Fulton County Public Health

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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Guide for First Time Parents

Becoming a parent for the first time is very exciting but can also be stressful with worries and concerns about for caring for your child. For tips on topics such as holding your baby, diapering, bathing, feeding, and more, please click this link: kidshealth.org/.../guide-parents.html

Guide for First Time Parents

Home Show at BP High School 4/20-21

Home Show time is here! Join us for a wide variety of vendors, food and raffles. For more information please visit BYC-Broadalbin-Youth-Commission on Facebook.

Visit the Home Show at BP High School 4/20-21

Attention! Learn about Project Lifesaver!

Did you know Project Lifesaver is available in Fulton County?

Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program and it’s purpose is to quickly locate an enrolled individual by tracking a small personal transmitter that emits a signal.

The program is intended for children with developmental delays or diagnosed conditions such as Down Syndrome or Autism who are prone to escaping, as well as for Alzheimer’s patients.

Project Lifesaver is free of charge to Fulton County residents but requires the transmitter battery changed every 60 days. Call Jerrica Smith at 518-736-2115 for more information.

Parent to Parent: Upstate Parent Group

Please join us for the Upstate Parent Group: For Families residing in Western, Central and Northern New York on April 17th at 7 pm.

Featuring this month Special Guest: Brittany DeBell from Wildwood Programs will be joining for the first 30 minutes to discuss Family Support Services (FSS). So please feel free to come listen, ask questions, and discuss with other parents. Open to all parents and caregivers who are navigating the journey of raising someone with special needs.

Please register by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdOurqDguHtYiCMbB8QfcrQp2tIUCMXLG#/registration 

Parent to Parent: Upstate Parent Group

Buckle Up New York

April 14th-28th the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will be conducting “Buckle Up New York” enforcement for college students. You are 5 times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash without a seat belt. It is the law that every individual in a vehicle must wear their seat belt at all times. Click it, or Ticket.


How to Handle Toddler Tantrums

Empowering parents to navigate toddler tantrums with confidence! Here are some professional tips:
   1.Understanding Triggers: Identify what sets off tantrums to preemptively address them.
   2. Establish Clear Boundaries: Consistency is key. Clearly communicate limits and enforce them calmly.
   3.Validate Emotions: Acknowledge your child's feelings even during meltdowns. It fosters emotional intelligence.
   4.Teach Coping Strategies: Encourage healthy ways to manage frustration, like deep breathing or using words to express feelings.
   5.Model Calmness: Children learn from observation. Stay composed to role-model effective emotion regulation.

Remember, tantrums are normal developmental milestones. With patience and proactive strategies, you'll navigate this phase with grace

How to Handle Toddler Tantrums

How should a tick be removed?

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.

Let's Get Moving with a Virtual Health & Wellness Forum

Let’s Get Moving! - SONY Virtual Health & Wellness Forum will be hosted on April 16th at 6:30 pm.

The Virtual Health & Wellness Forums are a space for individuals with ID, families, caregivers and coaches to engage with health-focused individuals/organizations such as Healthcare Providers and Fitness Specialists. The Forums provide information and resources related to the health of Special Olympics athletes, while also focusing on bettering access to health care, education and inclusive activities for people with intellectual disabilities. Often, the health struggles that those with ID face are directly related to the lack of education and resources available to the population and their caregivers. 

Register by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtfuCtqTMoG9CG1EeAJRkOldt6kotO99JS#/registration

Let's Get Moving with a Virtual Health & Wellness Forum

Unused/Expired Prescriptions Cluttering your Cabinet?

EPA Certified Renovator Class Training Schedule for April 2024. Participants must pre-register. Class size is limited. All trainings are free.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Free EPA Lead Training

Home Show time is here! Join us for a wide variety of vendors, food and raffles. For more information please visit BYC-Broadalbin-Youth-Commission on Facebook.

Free EPA Lead Training

Understanding Long Covid

Long COVID is a term used to describe a range of symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the acute phase of COVID-19 infection. It's a tough journey for many who experience it, with symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and shortness of breath lingering long after the virus has left their system.

Let's spread awareness and support for those dealing with Long COVID. Whether it's sharing information, offering a listening ear, or simply showing empathy, every bit counts in helping those affected navigate through this challenging time.

Understanding Long Covid



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 https://www.cdc.gov/prepyourhealth/planahead/stayinformed/index.htm #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 https://freerehabcenters.org/

A growing public health crisis is suicide. Freerehabcenters.org 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 https://www.freerehabcenters.org/article/suicide-prevention-resources to learn more.


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


How do I go about getting rabies vaccination for my pet?

Pet immunization clinics are held periodically throughout the year. A copy of the current Rabies Clinic Vaccination flyer can be accessed by visiting https://www.fultoncountyny.gov/rabies>.   

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.

How do I reduce, prevent and eliminate lead in my home?

Please visit the New York State Department of Health's website at www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/ or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/.   

For specific questions, please contact our Lead Nurse here at Fulton County Public Health at (518) 736-5720. 

How do I qualify for the low-income car seat program?

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.

I am concerned about my child's development. Are there services available?

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. 

How do I get my immunization records?

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.

How do I treat head lice and what are the school/daycare rules? Also, how do you treat for bedbugs?

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."

Where can I learn more about cooling centers in NYS?

Visit the NYS Department of Health at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/about.htm

Where can I go to get more information on Cooling Assistance Benefits?

Visit the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) site at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-assistance

Where can I go to get more information on HEAP Heating Assistance programs?

Visit the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) site at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#regular-benefit

What is the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) and how do I learn more about it?

Visit the NYS Department of Health Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program site at https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/hpnap/


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