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2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2019-2020 Annual Report

FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

     It is my pleasure to report that the Cattaraugus County Health Department provides a wide range of services to the residents of our community from promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting the health of our residents through immunizations and disease investigation to serving as an onsite and in-home medical care provider. This 2019-2020 Annual Report reviews our purpose and the services we provide to accomplish our mission for the benefit of our great community.

     In the 2019-2020 Annual Report, the Cattaraugus County Health Department aimed to spotlight each divisions’ activities; how their efforts geared towards advancing equity in service and response towards public health.

     This report covers more of the many ways that the Department is protecting public health in a changing world. Preventing public health crises requires preparation and vigilance from the government, but also an educated and informed public that trusts scientific facts and medical expertise. In 2019 and 2020, the Department worked long and hard to strike this safe balance for the residents of Cattaraugus County.

     In 2020 public health was placed at the forefront of an international crisis that will go down in many history books for years to come. COVID-19, a new coronavirus, that is still sweeping the nation, is found to be highly transmissible and is leaving behind unprecedented numbers of deaths worldwide. Locally, Cattaraugus County has come together to deal with the many challenges brought on by this pandemic and together we are able to sustain the many obstacles placed before this county.

     The nonstop working that is associated with battling this pandemic could not have been accomplished without the entire county workforce who stepped up and assisted the department with the many undaunting tasks that is placed before the department each day. Both the County and Board of Health Leadership was and is still beyond incredible during this unprecedented moment of history.

     I am proud of our dedicated and highly trained public health workforce who again responded to a range of emergencies and challenges. We are honored to be nationally accredited with the Public Health Board, and stand as a lighthouse and beacon of hope for Local Health Departments and community leaders seeking success in the profession and in community health.

Thank You,
Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, MD. MPH