ECDOH Programs

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Animal & Pet Health

Photo of golden retriever puppies

Pet Food Assistance (Pet Food Pantries)
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs
Help for Feral Cats
Rabies and Vector Control -- Protect Your Pet!
Additional Information & Resources
FAQ’s
Related Programs

Bats

Bats are always presumed to be rabid. If a bat is found inside your house do not let it go or kill it and discard it without calling the Erie County Department of Health for advice. Your bat may need to be tested to rule out rabies in order to keep you, your family members and pets safe from this deadly virus.

Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations current even if they are indoor pets because bats can get into houses whether the door or window is open or there is only a half inch diameter gap in the structure. 

Educational Materials
Related Programs
Contact 

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800 (For Emergencies after regular business hours: 716-961-7898)
Fax: 716-961-6880 
Printable Map of Campus(PDF)
Area Served: Erie County, NY

Beach Info

The Erie County Department of Health wishes you a safe and healthy summer.

Before venturing out to a beach, we recommend that you call the beach to see if it is open for swimming.   

Helpful Resources:

Board of Health (BOH)

Erie County NY Board of Health (BOH)

Cancer Screening & Education

Cancer Services Program of Erie County

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) is a statewide initiative that provides free breast, cervical, and colon cancer screenings and education to eligible under-insured and un-insured men and women.

Program Contact
Michelle Wysocki, Program Director
Cancer Services Program of Erie County
95 Franklin St., 951
Buffalo, NY 14202
P:(716) 858-2990
F:(716) 858-7964
Michelle.Wysocki@erie.gov

Additional Information

Community Health Fairs

Overview

The Erie County Department of Health collaborates with community organizations to offer health education and screenings at local community gatherings such as health fairs and neighborhood events.

Depending on the venue, health educators and prevention specialists may be available to provide screening for high blood pressure, obesity and sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV).  Additionally, demonstrations and information may be provided regarding smoking cessation, dental health, nutrition and physical activity as well as many other health and wellness topics.

Please contact us about participating in your event. Please note that when necessary, priority is given to events with a large expected turnout. Unfortunately, we may not be able to participate in all events.

Contact

Kelly Asher
95 Franklin St., Room 952
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7685
Fax: (716) 858-7964
E-mail: Kelly.Asher@erie.gov

Community Wellness

New! Wellness Matters Newsletter

Program Overview

Community Wellness is a subdivision of Public Health Services Division in the Erie County Department of Health.  It focuses on health awareness, health education and prevention of chronic disease for the general population. It includes the following programs and projects:

Related Programs

Contact 

Kelly Asher, Community Coalition Coordinator
95 Franklin St., Room 952
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7685
Fax: (716) 858-7964
E-mail: Kelly.Asher@erie.gov

Data & Statistics

Dental Education

Program Overview

A dental hygienist from the Erie County Department of Health is currently collaborating with the Buffalo Public Schools and area charter schools to provide early dental education to all 2nd graders.  Education emphasizes the importance of good dental hygiene for healthy habits lifelong.  Early education and intervention can prevent early life dental caries and other dental disease.  For more information, please call 716-858-6485.

Additional Resources
Contact 

Lisa Milewski, Dental Hygienist
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-6485
Fax: (716) 858-7964
Lisa.Miller-Milewski@erie.gov

 

 

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes AND another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.

Find out more about the symptoms, risk factors, what it means to have prediabetes, and what you can do to prevent or delay diabetes

Resources

Diseases & Conditions (A-Z Index)

Diseases and Conditions Index

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Program Overview

Under the direction of the EMS Division, Medical Emergency Radio System (MERS) Control serves as the County's emergency dispatch center, dispatching ambulances for the City of Buffalo, NYS Thruway and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (B.N.I.A.).

Additionally, MERS Control coordinates the countywide ambulance-to-hospital MERS. MERS Control also acts as the after-hours answering point for the Erie County Department of Emergency Services and the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).

Trainings

Classes & Trainings  

Application

Alerts, Advisories & Recalls
Related Programs
Additional Resources 
Contact Information

Phone: 716.681.6070
Fax: 716.681.5256
24 Hour Dispatch: 716.898.3696  

Environmental Health

About the Division

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Environmental Health Division is dedicated to protecting the citizens and visitors of Erie County from biological, chemical and physical hazards that may be present in the food, water and built environment.  Our sanitarians, engineers, nurses, educators and vector control workers:

Environmental Health Programs and Services include 

Children’s Camps
Food Inspection
Housing and Lodging Inspection
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Public Drinking Water
Public Pools & Spas
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
Septic Systems 
Tattoo/Body Art Establishment Inspection
Tobacco Enforcement
Water Sanitation & Inspection
Wells

Contact

503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Map of Office Location
Phone: (716) 961-6800
Fax: (716) 961-6880
Regular Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
For Emergencies after regular business hours, please call 716-961-7898 

Epidemiology & Disease Control

Erie County Department of Health
Epidemiology/Disease Control Program
95 Franklin Street, Room 978
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7697
Fax: (716) 858-7964

Program Responsibilities 

Reportable Diseases & Forms

Data 

Food Facility Inspection Reports 

Erie County Million Hearts Initiative

Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP)

Program Overview

For over 20 years the Healthy Neighborhoods Program has provided the residents of the City of Buffalo much needed assistance to make their homes free of environmental health and safety hazards. The program is funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and is completely FREE.

