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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.