2012 Allegheny County Health Department Services & Programs



2012 Allegheny County Health Department Services & Programs
Allegheny County
Health Department
Services & Programs
Allegheny County Health Department
Ronald Voorhees, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Director
Board of Health
Lee Harrison, M.D.
William Youngblood,
Vice Chair
Donald S. Burke, M.D.
Joan Cleary, R.N.
Anthony Ferraro
Kotayya Kondaveeti, M.D.
Joylette L. Portlock, Ph.D.
Edith Shapira, M.D.
Ellen C. Stewart, M.D.
Ronald Voorhees, M.D., M.P.H.,
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................ i
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR ........................................................................................... 1
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES ............................................................ 2
AIR QUALITY PROGRAM ................................................................................................ 4
AMERICORPS/PITTSBURGH HEALTH CORPS PROGRAM ....................................... 6
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM ....................................... 7
CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM ............................................................ 8
DENTAL PROGRAM ...................................................................................................... 10
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE .................................................... 12
FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM ........................................................................................... 14
HIV AND AIDS PROGRAM ............................................................................................ 16
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT ........................................................... 18
INFECTIOUS DISEASES PROGRAM ........................................................................... 20
INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM ............................................................................... 22
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM ........................................................... 23
PLUMBING SECTION .................................................................................................... 26
PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SECTION......................................................................... 28
RECYCLING SECTION .................................................................................................. 30
SOLID WASTE SECTION .............................................................................................. 33
TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAM AND CLINIC .................................................................. 34
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL SECTION ................................................................. 35
WIC PROGRAM .............................................................................................................. 37
AFFILIATED NON-PROFIT ............................................................................................ 41
ACHD OFFICE LOCATIONS MAP ................................................................................ 42
―Health can be defined negatively, as the absence of illness, functionally, as the ability to
cope with everyday activities, or positively, as fitness and well-being. It has also been noted
that in the modern world, health still has a moral dimension.‖
Mildred Blaxter (1990), Health and lifestyles. London (Routledge)
The Allegheny County Health Department’s mission is ―
To assure quality public health services by
promoting individual and community wellness; preventing injury, illness, and premature death or
disability; and protecting the population from harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical
hazards within the environment.‖ The Department carries out this mission in Human and
Environmental Health by providing three public health core functions and ten essential services.
All of our programs, in general, monitor the health status in Allegheny County to identify and solve
health problems through community health profiles and vital statistics. The Epidemiology and
Biostatistics section and Public Health Laboratory investigate and diagnose health problems in the
Policy Development
The daily operations in our programs help inform, educate, and empower people about emerging
health issues. Specifically, Public Information, Chronic Disease Control, Housing & Community
Environment, Maternal & Child Health, and the Women, Infant & Children Supplemental Nutrition
Program place great emphasis on these services. Broad-based advisory committees in Air
Quality, STD/AIDS, Emergency Response, and the Pittsburgh Health Corps convene and facilitate
community groups to identify and solve health problems. Our Board of Health and Department
Director develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts. These
efforts take the form of leadership development and health system planning.
Environmental Quality, Infectious Disease, and Legal sections enforce laws and regulations that
protect public health and ensure safety. Our Human Health programs link people to needed
personal health services and ensure that health care is provided, when it is otherwise unavailable.
The Training Office and Emergency Response staff, through education and training, assures that
we have a competent public and personal health care workforce. The Director’s Office, through
continuous monitoring of our programs, evaluates the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of
personal- and population-based health services. Our Epidemiology and Biostatistics program has
linked with the University of Pittsburgh to conduct epidemiological research for new insights and
innovative solutions to public and environmental health problems. To learn more about us, please
read about the following Programs & Services for 2012.
RONALD E. VOORHEES, M.D., M.P.H. (Acting Director)
PHONE: (412) 578-8008
FAX: (412) 578-8325
PHONE: (412) 578-8320
FAX: (412) 578-8325
Provides legal services and advice to the Director and the Board of Health.
TELEPHONE CENTER: (412) 687-ACHD (2243)
PHONE: (412) 578-8004
FAX: (412) 578-8325
 MEDIA RELATIONS - Manages communications with print, broadcast and electronic
media to publicize and promote the programs, services and activities of the Health
 COMMUNITY RELATIONS - Educates the public and community groups by providing
information about public health and environmental health topics.
 TELEPHONE CENTER - Provides the public with information about programs and services
offered by the Health Department. Processes complaints from citizens regarding
environmental and public health problems.
