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Registered Nurses at TCHD’s Community Health Services celebrate National Nurses Week!

Communicable Disease Control

Community Health Nurses investigate all reportable diseases to identify contacts and to educate individuals regarding disease transmission and prevention. Free anonymous rapid HIV testing and counseling are offered on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Call 607-274-6604 for more information.

    Fact sheets from the New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control on Sexually Transmitted Diseases are available to view or down load. Visit our STD home page for local listings of testing centers. Community Health Nurses are also available to answer your questions. For more information call 607-274-6604. Please note that HIV testing services have been suspended due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • Tick-Borne Diseases
    Learn how to avoid ticks and prevent tick-borne diseases. Follow the above link for the latest in safe tick removal as well as initiatives for education and prevention against tick-borne diseases.


Routine childhood and some adult vaccines are offered by appointment. Check our Immunizations home page for the latest school requirements and most up to date CDC recommendations. We offer seasonal flu vaccinations by appointment. Call the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6604 for availability.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The New York State Department of Health supports the lead poisoning prevention activities of all local health departments. These local programs find and reduce sources of lead before they can harm children. At Tompkins County Health Department, we partner with Environmental Health to perform home visits for all children in Tompkins County with elevated venous blood lead levels and provide education to the public about lead poisoning prevention. For more information follow our link or call 607-274-6604.

MOMS (Medicaid Obstetric and Maternal Services)

MOMS is a Medicaid eligible program promoting the birth of healthy babies to pregnant women living in Tompkins County. Our program provides health insurance, early prenatal care and education to income eligible pregnant women. Community Health Nurses provide home visits to women during their pregnancy and after delivery for health assessments, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and much more. Call 607-274-6604 for more information.

Rabies Prevention and Treatment

Rabies Post Exposure treatment is provided at the Tompkins County Health Department to individuals, identified by Environmental Health staff, as having been exposed to know rabid or potentially rabid animals. The first in the series of post exposure vaccines is given at the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department or Convenient Care. A Community Health Nurse on staff at the Health Department will administer the remaining vaccines by appointment. For more information on pet exposure, click here or call 607-274-6604.


SafeCare is an evidence-based, parent-training program for parents of children ages 0–5 who are at risk for, or have been reported for, child neglect or physical abuse. SafeCare providers work with families in their homes to improve parents' skills in three areas: parent-child interaction, child health and home safety. The program is conducted in weekly home visits for about 18 weeks. TCHD is a SafeCare Accredited Agency. For more information, click here or call 607-274-6604.