Commissioner's Corner Archives - 2011

Department of Health
Kari Reiber, MD, Acting Commissioner

2011 Commissioner's Corner Articles (Poughkeepsie Journal's Healthy Living Section)


December 11, 2011 -  We must all work together to stop domestic violence (.pdf)

Addressing the challenge of domestic violence takes a dedicated response on every level. With its pervasiveness and complexities, we may feel that addressing domestic violence is an insurmountable task. But as we know - We “never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens
can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)   Below are a few resources for domestic violence victims and for those willing to make a difference in our community.

Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support brochure -

Grace Smith House   845-471-3033

Battered Women’s Services   845-485-5550

Family Services   845-452-1110

Rape Crisis Hotline   845-452-7272

NYS Domestic Violence Hotline   800-942-6906   (Spanish 800-942-6908)

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence    800-537-2238

HELPGUIDE.ORG - Their goal is to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices.

Battered Women's Justice Project - National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women   800-903-0111


November 13, 2011 - Eating Healthy During the Holidays (.pdf)

US Department of Agriculture's MyPlate program is designed to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.  Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.

Let's Move! -

American Diabetes Association -

National Diabetes Education Program - NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations working together to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.  -


October 9, 2011 - Affordable-Care Act transforms system from 'sick care' to 'health care' (.pdf)

Ensuring and enhancing access to quality healthcare is a major goal for our county. Dutchess County has been working on local healthcare access issues for several years. In this month's article, you will find out more about our nation's Heatlh Care Law. In addition, you will also find information on our Prescription Discount Card and Dutchess Dental Plan along with other options for the uninsured and underinsured at

Be sure to re-visit my Commissioner’s Corner page - - for additional information about the new Health Care Law as well as information from previous columns.

Additional Health Care Law Resources:


September 11, 2011 How we've prepared better since Sept. 11 (.pdf)

Dutchess County MRC

Dr. Caldwell's Testimony on behalf of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY AND CITY HEALTH OFFICIALS before the Committee on Governmental Affairs - United States Senate.  Hearing on “The Local Role in Homeland Security” - December 11, 2001 -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Preparedness and Response -

Centers for Disease Cotrol and Prevention's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response -

Homeland Security -

US Department of Health & Human Services - Public Health Emergency -

FEMA - Ready.Gov   Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.  Tips for how you can prepare yourself, family, home, school, work, and community. -

Flooding & Hurricane Recovery Information - Visit our Homepage at


August 14, 2011 - Dutchess Rail Trail Delights AND Promotes Fitness (.pdf)

Dutchess County Rail Trails -

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy -


July 10, 2011 - Our water supply has variety of elements (.pdf)

Private Well Water Information:

Well Information (testing, contamination) / How to disinfect a well

Safe Drinking Water - What you need to know and what you can do

Cornell University’s Water Quality Information for Consumers -

Public Water Systems Information:

Fast Facts -

  • Of the approximately 155,693 public water systems in the United States, 52,110 (33.5%) are community systems and 103,583 (66.5%) are non-community systems, including 84,744 transient systems and 18,839 non-transient systems.
  • Over 286 million Americans get their tap water from a community water system.
  • 8% of U.S. community water systems provide water to 82% of the U.S. population through large municipal water systems.
  • Although the majority of community water systems (78%) are supplied by ground water, more people (68%) are supplied year-round by community water systems that use surface water.

The EPA is responsible for the nation's drinking water regulation. To learn more, visit the EPA's Public Drinking Water Systemspage at:  - or for more information go to:

Cornell University’s Water Quality Information for Consumers -


June 12, 2011 - Safety Tips Could Prevent Drowning Deaths (.pdf)




A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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