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National Public Health Week Celebrated by HCPHNS!!

Come and join us for any number of the activities scheduled for National Public Health Week! Let's help Hamilton County be a healthier place!

April 7th Wells Community WalkStart at Wells Community Hall 5:45pm
 Screening of The Weight of the NationIndian Lake Library7-9pm
April 8thCommunity Food Tasting and SamplingPublic Health in Indian Lake11am - 1pm
 Speculator Community WalkStart at Lake Pleasant Central School5:45pm
April 9thMommy and Me Exercise ClassInlet Town Hall1:00-1:30pm
 Seniors Exercise ClassInlet Town Hall2:00-2:30pm
April 10thMommy and Me Exercise ClassWells Community Hall6:30-7:00 pm
 Stretching/Yoga ClassWells Community Hall7:00-7:30pm
 Long Lake Community WalkStart at Long Lake Library5:45pm
April 11thScreening of The Weight of the NationLake Pleasant Library7-9pm
 Indian Lake Community WalkStart at Public Health5:45pm

Community Walks:

                Enjoy some fresh spring air as you get your body moving in a short round trip walk with friends, family, or neighbors. All walks will begin at the location noted above. Please remember to wear light colored or reflective clothing and appropriate walking shoes. This is not a race so you can complete at your own pace. Please note that walks will be cancelled if the temperature is below 30 degrees or there is moderate precipitation.

Screening of The Weight of the Nation:

                Join HCPHNS staff in a screening of a portion of the HBO documentary film. Insightful and telling documentary about the obesity epidemic in The United States. Join us for all or a portion! Head home with some healthy recipes to try and a better knowledge of how you can help America win by losing (pounds)!

  Community Food Tasting and Sampling:

                Come sample and take home some yummy goodies prepared by the staff at HCPHNS. Sample healthy brownies or try one of the many healthy spins on old favorites! Go home with new recipes too!

 Mommy and Me Exercise Class:

                Join our staff Physical Therapist, Erica Mahoney, for a ½ hour long class designed for moms with children under a year.  Learn how to develop health exercise habits for you and your little one.  Bring your baby and get in shape!

Seniors Exercise Class:

                Physical Therapist, Erica Mahoney, will help seniors learn how to do safe and effective strength training exercise in their own homes. Use common household items or simple routine moves to strengthen your core and body for a healthy you!

 Stretching/Yoga Class:

                Stretch. Ever feel like you aren’t as flexible as you once were? Join Erica Mahoney, Physical Therapist, for a class on stretching and staying flexible to keep your body limber and pain free.


 Announcing the First Annual Spring Photo Contest:

HCPHNS is holding its first Annual Spring Photo Contest!

Submit your favorite spring photo/s - taken by you - to HCPHNS by April 22, 2014.

Photos will be judged by HCPHNS staff. Prizes will be awared for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The winning photos will also be featured on our website, Facebook page, and in various newsletters for the month of May!

Send photos to Daryl Parslow at or message us via Facebook. Photos can also be mailed to PO box 250, Indian Lake, New York 12842.  Please include contact information with your photo!


FREE Rabies Clinics

 For a schedule of Free Rabies Clinics throughout Hamilton County see What's New to the right or click here.


Wonderful Opportunity: Work in Hamilton County:

There is an opportunity to work as an Contracted Home Health Medical Social Worker!

Job description is below.

Please contact Beth Ryan at or (518) 648-6141.

 Contracted Medical Social Worker

  • Instruct, treat, observe and evaluate patients exhibiting significant social and emotional problems affecting their health status.

  • Participate in the development and periodic re-evaluation of the physicians Plan of Treatment.

  • Instruct and counsel patients and families in treating and coping with social and emotional response connected with the illness.

  • Regularly assess the patient and family psychosocial needs.

  • Regularly assess the pre-bereavement/anticipatory grief needs.

  • Implement the Plan of Care provisions to meet their needs, which include: social service goals for alleviating problems, supportive counseling, problem solving, community referrals, etc

  • Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Minimum of one year social work experience in a healthcare setting or social services agency

  • Current Social Worker license

  • Home Health experience a plus

  • Knowledge of and ability to obtain community resources (information and referral, state/federal financial programs and eligibility requirements, etc.).

  • Strong organizational and communication skills


 Message from the Director:

Welcome to the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (HCPHNS)! Our mission is to provide preventative and restorative health services to the residents and guests of Hamilton County.

HCPHNS is governed and financially supported by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors in cooperation with, and under the regulation of, the New York State Department of Health.

We hope that this website will contain information you need to be healthy while living in our rural Adirondack communities. Use the website to:

  • Access information about health topics
  • Learn how to improve your health
  • Find services provided by our department

Please click here to let us know of any suggestions you may have to improve the information we have provided.

Susan Franko MPH, Director of Public Health

139 White Birch Lane, Indian Lake, New York 12842

(518) 648-6497




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Contact Information:


  • P.O. Box 250
    139 White Birch Lane
    Indian Lake, NY 12842
  • Office Hours:
    M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
  • 518-648-6141