the main causes of of skin cancer and also one of the most preventable.

To learn more about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and educate yourself about the ways to help prevent skin cancer click on the link below.

Don’t Drink Water from Roadside Springs!

Roadside Springs can contain bacteria and other substances that can make you sick.

Supported Decision Making

Have you heard about Supported Decision Making (SDM)?

It encourages and helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities make their own decisions with help from the trusted people in their lives.

Legislation is working its way toward approval. If NYS approves SDM legislation, it will join 12 other states that have passed this bill.

Protect Your Family!

Lead has been used for a long time in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, playgrounds, batteries, cosmetics, toys, imported candies, jewelry, and other products.

The good news is lead poisoning is preventable and you can start by learning more at:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Children can also struggle with mental health issues.

Here is some information from the CDC to better understand and help your child depending on what he or she may be going though.

NY Project Hope

Have questions about where we are at with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Check out this site from NY Project Hope to learn more:

Do you want to quit smoking?

Ellis Medicine has a 6 week tobacco cessation program called The Butt Stops Here.

Contact John White at 518-831-6957.

Scholarship Opportunity!
Interested in becoming a nurse?

Check out this site to learn about the “Nurses of Our Future Scholarship” to see if this is right for you!

Homebound Patients, do you need a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Speech and Language Development

There are many ways you can help your child learn to understand and use words.

Here are some activities for children birth to 4 years old to encourage speech and language development.

Study Opportunity!

Are you between ages 18-22 and have an intellectual and or developmental disability?

Participate in this study about your experience of transition planning in school and you could earn a $25 Amazon gift card.

Email if you are interested.

Survey Opportunity!
Are you a parent of a youth aged 18-22 who has an intellectual and or developmental disability?

Would you like to participate in this study about how school staff discuss transition planning and address transfer of rights with you & your child?

You could earn a $25 Amazon gift card.

Email if you are interested.

Survey Opportunity!
Are you a Transitional Professional or Special Educator who has worked with students who have an intellectual and or developmental disability?

Would you like to participate in this study about how staff discuss transition planning with students & parents?

You could earn a $25 Amazon gift card.

Email if you are interested.

Survey Opportunity!

Caregivers! Parents! Massachusetts General Hospital wants to understand what challenges caretakers face in accessing services for a child with complex health conditions.

Join a 1 hour focus group and receive a $50 gift card!

Contact for more information!

One Pill Can Kill!

VINE Program

Have you heard of the VINE program? Check out the video to learn more!                                                                                                                       

And click on this link to access the NY State VINE program.

Fulton County Children's Program

Early help makes a difference. If you have concerns about your child's development call Fulton County Children's Program at 518-736-5720. 

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic! Thursday June 2, 2022 from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.

COVID Clinic 5.2.22

Adirondack Health & Wellness will have both Moderna (18 years of age and older) and Pfizer (5 years of age and older) vaccine available. They also have booster doses available in both Moderna and Pfizer.


•New Yorkers 50 years and older who received first booster at least four months ago are eligible.

•Adults 18 -49 years who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and immunocompromised New Yorkers 12 years and older are also eligible for an mRNA booster four months after their first booster.

•State Department of Health and CDC continue to strongly recommend initial booster doses for eligible adults and adolescents.

Interested? Sign up here:   or call Adirondack Health & Wellness at 518-886-8251 if you have questions or need help signing up.

Please help get the word out by sharing this information with your friends and family. 

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

The 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, lead testing 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
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator
Determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other prevention steps.

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.

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