Health Inspectors/Educators visit selected neighborhoods "door to door" providing information, products and a home safety survey. In addition, safety inspections of all homes in the neighborhood are conducted to improve the quality of life in each neighborhood.

Home visits include information and a home assessment for
Following the home assessment, intervention products & services are given to each household depending on need and interest. These products include
Referrals

Referrals are made within the ECDOH and interdepartmentally to the Department of Senior Services; as well as to other agencies such as Joan A. Male Family Support Center, the City of Buffalo Mayors Impact Team and Catholic Charities WIC. Finally, if necessary, enforcement activities are initiated and followed through to completion.   

Who Can Participate?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program is available to anyone living in the following zip codes within the City of Buffalo: 14201, 14202, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213 and 14215, 14218 (City of Lackawanna).  Call the ECDOH at 716-961-6800 and ask for a FREE "Healthy Neighborhoods visit".

Additional Resources
Related Programs 
Contact

Healthy Neighborhoods Program
ECDOH Building
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800
Fax: 716-961-6880

 

HIV Partner Service Program

Erie County Department of Health HIV Partner Services Programs

Research demonstrates that prevention counseling can reduce risk for acquiring a new STD.  Effective behavioral interventions can reduce risk behaviors, and HIV positive individuals who are aware of their status have significantly lower transmission risk behaviors than those who are unaware. It has also been demonstrated that Partner Services (PS) conducted by public health professionals are effective at increasing HIV testing and identifying new cases of HIV infection.  Department of health-based notification identifies enough partners to reduce transmission and promote infection control, and more partners are treated through PS than through other strategies.

HIV Partner Services Program

The overall goal of the HIV Partner Services Program is to assist HIV infected individuals and their medical providers in identifying sexual and needle-sharing partners, including spouses and notifying them of their possible exposure to HIV and other STD’S.

Program Contact: 

Michael Chase
Public Health Educator
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716.858.8503
Fax: 716.858.4962
Email: Michael.Chase@erie.gov

Expanded Partner Services Program

This program will use surveillance data to identify HIV positive individuals who are not currently engaged in medical care and/or have no evidence of HIV-related lab work (CD4 or Viral Load) in the past 13-24 months. These individuals will, on average, have much higher viral loads (VL) than individuals engaged in care.  A higher VL is associated with increased HIV infectiousness.  Successful Anti Retro-Viral therapy leads to rapid VL decrease.   Thus, out-of-care individuals and those with high viral loads are important to target for enhanced PS, along with those who may be unaware of their HIV status.  A new STD in an HIV-infected person also signals the likelihood that an HIV-infected person is engaging in behaviors that expose others to HIV.  These individuals will be targeted for enhanced partner services, with the specific objectives of re-engaging them in medical care and notifying and testing/treating partners.  

Program Contact:

Joshua Pisarek
Expanded Partner Services Program/ Sr. DIS
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716.858. 4960
Fax: 716.858.8332
Email: Joshua.Pisarek@erie.gov 

Related Programs & Services

Immunizations

HPV Campaign: Did You Know?
Patient Satisfaction Survey 
Immunization Action Plan (IAP) - Bee Wise…Immunize!   

Program Overview   

Local Resources
Vaccines for Specific Groups
Individual Vaccines
Additional Resources

Vaccination photo

Contact

Karen Menza
Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Immunization Action Plan
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone:(716) 858-2373
Fax:(716) 858-2127
Email: Karen.Menza@erie.gov

Inspections & Food Sanitation Services

The Food Sanitation Services program of the Environmental Health Office maintains a food inspection program of food service establishments, mobile food trucks, temporary food stands and caterers to protect the public's health. The office also provides health education and information on safe food handling practices. For information concerning this program, please call (716) 961-6800. 

Erie County Food Facility Inspections   

Note: Inspections are a "snapshot" in time and are not always reflective of the day-to-day operations and overall conditions of an establishment. Occasionally, remediation may not appear in the reports until the following month due to the timing of the updates. 

New York State Department of Health -- Health Data NY website provides data on all food service inspections throughout the state but NOT in Erie County. Click on the link above "Erie County Food Facility Inspections" to review Erie County data.