PHONE: (412) 578-8005
FAX: (412) 578-8325
PHONE: (412) 578-8074
FAX: (412) 578-8325
Each person who is issued a notice of violation by the Department is entitled to appeal the
notice to the Director. The Director appoints an Administrative Hearing Officer to adjudicate
these appeals as provided in the Department’s Rules and Regulations.
PHONE: (412) 578-8005
FAX: (412) 578-8325
The Budget, Fiscal and Facilities unit is responsible for preparing and monitoring the budget;
processing purchase orders, vouchers, permit applications; and collecting permit fees and civil
PHONE: (412) 578-8016
FAX: (412) 578-8325
Human Resource Management (HRM) administers the Civil Service Code of the Department. It
also assures all vacancies are filled with qualified candidates and administers all other written
and oral examinations for the Department. All reports required by the Federal and/or State
government are prepared and submitted by HRM. HRM oversees all Department disciplinary
actions, grievance procedures, and collective bargaining agreements implementation.
PHONE: 412-578-8066
FAX: 412-578-8025
The Office of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (OEB) collects and analyzes health data in order
to determine and help reduce the causes of disease. OEB maintains birth and death statistics
for the county. OEB tracks infectious disease outbreaks and determines ways to control them.
OEB also collects and analyzes data on other conditions such as cancer, infant mortality and
chronic diseases in order to support efforts to reduce causes of ill-health. OEB informs the
general population about health conditions and responds to requests for data and reports.
These activities help develop and improve ACHD’s efforts to prevent disease and promote
 DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS – OEB maintains resident birth, death and cancer
incidence and hospitalization databases for Allegheny County. These data are analyzed to
monitor trends in birth-related risks and outcomes, causes of death and cancer incidence in
the county. OEB also tracks patterns of public health conditions, including reported
infectious diseases, environmental health data, health care data and special studies.
 HEALTH HAZARD INVESTIGATIONS - Epidemiologists assist programs to investigate health
hazards in the community and to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention efforts. These
hazards include infectious disease agents, causes of injury or chronic diseases and
environmental conditions. OEB and the Infectious Disease Program respond to outbreaks
and other infectious diseases. Goal is to attempt to identify risk factors in order to prevent
further illness. OEB investigates and assists control efforts during public health
DISSEMINATION OF DATA - OEB disseminates information to help control public health
conditions. OEB provides data to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so
that our data contributes to national efforts to prevent disease and promote health. OEB
helps keep people in Allegheny County informed of potential health hazards through the
Public Information Office.
PHONE: (412) 578-8168
FAX: (412) 578-7905
The pharmacy procures, stores, inventories, and dispenses all drugs and pharmaceutical
supplies for ACHD programs. It assures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
and follows all accepted pharmaceutical standards and practices.
PHONE: (412) 578-8070
FAX: (412) 687-2904
The Allegheny County Health Department Public Health Laboratory provides public health
laboratory testing services to support Health Department programs. The Public Health
Laboratory also provides support for other County agencies, such as the Allegheny County
Medical Examiner’s Office, Shuman Center, the County Courts, and the Allegheny County
Correctional Health Services. The Public Health Laboratory moved into a new facility in
Lawrenceville as of August 2009.
PHONE: (412) 578-8364
FAX: (412) 578-8325
The Training Office is responsible for assessing the training needs of staff and for providing
required and/or needed training pertinent to all Department staff. The training/education
ranges from basic office computer skills to highly technical skills. Assistance is provided to
Program Managers to meet program specific training needs. The Office is charged with
providing certain training to maintain certifications required by the Department over and above
those required by state or federal law.
The Training Office also maintains the Nursing Licenses of all Department Nursing employees
and is charged with compiling the Department Annual Program Plan.
301 39TH STREET, BLDG. #7
PITTSBURGH, PA 15201-1891
PHONE: (412) 578-8103 OR
(412) 687-ACHD (2243)
FAX: (412) 578-8144
MONITORING: This Section operates a network of 22 monitoring stations throughout
the County to collect and assess ambient air quality data on the concentrations of
particulates (dust and smoke), sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen oxides
(ozone and nitrogen oxides are involved in smog formation), lead and weather data.
Monitoring is also carried out for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that are often referred
to as air toxics (e.g., benzene). In addition, this section routinely overviews industry
tests of stack emissions and certifies continuous emission stack monitors.
ENGINEERING: This Section assists industry and small businesses in complying with
the Clean Air Act and with Health Department Air Pollution Regulations (Article XXI).
Sources of air pollution must obtain permits to operate and to install new units or to
modify existing equipment.
