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About Tompkins County Whole Health

Welcome To Tompkins County Whole Health

TOMPKINS County Health Department and Mental Health Department have integrated to become Tompkins County Whole Health.

In 2019, Tompkins County Public Health and Mental Health began the process of merging, a decision that was both strategic and meaningful. The integration combines Public Health and Mental Health under shared leadership and administration, as well as a shared mission and shared values. Cross functional teams have been working collaboratively to launch a re-brand, integrate services and processes, and engage staff in the process.

Now, as of January 4, 2023, TCWH has officially launched, with unified services, shared values, and a new name and logo. 

As a resident of Tompkins County, you can continue to expect offerings and programs to improve your wellbeing. We provide a variety of services to support children and youth, adults, households and communities, and businesses. Whole Health supports the needs of the whole person, blending physical, mental and environmental health. We look forward to working with you.

  —  Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director & Mental Health Commissioner


Mission  

Our mission is to build a healthy, equitable community in Tompkins County by addressing the root causes of health disparities and integrating mental, physical and environmental health.


Vision  

We envision a future where every person in Tompkins County can achieve wellness.


Intent  

An integrated and empowered team, advancing a collaborative effort to promote prevention and equitably improve individual and population health.



Priorities

Culture. Align the organization around our shared Mission and Values-Based Culture to create an empowered, engaged, and cohesive team.  

Integration. Merge the department structures to become one organization and increase our ability to better serve our clients and community.

Services. Coordinate our services and capabilities to support the whole person and integrate prevention techniques to holistically improve health outcomes.

Community. Strengthen the collaborative effort within Tompkins County to equitably impact individual and population health.

Data. Review and establish effective data collection to measure programmatic, organizational and county progress against our priorities.


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Values-Based Culture


LEARNING

Because we value learning…

  1. We respectfully and constructively speak up and share our ideas. We encourage others to do the same. 
  2. We listen when others speak and seek to understand their unique perspective. We respect differing ideas with an open mind to find the best outcomes.
  3. We take risks, try new ways of working, and we use mistakes as learning opportunities.


INNOVATION

Because we value innovation…

  1. We encourage creativity and welcome alternative points of view to create a safe space for innovation.
  2. We take initiative and actively participate in finding solutions to improve our workplace.
  3. We seek out opportunities to expand our impact and improve health outcomes for our clients and community.  


COLLABORATION

Because we value collaboration…

  1. We seek out and explore opportunities to work with others, including internal co-workers and external stakeholders.
  2. We draw on the experience and expertise within our organization and break down organizational silos to provide the best services to our clients and community.
  3. We thoughtfully and intentionally share information or expertise to have the biggest impact across our organization and community.
  4. We work with existing and new partners to engage populations we have difficulty reaching.


COMPASSION

Because we value compassion…

  1. We are compassionate and embrace diversity of lived experiences with an open-mind and without judgement.  
  2. We treat each other, our clients, and community members with dignity and respect.
  3. We prioritize the safety of colleagues, clients and our community members.
  4. We are responsible and accountable for our own self-care so that we are ready and able to care for others. We are supportive of each other.


INTEGRITY

Because we value integrity…

  1. We give our best, strive for excellence, and assume the best of others.
  2. We are dependable and keep our commitments to each other and the community.

Frank
Frank Kruppa, Commissioner of Mental Health, Public Health Director

Harmony
Harmony Ayers-Friedlander, Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health

Brenda Grinnell Crosby, Deputy Director of Public Health

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