Temporary Food Stand Operator Information

To operate a temporary food stand, you must obtain an Erie County Health Permit and conform with the requirements of the State Sanitary Code for Temporary Food Service Establishments Part 14-2. Operation of a frozen dessert machine requires an additional fee of $25.

Please fill out the application and return it along with the proper fee to the address indicated at least five (5) days prior to the event to avoid an additional $40.00 late filing fee.

Your temporary stand is subject to inspection by this Department at any time during its operation to insure compliance with the State Sanitary Code.

Contact Information
503 Kensington Ave
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 961-6800
Fax: (716) 961-6880
For Emergencies after regular business hours: 716- 961-7898
Areas Served: All areas in Erie County, NY
Driving Dircetions 
Printable Map of ECMC Campus (PDF) 

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Welcome to LeadSAFE Erie County, the Erie County Department of Health’s (ECDOH) comprehensive program to prevent lead poisoning. Here, you will find information about lead poisoning and the services available through the ECDOH and our community partners to eliminate lead poisoning.

Lead Poisoning Prevention - What’s New!

On March 27, 2018, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced the release of a comprehensive community action plan to eliminate lead poisoning. For more information read the report here.

Press Releases
Lead Poisoning Prevention in Erie County

Despite significant progress, childhood lead poisoning remains a serious problem in Erie County and throughout New York State. Every year thousands of children under the age of six are diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels in Erie County. Thousands more are exposed to lead hazards in their homes every day.

Conditions that give rise to lead poisoning can be found anywhere in Erie County however they are especially prevalent in neighborhoods that have a high amount of older housing. Nine of the county's zip codes, predominately in the City of Buffalo: 14201, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, and 14215, have been designated by the New York State Department of Health as “Communities of Concern” where children are at exceptionally high risk for lead poisoning. Click here for a map of Communities of Concern.

Lead and Lead Poisoning

Lead is an element found naturally in the earth’s crust that has been mined and used by people for thousands of years. It is useful in manufacturing, surface coatings and glazes, automobile batteries, and a variety of industrial processes. Up until 1978, lead was used in many house paints. Even today, deteriorating lead-based paint in homes can lead to high (and unsafe) concentrations of lead in house dust.

Like iron, calcium and magnesium, lead is a metal. However, unlike those minerals, which are needed by the human body, lead is a poison – even in very small amounts. It can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. Young children, when exposed to high levels of lead in house dust, are particularly vulnerable. Since there is NO medical treatment to permanently reverse the adverse health effects of lead exposure in children, it is critical to focus on prevention. If you live in pre 1978 housing, it is important to safeguard the children in your home or apartment from suffering the damaging effects of lead poisoning, by keeping the home clean and keeping painted surfaces intact.

For more information on how you can protect your family, please contact LEADSAFE Erie County at 716-961-6800 or email us at leadsafe@erie.gov.  You can also visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

LEADSAFE Erie County offers the following programs that support the prevention and elimination of lead poisoning: 
  1. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Responsible for case management of lead poisoned children in Erie County. The program conducts investigations and provides information to the parents of children under the age of 18 that have tested positive for elevated blood lead levels. 
  2. Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program - Provides assistance to families with children under the age of six living in Erie County to reduce exposure of lead hazards and prevent lead poisoning. 
  3. Lead Hazard Control Program (LHC) - Provides FREE or very low cost lead paint remediation and minor home repairs to qualifying properties located in Erie County including the City of Buffalo and the City of Lackawanna. 
Home Renovation, Repair and Painting 

RENOVATE RIGHT! Always work safely around lead!

If you are performing any renovations or repairs on your pre 1978 house or plan on hiring a contractor, then you need to work lead safe!

Learn how to use Lead Safe Work Practices when remodeling, repairing or painting your home.  Every year hundreds of children are diagnosed with lead poisoning due to exposure of lead hazards during home repairs and renovations. 

The Erie County Department of Health offers FREE classes on how to protect yourself and your family from being exposed to lead hazards while doing renovations in pre 1978 homes. Classes are open to the public and are offered monthly. Registration is required.

Class Schedule & Registration: Lead Safe Work Practices Training for Homeowners 

Make sure they are certified in RRP! Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting in pre 1978 housing need to have this certification and must take special precautions around paint that may contain lead. Be sure to ask your contractor about their certification(s). Under strict EPA rules that took effect on April 22, 2010, special certification is required for all home improvement activity in housing built before 1978 and in ANY child occupied facility. This rule, "Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)" is intended to ensure that any activity that disturbs paint in older housing is performed using lead-safe work practices. For more information visit the EPA "RRP" website or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323). 

