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Mission of the Youngstown City Health District

Our mission is to protect and improve the public health of the local community.

Here at the Youngstown City Health District, we are committed to enable all of the citizens of Youngstown and its surrounding areas which we serve, to engage in healthful and preventive behaviors.

We will strive to achieve and sustain optimal levels of physical and environmental health which will be accomplished by our highly motivated staff. Our staff will responsibly maximize our resources to provide ongoing education, and the development and coordination of programs which are sensitive to the people and the needs of the public.


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Take Precaution Against Cold Weather

Keeping your families & your neighbors safe in extreme temperatures. Be Prepared! 

Check on your neighbor:

• Ohioans are urged to check on their neighbors as temperatures across much of the state are expected to dip into the negative double-digits. Ohioans should get in touch with friends, family and loved ones, and help spread the word about how to stay safe in the extreme cold.

• Learn how to best help older Ohioans in your neighborhood with these tips from the Ohio Department of Aging.


Follow these important steps to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors:

• Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.

• Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.

• Never leave lit candles unattended.

• Keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

• Check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather.

• Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.

• Eat well-balanced meals to help you stay warmer


If you must go outside:

• Dress warmly and stay dry.

• Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens.

• Avoid frostbite.

• If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.

• Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.

• Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.

• Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.

• If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.


Be cautious about travel:

• Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

• Do not travel in low visibility conditions.

• Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.

• If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.

• If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to

   notify authorities if you are late.

• Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.

• Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may occur.

• Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.

• Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.



10 Elements of Healthy Communities

What does it take to create and maintain a healthy community? According to the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care systems must perfor ten essential elements in order to create and maintain health communities. 
1. Conducting community diagnosis
2. Preventing and controlling epidemics
3. Providing a safe and healthy environment
4. Measuring performance, effectiveness and outcomes of health services
5. Promoting healthy lifestyles
6. Laboratory testing
7. Providing target outreach and forming partnerships
8. Providing personal health care services
9. Research and innovation
10. Mobilizing the community for action

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Influenza Facts

  • An estimated 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older.
  • People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults so it is recommended that older adults get their flu shot.
  • Pregnant women should get a flu vaccine to protect not only themselves, but their baby, too.
  • Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
  • You should be vacccinated if you have the following medical conditios: asthma, neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney or liver disorders, diabetes, metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems, or are morbily obese.
  • The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines: the flu shot and a nasal spray flu vaccine.
  • The CDC recommends that all children between the ages 6 months and 19 years get a flu vaccine.
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