Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

April 2, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

BY 2030

Changing our Future Together

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the start of National Public Health Week, April 2 – April 8, sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The theme, "Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing our Future Together," raises awareness of how we can work together and partner across public and private organizations to create healthier people, families, communities and, eventually, the healthiest nation.

The week celebrates public health successes and provides opportunities for people to take action toward a healthier life and community. Join the Health Department and the APHA in celebrating National Public Health Week and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation:

The Rockland County Department of Health helps to lay the foundation that puts healthy choices within reach, through research, data collection, health education, policy change, direct services, and working with community partners to put policies and practices into place to build a safe and healthy community. As public health professionals, we play a critical role in ensuring that the public receives reliable, accurate information that will help them make informed decisions about their health. We work to communicate to our residents in easy-to-understand language with both our written and verbal information, and to give clear, actionable health information.

Rockland County recently ranked #1 in New York State for healthy living in the annual County Health Rankings, up from 2nd in 2017. The rankings are issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. "Since 2013, Rockland County has been ranked one of the top three counties in New York State for overall health, and twice has ranked first. This is a tribute to all the wonderful work done by our Health Department staff, as well as to our successful partnerships with community and faith organizations, health care providers, schools, worksites, and municipalities," said Dr. Ruppert. The full report can be viewed online at

"I'm proud of the Health Department's expertise and commitment to making Rockland a healthier county for all. I encourage our residents to take advantage of the many programs and services that our Health Department offers," said County Executive Day.

For example, the Health Department monitors the water we drink, the air we breathe, the restaurants we dine at, the community pools we swim in, and the summer camps our children attend. Public health laws mandate immunizations, seat belts and car seats, and other preventive measures. The Health Department provides information on preventing diseases, managing our illnesses, and where to go for help, and helps to control diseases like rabies, tuberculosis (TB), flu, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. The Health Department works with community partners to put policies and practices into place to build a safe and healthy community through several community-based grants including Creating Healthy Schools and Communities and Local IMPACT (both aiming to create healthier communities and reduce obesity and diabetes), Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities, and Healthy Neighborhoods.

Creating the healthiest nation, and county, is also up to each one of us. We need to make the choices that improve our own health and support efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in our community. Visit for more information about National Public Health Week.