Additional Resources  
Related Programs  
FAQs  
Contact 

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Environmental Health Division
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800 
Fax: 716-961-6880
Map of Location  
Area Served: Erie County, NY

Locations

95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-858-7690
Directions

Services: Administration, Community WellnessTeen WellnessEpidemiology & Surveillance, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Special Needs  

 

Jesse Nash Health Center
608 William Street
Buffalo NY 14206
716-858-7687
Directions

Service: STDTB, Immunizations, Family Planning ClinicPrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV/AIDSPartner Services ProgramsDisease Intervention ServicesSmoking Cessation Program, Condom Distribution

 

501 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo NY 14214
716-961-7591
Directions

Services: Medical Examiners

 

503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo NY 14214
716-961-6800
Directions

Services: Public Health Laboratories & Environmental Health Programs

 

Erie County Health Mall
1500 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212
Directions

Services: Medical, Dental, Mental Health/Behavioral Health, Addiction Care, Pain Management and more

 

Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.  

For more information go to:

Maternal and Child Health

The Erie County Department of Health offers a variety of programs to promote the health and well-being of women and children. The Department of Health also links residents with other services available throughout the county.

Erie County Department of Health Programs
Local Resources
Other Helpful Resources

Medical Examiner's Office

Tara J. Mahar, MD, Chief Medical Examiner

Katherine F. Maloney, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

Janinne Blank, MBA, RN, Director, Division of Medical Examiner

501 Kensington Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
Telephone: 716.961.7591
Fax: 716.961.7581
Map

Program Description

Types of Reportable Deaths

Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation

Autopsy Report Requests

Internship Information & Application

Office of the Medical Examiner Annual Report 2013

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office to serve the public in a professional, confidential and courteous manner in the medico-legal investigation of deaths in western NY counties, thereby enhancing our understanding of death and dying.  

Our objectives are to work diligently to determine the cause and manner of death of our constituents, and to convey those findings in a timely fashion to families and to such agencies in the health and legal communities that have ongoing concerns related to the deceased and their survivors.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Office of the Medical Examiner is organized into three sections under the Department of Health:  

As mandated by law, the Office of the Medical Examiner is responsible for investigating the death of any person who dies within Erie County as a result of criminal violence, neglect, casualty, suicide, or in any suspicious or unusual manner. Other cases investigated include those involving individuals who die suddenly when in apparent health or those unattended by a physician.

The office also investigates deaths occurring while a person is confined in a public institution other than a hospital, infirmary or nursing home.  Manners of death are classified as natural, accidental, homicide, suicide, or undetermined.   

The Histology laboratory and the Forensic Toxicology laboratory within the Medical Examiner’s Office provide specialized laboratory services in death and DUI, drug facilitated and sexual assault investigations.   

The Medical Examiner's Office generates death certificates as to cause and manner of death. 

The Office also participates in the training programs for:

Revenue enhancing activities are derived through contractual agreements with Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties for forensic autopsy services, and with  Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Jefferson Counties for forensic toxicology assistance.  

TYPES OF REPORTABLE DEATHS

The Office of the Medical Examiner (ECMEO) has jurisdiction over deaths occurring under the following circumstances: 

ORGAN, TISSUE AND EYE DONATION

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office works collaboratively with UNYTS to honor families’ wishes regarding authorization for donation of organs, tissues and eyes from their family member, while maintaining the integrity of the Office's medico-legal responsibilities.

It is with rare exception that the procurement of organs, tissues and eyes is denied by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office. 

For further information on organ and tissue donations, contact UNYTS at 716-853-6667 ext. 5.

AUTOPSY REPORT REQUESTS

The information contained within an autopsy report is confidential and treated as a medical record. 

The final report is available at no charge to the immediate and legal next of kin (spouse, adult child, parent, adult sibling or grandparent) by clicking on the Request for Autopsy Report Form.    

If there is a request for a copy of the report from someone other than those legally entitled (e.g. insurance company or private attorney), the request must be submitted on their letterhead and include a HIPPA form signed by the legal next of kin.  The request must be accompanied by a check for $40.00 (made payable to the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office). 

Autopsy results and reports are NOT given out until the case file is complete.  If the death was suspicious or the autopsy report contains sensitive material that could jeopardize a criminal investigation, there may be an additional delay before it is released.

Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP) & Medication Disposal Sites

Medication Disposal Sites (Legal, Illegal, Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medications Accepted)

If not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter medications pose a hazard to our environment and increases the chances of getting into the hands of children or others who may abuse the drugs.

Residents are encouraged to gather unused, expired, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications and dispose of them properly by using dedicated disposal sites.

These disposal sites offer a free, safe and convenient way of proper disposal. You can go to any of these sites, dispose of the medications, and there are no questions asked. 

Sharps (needles & lancets) Disposal Sites

Through the Erie County Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP), the Erie County Department of Health, along with representatives from the fields of Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, business, sanitation, law enforcement, pharmacy, spiritual, government, medicine and lay persons, created a partnership to safely dispose of used needles, syringes & lancets free of charge.

