Health dept. awarded $14,515

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Public Health Department has been awarded a “performance incentive” payment of $14,515 by the state.

On the recommendation of county Public Health Director Laurel Headwell, the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee recently accepted the incentive from the state Department of Health. The full board will finalize acceptance Monday.

Caroga Supervisor Scott Horton commended Headwell and the Public Health Department.

“It’s obvious with the 100 percent score, you have done something very, very well,” he said.

Headwell explained her department was awarded a DOH 2020 Local Health Department Performance Incentive Initiative focused on expedited partner therapy for the treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis infection. She said her department received a perfect score of 100 percent in the performance period and will receive a $14,515 award.

The award must be used to support costs associated with eligible services. Headwell proposed funds be used for an advertising/media campaign and educational item/giveaways.

In other Public Health Department business:

∫ Headwell reported on Fulton County COVID-19 data as of June 28: 115,557 tested; 4,427 tested positive; six active cases; hospitalization — zero; 4,359 COVID cases recovered; 120 deaths.

∫ The committee approved a proposed resolution for the board Monday that authorizes the use of AH1 North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments Program funds by the health department.

“We’re looking to use a portion of the funds to promote COVID vaccination advertising,” Headwell said.

She requested separate 2021 budget amendments of $4,216 and $864. She wants to purchase billboard advertising, purchase 2022 drug handbooks for county staff, obtain maternal child health guides for breastfeeding, and air an 80-minute movie regarding Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at the Ozoner-29 Drive-in in Broadalbin to promote HPV vaccines to individuals in the community.

∫ Supervisors also supported a resolution to accept Emergency Preparedness Grant funds of $50,099 from the state Department of Health. The funds are for the annual grant year of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Headwell said appropriations and revenues will be submitted in the 2022 county budget.

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