Epidemiology

We study the patterns of health behaviors and illness at the population level, and work to prevent negative outcomes in Rockland residents by:

  • Monitoring the trends of communicable and chronic diseases in the county
  • Collecting community-wide health surveillance data with a special emphasis on schools, hospitals and other congregate settings
  • Investigating disease outbreaks and recommending strategies to minimize illness
  • Supporting joint health improvement efforts across county departments, community-based organizations, service providers, and other engaged agencies

Rockland County Community Health Assessment 2019-2021 was developed in collaboration with the local hospitals (Good Samaritan Hospital & Montefiore Nyack Hospital) and with the other six Mid-Hudson counties (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester) as part of a new regional approach to identifying and addressing broad health concerns.

Rockland County Community Health Improvement Plan 2019-2021 The Department of Health performed data analysis with community partners during 2019 in order to prioritize, support, and track prevention efforts being implemented in Rockland.  This document outlines the work planned through 2021 in the 2 main priority areas chosen during the improvement planning process:  Prevent Chronic Disease, and Promote Well-Being and Prevent Mental and Substance Use Disorder.