Disposal is a very convenient and safe way to properly dispose of these items. Disposal kiosks are found in many pharmacies, police agencies, Community Based Organizations and Diabetes Specialty Care locations. 

Find a disposal site location near you.

Syringe Access & Exchange Programs

Persons who are age 18 years or older may legally obtain and possess hypodermic needles & syringes through ESAP without a medical prescription.

Licensed pharmacies, health care facilities, and health care practitioners who can otherwise prescribe hypodermic needles or syringes may register with the New York State Department of Health to sell or furnish up to 10 hypodermic needles or syringes to persons 18 years of age or older.

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is a distribution site for limited free medical supplies, such as syringes, band aids, cotton, alcohol wipes, etc. for Erie County residents.

Click for additional information and distribution sites, or call (716) 858-7695.

New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law

This law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care, or if they witness someone overdosing. Continue reading…

Additional Resources

Program Contact 

Cheryll Moore
Medical Care Administrator
95 Franklin St., Room 911
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7695
Fax: (716) 858-8701
Cheryll.Moore@erie.gov

Nutrition

Local Resources

Helpful Links

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Construction/Repair and Property Transfer Information

Residential New Construction

As of July 1, 2012, if you are in the process of constructing a new home in Erie County that needs to have an onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS), then you must hire a licensed design professional (i.e. a licensed professional engineer, a registered architect, or a licensed land surveyor with an exemption certificate (Section 7208n of New York State Education Law)) to design the appropriate system to serve your residence.  The design professional will create an engineer’s report and plans that must be submitted to the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) along with an Application for a Construction Permit for an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System for Residential or Commercial Lots Prepared by a Design Professional and a $300 fee.  Click here for a list of licensed engineers (a complete list can be found in the phone book). 

Once the application, fee, engineer’s report and plans are received, the project will be reviewed by Erie County Department of Health staff to determine if the plan meets Health Department regulations.  Once it is determined that the plans meet Health Department regulations, the Department will issue a construction permit.  Click here for design guidelines and requirements

If your home is required to have a well installed in order to supply potable water it must be installed by a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation certified well driller.  The well driller must supply you with a well log detailing the installation of the well.  Once the well has been installed and properly disinfected (see Drinking Water information web page for more information) then the Erie County Department of Health must be contacted at 961-6800 to schedule a time for our representative to collect a sample and have it analyzed for bacteria (coliform/E.coli) at the Erie County Public Health Laboratory.  A copy of the well log must be given to your design professional.

If the result of your water sample is positive for total coliform or E.coli then it is recommended that you re-disinfect your well and contact the Erie County Department of Health to resample.  If the second sample is also positive for total coliform or E.coli then you must have an appropriate disinfection system installed on your water system (See well disinfection procedures).  The Erie County Department of Health will inspect the installation of a disinfection system and collect another sample to have analyzed for bacteria.  This must be completed prior to a Completed Works Approval being issued for the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System.

New Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Installation

You are responsible for hiring a contractor to construct your onsite wastewater treatment system per the Erie County Department of Health approved specifications designed by the design professional you hired.  During the construction of your septic system, your design professional will complete one or more inspections to ensure that the system being installed meets the specifications issued.  Based on the inspection(s), the engineer will issue a construction compliance stating that the system was installed per plans.  The construction certification must be submitted to the ECDOH prior to a Completed Works Approval being issued.

A Completed Works Approval will be issued after your design professional submits a construction compliance form to this Department stating the system was installed properly.  If your home is served by a well, then a copy of the well log from a licensed well driller, a bacteria sample result, and documentation of a disinfection system installation (if needed)  must also be submitted.

Residential Repair/Replacement

If your current onsite wastewater treatment system is in need of repair or if your system is in failure and in need of replacement, you must submit an application and $300 fee to the ECDOH.  Once we receive your application and fee, we will make an assessment as to the degree of failure and the required repairs or replacement.  If your system must be replaced the ECDOH will issue specifications for a new septic system.

If your property includes an existing or proposed private well the location must be included with the application.  The sanitarian will complete an inspection of your well during inspection of the construction of the septic system for your property.  The inspection includes determining if your well and onsite wastewater treatment system meet the proper separation distances, construction requirements, and a water sample to ensure that the well meets bacteriological requirements.  The property survey that must be submitted with your application must include the existing or proposed well location.  Prior to this inspection, it is recommended that you disinfect your well (See well disinfection procedures). 

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Installation

You are responsible for hiring a contractor to construct your onsite wastewater treatment system per the specifications issued by the ECDOH.  During the construction of your onsite wastewater treatment system, a public health sanitarian will complete one or more inspections to ensure that the system being installed meets the specifications issued.  A Certificate of Construction Compliance will be issued when construction is satisfactorily completed.

