WAYNE, NJ - Dr. Charlene Gungil, Director & Health Officer of the Passaic County Department of Health Services, discusses the importance of local health departments throughout New Jersey, as well as the essential resources and services they provide to the public.

“There is a lot out there,” Gungil continued. “But you have to use it. We can put all of the pieces in place, but we need you, the viewer, the listener, to come and avail yourself of our services.”

“Every single municipality is required to have a health department,” explained Gungil. “Contact your health department--go to their website, call in. We’ll get you whatever information you need. If we can’t give you the information, give you the screening, give you the treatment, we could match you with resources in the community.”

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“In public health, we look at prevention in three ways--we have primary, secondary and tertiary prevention,” said Gungil. “We promote health education, we want people to learn, to understand, to take care of themselves from the beginning, but we do know that may not always happen, so we work with them at any stage of their illness to try to help them to become well.”

The Passaic County Department of Health and Board of Chosen Freeholders and Susan G. Komen of North Jersey presented the annual Women's Wellness Expo at the Passaic County Technical Institute on September 29, 2018.

Video by: East Main Media

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