ENFORCEMENT: This Section inspects sources of air pollution to assure compliance
with emission limitations and takes action to return violators back to compliance.
EMISSIONS INVENTORY: This Section is charged with developing an annual
assessment of the amounts of pollutants emitted into the air from industrial sources and
maintaining Health Department and federal EPA databases on these sources.
PLANNING: To assure that the County air quality continues to improve where needed to
meet federal air quality standards; this Section develops comprehensive State
Implementation Plans (SIPs) which are submitted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and federal government for their formal approval. It also develops policy and plans for
implementing new state and/or federal programs; for example, New Source Performance
Standard (NSPS). The Section assists industry in preparing computerized modeling
demonstrations for installation and operating permit applications. It also analyzes,
interprets, and reports the air quality data obtained from the monitoring network, and
does special studies as needed.
POLLUTION PREVENTION: Encourages voluntary industrial initiatives in air, water and
waste to reduce the generation of pollution in order to further clean the environment.
ABRASIVE BLASTING: Reduces emissions of dust and contaminants by assuring
compliance with abrasive (sand) blasting and power tool cleaning regulations through a
permitting and inspection program and assists the regulated community by providing
specific project guidance.
ASBESTOS: Minimizes the risk of public exposure to asbestos by assuring compliance
with asbestos removal regulations through a permitting and inspection program and
assists the regulated community by providing specific project guidance.
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION: Implements Clean Air Act § 112(r) to prevent,
control or minimize the harmful effects of accidental releases of extremely hazardous
substances in cooperation with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
and CEMA (County Emergency Management Agency).
AIR/CHEMICAL TOXICS: Implements a comprehensive program, under EPA delegation,
for reducing emissions of hazardous air pollutants by integrating air toxics provisions
into air permits issued by the Engineering Section.
PHONE: (412) 578-8360
FAX: (412) 578-8025
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than
80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in
education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps is a program of the
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency
created in 1993 to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give
back to their communities and their nation.
The Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) is an AmeriCorps program that is administered through the
Allegheny County Health Department. The goal of the PHC is to increase healthy behavior and
access to health services by enhancing the capacity of community and faith-based
organizations in Allegheny County. One of the program’s goals is to encourage the members’
career choice in the field of public health or health-related careers. In collaboration with
program partners, the PHC members provide a cost-effective means of delivering services to
populations impacted by a myriad of poor health problems. Members are committed to serving
the community to improve access to health care and to promote healthier lifestyle choices.
Each year, the PHC accepts 18 members into the program. Most PHC members are college
graduates. A member is expected to serve 46 weeks beginning in September and typically
ending late July. Members receive the support and hands-on training needed for a competitive
and demanding career in public health and human services.
Minimum requirements to be in AmeriCorps member:
 Must be a U.S. Citizen.
 Must be at least 17 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.
 Must be willing and able to complete their term of service and have a passion and
commitment for serving the community.
If these minimum qualifications can be met, visit the AmeriCorps website at
Become a Partner Site
A program partner is the agency, institution, or organization where a member serves their term
of service.
Become a Member
An AmeriCorps member is contracted to serve 1700 hours and in return receives a living
allowance of $12,100 and upon completion of service, an educational award of $5,550.
If you would like more information about PHC, visit our website at
www.pittsburghhealthcorps.org or call Dannai Harriel, AmeriCorps Program Manager at
(412) 578-8360.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15201-1443
PHONE: (412) 350-4048
FAX: (412) 350-2792
The Allegheny County’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) provides
services to an estimated 109,000 children in Allegheny County from 0 to 6 years of age. Of
these 109,000 children, approximately 4% are believed to have blood lead levels in excess of
9 μg/dL, which is considered positive under CDC guidelines. As a comprehensive lead
poisoning prevention program, the ACHD CLPPP provides blood lead screening, laboratory
services for environmental sample analysis, medical case management, environmental
inspections, environmental management, informational and educational services, and
coordination of collaborative efforts.
Blood lead screening is accomplished at two ACHD WIC offices, Allegheny County Intermediate
Units, and other fixed-site locations. Laboratory testing services are provided by the
Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories. Medical case management is
provided to all children who screen with a blood lead level > 10 μg/dL. This management
includes monitoring repeat blood test results and reminders to parents to have children
retested on schedule. Environmental inspections are performed in children’s homes when a
blood test is > 15 g/dL by using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology and wet chemistry.