Operation and Maintenance of your Septic System

Now that your new onsite wastewater treatment system has been installed here are some things you can do to protect your system and have it function properly.

For additional information regarding the operation and maintenance of your onsite wastewater treatment system:

Difficult Sites for Repair or Replacement

If your property contains multiple constraints for construction, (i.e. creeks, ravines, extreme slope, lack of drainage, etc.), you may be required to hire a design professional to design an onsite wastewater treatment system for your lot.  In this case, once your engineer has designed a septic system for your property, you must submit the plans to the ECDOH with an Application for a Construction Permit for an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System for Residential or Commercial Lots Prepared by a Design Professional and a $300 fee for review and approval.  If an application and fee were previously submitted to this Department to issue the design for your property, an additional application and fee will not be required.  Click here for a list of design professionals (a complete list can be found in the phone book).

You are responsible for hiring a contractor to construct your onsite wastewater treatment system per the Erie County Department of Health approved specifications designed by the design professional you hired.  During the construction of your septic system, your design professional will complete one or more inspections to ensure that the system being installed meets the specifications issued.  Based on the inspection(s), the engineer will issue a construction compliance stating that the system was installed per plans.  The construction certification must be submitted to the ECDOH prior to a Completed Works Approval being issued.

A Completed Works Approval will be issued after your design professional submits a construction compliance form to this Department stating the system was installed properly.  If your home is served by a well, then a copy of the well log from a licensed well driller, a bacteria sample result, and documentation of a disinfection system installation (if needed)  must also be submitted.

Commercial

All commercial facilities must have a design professional prepare plans for the onsite wastewater treatment system required for the property.  Click here for design guidelines and requirements 

The design plans must be submitted to the ECDOH with the required Application for a Construction Permit for an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System for Residential or Commercial Lots Prepared by a Design Professional and $300 fee for review and approval.  Your design professional is required to complete one or more inspections of the onsite wastewater treatment system as it is being constructed.  Based on the inspection(s), the design professional will issue a construction compliance stating that the system was installed per plans.  The construction compliance must be submitted to the ECDOH prior to a Completed Works Approval being issued.

Peer Navigators

Antonio Estrada
HIV/AIDS Peer Navigator
95 Franklin Street, Room 979
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 858-7629
Antonio.Estrada@erie.gov

Peer navigation is provided for individuals at risk or positive for HIV/AIDS.  Linkage to appropriate services and case management is provided for clients identified in the community through education/outreach events.  Potential clients may call (716) 858-7629 for assistance.

Permits and Applications

Physical Activity

Physical Activity Resources:

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
95 Franklin Street, Room 931
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-858-7101
Fax: 716-858-7121

The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) provides leadership to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from a public health emergency,  caused by either a natural or manmade disaster.  The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness is located in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. We work closely with Emergency Services, other County Departments, Health Care Partners and community agencies.

Our primary responsibilities include:

Integrated Shelter Support:  In the event general population shelters are established in Erie County, the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness works with the American Red Cross Western New York Chapter to coordinate public health services, basic medical care, and functional needs support services. 

Examples of services provided include:

Isolation and Quarantine:  In a public health emergency caused by an infectious disease the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness will coordinate activities that will stop or limit the spread of disease.

Mass Fatality: In a public health emergency that exceeds the community’s ability to manage human fatalities, the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness will coordinate with the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and other community partners to effectively respond.

Mass Vaccination and Mass Prophylaxis:  Certain public health emergencies may require administration of large numbers of vaccine or medication in a short period of time. 

Points of Dispensing (POD):  The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness will coordinate the Erie County Department of Health’s response which may include Points of Dispensing (POD).  POD sites are typically large facilities (universities, colleges, high schools) located throughout the County. Depending on the nature of the medical emergency PODs may have to operate 24 hours a day for several days.  Erie County Department of Health has agreements with numerous locations throughout the County to operate PODs in the event of an emergency.

Medical Surge: Medical Surge is the capability to rapidly expand the capacity of the existing healthcare system (long-term care facilities, community health agencies, acute care facilities, alternate care facilities and public health departments) in order to provide assessment and subsequent medical care.

Strategic National Stockpile Plan: The federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. within 12 hours. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.

Erie County is prepared to receive process and distribute medication, supplies and equipment to Points of Distribution (POD) sites and hospitals throughout the County. 

This website contains critical emergency-related information including instructions and recommended protective actions developed in real-time by emergency service personnel. Concurrent with the posting to this website, that same information will be disseminated through various communications systems (e.g. email, cell phones, and media outlets) to those who sign up.

The information posted here will include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions. Additionally you will find information regarding response actions being taken by local and state agencies and protective actions that you should take to protect you, your family and your property. 

