Submitted by Oswego County
OSWEGO COUNTY â€“ New York Stateâ€™s Public Health Works! Honor Roll recently added three local healthcare workers to its roster. Diane Oldenburg, Eliza St. Onge and Angela Cimilluca are all public health educators with the Oswego County Health Department.
â€œWhen the H1N1 influenza virus first appeared, this team played a pivotal role in implementing the countyâ€™s Pandemic Influenza Response Plan,â€ said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Director of Public Health. â€œDiane took the lead in implementing and monitoring disease surveillance and early event detection systems. She worked closely with the countyâ€™s nine school districts to ensure they were reporting daily surveillance data.â€
Dr. Norfleet continued, â€œEliza coordinated and implemented the H1N1 clinics. She assisted in organizing and training staff and volunteers and was responsible for logistics and resource allocation. Eliza worked with IT and contract staff to maintain the Clinic Data Management System and to ensure that vaccination campaigns were run in each school district. Angela collected, tracked, analyzed and disseminated information for the whole team, worked with media outlets and developed a Facebook page for our health department.â€
The Public Health Works! Honor Roll recognizes the local public health workforce as an essential component of Commissioner of Health Richard F. Dainesâ€™ public health agenda to make New York one of the healthiest states in the nation. New York State relies on its local health departments to promote, protect and improve the health of its citizens.
This recognition goes to outstanding healthcare workers that administer essential services to keep residents healthy. Past recipients include Oswego County associate public health sanitarians Evan Walsh and Natalie Roy.
If you have any questions about immunizations or would like more information about healthy living, call your healthcare provider or the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.