Official notices are issued to owners of properties that are in violation of ACHD Rules and
Regulations, Article VI, Section #649. This Program provides information and education to both
public and professional audiences through a variety of methods and also acts as coordinator of
collaborative efforts with community and social awareness groups.
PHONE: (412) 247-7800
FAX: (412) 247-7815
The Chronic Disease Prevention Program works to improve the quality of life of Allegheny
County residents by enabling them to prevent, detect, delay and/or manage heart disease, high
blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. In addition, the Chronic Disease Prevention Program
tracks trends in illness and death in Allegheny County residents from these major diseases
using information from death certificates, hospital discharge data, and the Allegheny County
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Our program continues to address health
inequities in the community. To this end, ACHD is engaging in developing collaborations and
partnerships necessary to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes within
municipalities and county wide. Community agencies, health care providers and consumers
are welcome to call the Chronic Disease Prevention Office about any of the programs listed
The Chronic Disease Prevention Program seeks and receives grant funding for its programs.
CANCER AWARENESS: This program is designed to educate the public about
colorectal, prostate, skin, and ovarian cancers. In 2007, colorectal, prostate, skin, and
ovarian cancers accounted for approximately 27 percent of invasive cancers diagnosed
in Pennsylvania, which is why the program has undertaken these specified cancers.
Through this programming, we promote cancer screenings with health education
outreach programs that supply up-to-date lectures and resources on each cancer. Skin
cancer and ovarian cancer programming targets 18 plus year old residents living in
Allegheny County. Colon cancer and prostate cancer programming targets 40 plus year
old residents living in Allegheny County. This program works with the State Health
Improvement Plans (SHIPs), American Cancer Society, National Ovarian Cancer
Coalition, Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer, and Tobacco Free Allegheny.
The program seeks partnerships in communities with high risk residents and
SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PROGRAM: The purpose of this program is to
focus on embedding safety strategies into community efforts to promote healthy eating
and physical activity. The activities performed by the Chronic Disease Prevention
Program address the links between violence, healthy eating and physical activity;
reducing injuries through local policy and community-based activities; sustaining food
systems that promote health; and improving land use, zoning and community design to
enhance health and safety. Based on community needs, this program works to develop,
implement, and evaluate best practice safe and healthy lifestyle interventions to prevent
or delay the development of chronic diseases.
Public Health Nurse serves as a resource to social service agencies, community
organizations, and health care providers for information on diabetes prevention and
control, best diabetes management practices, cancer awareness, prevention and
recommended screenings, as well as cardiovascular disease, healthy eating and
physical activity. The Chronic Disease Prevention Program actively seeks partnerships
in communities at high risk for chronic diseases to facilitate community based health
education and support groups that are geared to the needs of people with chronic
diseases and those trying to prevent or delay chronic diseases. Emphasis is placed on
working with community partners to encourage systems change and policy
development that promote healthier lifestyles, which can decrease risk factors for
chronic diseases. Our Public Health Nurse provides chronic disease prevention
educational displays and materials to libraries, barbershops, beauty salons,
laundromats, and other outlets in underserved communities that can reach at-risk
populations with greatest health disparities. In addition, our Public Health Nurse
provides referrals to individuals with no health insurance and regularly updates
Underinsured or Uninsured: A Guide to Health Care Resources in Allegheny County,
available on the ACHD website. Because formal diabetes education is a Healthy People
2020, our Public Health Nurse compiles and updates the ACHD Guide to Local Diabetes
Education Programs, which is distributed broadly and available on the ACHD website
over the years, the challenges of living a healthy lifestyle have become more complex.
Yet, we have made significant advances in scientific understanding of programs and
strategies that can improve the public’s health. Strong action at the community level is
critical to complementing individual health behaviors and reversing chronic disease
trends. Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental Change
(ACHIEVE) mobilizes community resources to bring change to the places and
organizations that touch people’s lives every day – at work sites, schools, community
centers, and health care settings – to stem the growth of chronic disease.
RESOURCES: Brochures, guides, and written materials are available at no charge to
consumers and professionals. These materials address the above-described diseases.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8378
FAX: (412) 578-7905
CLINICAL: The Allegheny County Health Department’s Dental Program provides
preventive and corrective treatment for children 1 - 21 years of age. These services
include: examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions,
fluoride varnish, and sealants. Approximately 12,000 patient visits are provided each
year. Services are provided in three two-chair Clinics. These are located in the
following areas:
1. Central City:
Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 392-4441
(412) 392-4462
2. Mt. Oliver:
UPMC South Pittsburgh, 1630 Arlington Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone: (412) 432-1620
(412) 432-1650
3. McKeesport:
Wander Building, 339 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: (412) 664-8858
(412) 664-8857
The Dental Program serves financially compromised clients. All three clinics are located in
neighborhoods of ―high need.‖ The neighborhoods where these Clinics are located average
29.3% of families below poverty level. Seventy-two percent (72%) of clients served by the
Dental Program reside in the ten communities of ―high need‖ in Allegheny County, while these
areas are only 33.1% of the total population of the county. Minorities are 38% of our clients, but
only 12.5% of the population of Allegheny County.