Public Health Engineering

Environmental Health Division
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 961-6800
Fax: (716) 961-6880
Printable Map (PDF)

The Public Health Engineering division is responsible for the regulation of public water supplies and all residential or small commercial private wastewater treatment facilities and for the review and approval of plans for new or replacement water lines, sanitary sewers, private wastewater treatment systems, public swimming pools and realty subdivisions.

Information for Design Professionals

Public Health Laboratory

Apollo LIMS Customer Web Access

Program Overview

The Erie County Public Health (ECPHL) Laboratories has served the residents of Western New York for over six decades and serves as the primary provider of laboratory testing for the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and other local health department's public health and environmental activities. The ECPHL provides rapid test result turn-around time and offers a competitive fee schedule. Customized testing is negotiable and ECPHL staff are available for consultation. Additionally, the laboratory is registered by the Federal Department of Health & Human Services as a CLIA registered laboratory and maintains status as a Reference laboratory in the CDC and NYSDOH coordinated Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism.

The ECPHL provides public health and environmental laboratory services to local health departments, hospitals, medical care providers, managed care organizations, and residents throughout Western New York.

Current New York State clinical laboratory permits exist for the following disciplines:

Current New York State environmental laboratory permits exist for the following disciplines:

Laboratory Testing Information
Related Programs and Information
Contact Us

Erie County Public Health Laboratory
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214
Driving Directions & Map
Phone: (716) 898-6100
Fax: (716) 898-6110
Email: ecphl@erie.gov

ECPHL Staff

Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program

Through enforcement, education and other disease prevention activities, the Rabies Disease & Vector Control Program is responsible for the following public health programs: 

Rabies Prevention

Staff conducts investigations of domestic animal bites & scratches and wildlife encounters between people and/or their pets. 

Rodent Control

Staff responds to service requests regarding rodent infestations for properties that are 4 unit residences or less which are not part of an apartment complex or commercial property. 

Public Health Nuisance Complaints

Public Health Nuisance = whatever is dangerous to human life or detrimental to health.

Staff conducts investigations of complaints such as, but not limited to: properties that have rodent infestations, improperly stored garbage, junk & debris, improper bird and wildlife feeding, dog feces not cleaned up and disposed of properly. These are conditions that create rodent harborage and attract potentially dangerous nuisance wildlife. 

Arbovirus Prevention

Arbovirus = viruses transmitted by bloodsucking arthropods such as ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes.

Staff conducts investigations of complaints such as standing water- improperly maintained swimming pools and other man made containers that hold water and create mosquito harborage. 

Neighbor Notification Law

On January 1, 2008, Erie County Local Law No. 1 of 2007 went into effect. Under this local law, Erie County opted into a State law (The Neighbor Notification Law - Article 33 Title 10 of the Environmental Conservation Law) regarding the sale and use of certain lawn pesticides by:

Additional Information
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FAQs
Contact

Division of Environmental Health
ECDOH Building
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214 
Map of Campus 
Phone: 716-961-6800 (For Emergencies after regular business hours: 716-961-7898)
Fax: 716-961-6880
Area Served: Erie County, NY

Rats - Rodent Control Program

Overview

The Erie County Department of Health operates a Rodent Control Program for Erie County residents and property owners at 1, 2, 3 and 4 unit properties that are not part of an apartment complex or commercial property. The program provides inspection and extermination services for rodents only.

The inspection to determine the cause and extent of a rodent problem and the baiting service (extermination) is provided free of charge, however, the County will ask occupants and property owners to do their part in getting rid of rodents one yard at a time. The County will ask that rodent harborages and food sources on the property be eliminated. 

Rat/Rodent Complaints

An Erie County resident may request baiting service at a home that they own or occupy AND /OR make a complaint about rodent activity on a nearby property. If baiting service is requested, a permission form will need to be signed by the occupant or owner of the property.

Helpful Information
Related Programs
FAQs
Contact 

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800 
Fax: 716-961-6880
Map of Location  
Area Served: Erie County, NY

SMART (Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team)

Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART)

Sanitary Code (Erie County)

The Erie County Sanitary Code consists of laws enforced by the Erie County Board of Health and the Erie County Department of Health to assure the health of Erie County residents and visitors.

Sanitary Code for Erie County (PDF)

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic & Info

Clinic Location

Jesse Nash Health Center
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 858-7687
Directions

Clinic Hours

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Smoking & Tobacco

Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA)

The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act or ATUPA is found in Article 13-F of the NYS Public Health Law which covers regulation of tobacco products and herbal cigarettes and their distribution to minors. Erie County’s ATUPA Program is part of a comprehensive state wide enforcement program designed to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use, and to attempt to prevent tobacco access to youth less than 18 years of age.

