2018 Annual Report

Every year, the Mount Olive Township Health Department creates a report on the highlights from the previous year's accomplishments and data.

Some of 2018's highlights are:

Administration

  • Served as a resource to Town government by translating for deaf residents.
  • Distributed gifts to 50 children of 24 families for holiday gift program.
  • Distributed over 60 donated gift cards to needy individuals.
  • Promoted Public Health as a career choice by hosting three interns from local colleges.
  • Created the Mt. Olive Health Improvement Coalition to begin work on a community health needs assessment and improvement plan.

Animal Control

  • Investigated 13 cruelty allegations with 11 resulting in direct action, including one indictment.
  • Investigated over 50 animal bite cases, referring nine individuals for emergency post exposure treatment.
  • Held two free rabies clinics, vaccinating over 400 pets.
  • Took possession of a new animal control van.

Environmental Health

  • Educated public pool operators / owners on changes to State bathing code.
  • Initiated protocol for surveillance and response to harmful algae blooms on Budd Lake.
  • Hired a new Registered Environmental Health Specialist to fill the vacancy left by our retiring Chief Environmental Health Specialist of 39 years.
  • Advised State Health Department on changes to the retail food establishment regulations.

Nursing

  • Investigated over 230 reports of potential infectious diseases to prevent their spread in the community.
  • Over 400 residents benefited from free and low-cost clinics and health screenings.
  • Administered 577 influenza vaccinations.
  • Investigated three incidents of measles exposures on travelers from flights into Newark International Airport.

Health Education

  • Participated in monthly "Local Lives" radio segment on WRNJ Radio. Each live segment featured the health topic of the month, including sun safety, nutrition, and Lyme disease.
  • Created monthly health education posters that were posted in public locations around the Township.
  • Conducted key informant interviews and focus groups with township residents to understand the health needs of Mount Olive.

Senior Transportation

  • More than doubled the number of medical transports for seniors compared to 2016.
  • 58 new seniors signed up for transportation services.
  • Applied for NJ Transit grant for $100,000 in operating capital and a new handicap accessible van.
  • Hosted the 42nd annual Township Senior Picnic.

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