The program coordinator maintains an up to date listing of registered and unregistered tobacco retail dealers and vendors (including cigarette vending machines) within the County.  All facilities are visited yearly, by program personnel, to verify that they are properly registered with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to sell tobacco products; that proper signage regarding the sale of tobacco products to minors is conspicuously posted; and that tobacco products are properly and safely stored to prevent access to unauthorized individuals.

Additionally, at least one compliance check per year with underage youth is done at each facility where tobacco products are available for sale, to verify that such products are not being sold to minors.  The City of Buffalo Police Department works with the County to complete these compliance checks.     

New York State law requires the name and address of Retail Tobacco Dealers in violation of Article 13-F be made public.

Clean Air Acts
Complaints
Help To Quit Smoking or Using Tobacco
Resources
Contact

Erie County Department of Health 
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 961-6800 (For Emergencies after regular business hours: 716-961-7898) 
Fax: (716) 961-6880
Map of Office Location

Special Needs/Early Intervention Program

Offices & Services

Special Needs

Substance Use

Resources

PowerPoint Presentations

Opiate Overdose Prevention Program Policy & Procedures Examples

Contact:

Cheryll Moore
Medical Care Administrator
95 Franklin St., Room 911
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: 716.858.7695
Fax: 716.858.8701
Cheryll.Moore@erie.gov

Tattoos & Permanent Make-Up

503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 961-6800
Fax: (716) 961-6880

Areas Served: All areas in Erie County, NY
Printable Map (PDF)

Tattoos are permanent designs, pictures or other markings made on the skin by pricking the skin and staining it with an indelible ink.

Permanent Make-up is a form of tattooing that is also known as micro pigmentation. It is often used as a replacement for traditional temporary make-up, as a means of simulating natural pigmentation following reconstructive surgery or certain medical conditions, or to enhance thin or missing eyebrows.

Regulation of Tattoo/Permanent Make-Up Artists and Shops in Erie County, NY

Article XXII of the Erie County Sanitary Code requires all tattoo artists and shops operating within Erie County to obtain a permit from the Erie County Department of Health. Section XXII also establishes minimum sanitary standards for tattoo artists and shops operating within the County.

The minimum age to obtain a tattoo in Erie County is 18 years of age and the individual must show a valid government issued ID. Minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from receiving a tattoo. It is a misdemeanor under NYS Penal Law Section 260 for anyone to apply a tattoo to a person under the age of 18, with or without parental consent.

How to apply to open a tattoo shop in Erie County, NY:

NOTE: Tattoo shops may only operate at fixed locations, and are not allowed in private residences.  No mobile tattoo shops or shops operating at temporary locations are permitted at this time.

1.  Submit the following items to the ECDOH, 503 Kensington Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214

2. Familiarize yourself with Article XXII of the Erie County Sanitary Code.

3. Check with your local municipality regarding appropriate zoning laws and other required municipal licenses and permits.

How to apply to operate as a Tattoo Artist in Erie County:

NOTE: Tattoo artists may only perform tattooing in a tattoo shop currently under permit with the ECDOH.

Tattooing in private homes or other locations is prohibited. Artists must hold a separate artist certificate for each shop where they perform tattooing.  Artist certificates are non-transferable between shops.

1.  Submit the following items to the ECDOH, 503 Kensington Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214

2. Familiarize yourself with Article XXII of the Erie County Sanitary Code.

3. Pass a test, which will be administered by the ECDOH, on code requirements and hygienic practices.

4. Be aware that most tattoo shop operators will require you to perform an apprenticeship period before they will allow you to conduct tattooing in their shop. This is not required by the ECDOH, but is up to the discretion of the shop operator.

Helpful Resources

Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program

What is Tuberculosis (TB) 

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease that usually attacks the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, 2 TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. For more information see TB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program Overview

The Tuberculosis (TB) Control program provides evaluation and treatment for all active tuberculosis cases, and follow-up evaluation and testing for their contacts. The program provides preventive treatment for positive tuberculin reactors when required. Tuberculin testing and/or chest x-rays are also available. TB skin testing is available on a walk in basis but all other services by appointment only. 

Clinic Location

Jesse Nash Health Center
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 858-7687
Directions

Clinic Hours
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Patient Satisfaction Survey
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Vector Information (rodents, mosquitoes, ticks, etc)

What is a Vector?  
A vector is an organism that transmits disease by conveying pathogens from one host to another, serving as a route of transmission.

Note: Bed bug, cockroach or other insect infestations are not a disease vector!  

Related Programs 
Additional Information
FAQs
Contact 

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-961-6800 (For Emergencies after regular business hours: 716-961-7898)
Fax: 716-961-6880
Map of Campus (PDF)
Area Served: Erie County, NY

WNY Stress Reduction Program

WNY Stress Reduction Program Link