OUTREACH SERVICES: Children from the Family Health Services, Three Rivers Youth,
Latino Family Council, Catholic Charities, and the Lawrenceville Somalian Community
Center are included in our program and are seen on an on-going basis.
A county-wide school based sealant program is in place to provide 2nd and 6th graders
with oral examinations and placement of sealants. Parents are informed of the exam
results and are advised to seek dental treatment. If such treatment is unavailable to
them, they are encouraged to come to our clinics. Approximately 1,500 children in highrisk areas are provided this service each year.
A preventive fluoride varnish program was initiated in 2009 to provide oral examinations,
cleanings and fluoride varnish applications for Head Start children in sites operated by
the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, other public school
districts, parochial schools, and charter schools. As with the Sealant Program, parents
are informed of the exam results and encouraged to seek follow-up treatment.
DENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION: Each year we provide, on request, dental health
education to the following:
Head Start Classes
Homeless Shelters
Community and School Health Fairs
Day Care Centers
PHONE: (412) 687-ACHD (2243)
FAX: (412) 578-8325
PURPOSE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: To prepare for and assure the delivery of
essential public health services during disease outbreaks, natural and man-made
disasters, hazardous materials incidents, civil disturbances, acts of terrorism, or enemy
attack. The Department serves as the principal public health agency for Allegheny
County and the county's 130 political subdivisions. It has overall responsibility for
coordinating the delivery of public health services in Allegheny County, in cooperation
with state and federal health authorities.
RESPONSE FUNCTIONS: The Department responds to outbreaks of disease; assesses
health risks; issues health advisories and warnings; provides direct medical services
and directs medication dispensing/vaccination efforts to control the spread of infectious
diseases; coordinates volunteer resources through the Medical Reserve Corps; and is
an integral member of the county's hazardous materials response teams. We assist
responders in acquiring and distributing needed medical equipment and supplies,
including Strategic National Stockpile assets, during disasters; carry out environmental
sampling and monitoring; and provide technical information to responders and the
general public alike.
In our regulatory capacity, the Department assures the safety of food and drinking water
supplies; air quality; wastewater treatment operations; landfills and solid waste
management operations; and sanitary conditions in schools, nursing homes,
institutions, group care and child care facilities. Assistance is provided to municipalities
in performing field surveys and damage assessments of water and sewage facilities
following major storms and floods. The Director is empowered to order corrective
actions necessary to protect the public’s health.
The Health Department’s Radiological Officer organizes radiological protection services
in cooperation with Allegheny County Emergency Services. The Infectious Disease
Program coordinates rabies control and zoonotic disease surveillance systems. Our
Medical Entomologist oversees the control of insect and rodent vectors. We often
cooperate with the American Red Cross in planning and setting-up temporary mass care
shelters at area schools and we deliver supportive nursing services, such as
immunizations for disaster victims. We work closely with the County Department of
Human Services and County Emergency Medical Services to assure that public health,
medical, and mental health services are available for all victims, their families, and
affected communities.
DISEASE OUTBREAKS: Epidemiological investigations are performed to determine the
source of the outbreak (air, food, water, or person-to-person contact); define exposed
populations, and determine whether such outbreaks are naturally occurring or deliberate
acts requiring criminal investigation. A localized dispersal of an infectious agent may be
followed by movement of those exposed individuals across wide geographical areas and
multiple public health jurisdictions, requiring coordination with state and federal health
officials. Special surveillance systems organized by the Health Department take
advantage of non-traditional sources of information including monitoring sales of overthe-counter medications, 9-1-1 emergency calls, ambulance transport data, school or
employer absenteeism, food-borne or water-borne disease reports, and Poison Center
calls. Prompt diagnosis and reporting of unusual or suspicious health problems in
animals, as well as in humans, is a critical component of an effective ―public health and
medical intelligence system,‖ a vital role for health officials. Early detection of an
outbreak can save lives, lessen health and economic impacts, prevent repeated
incidents, and aid in criminal investigations.
Because most medical care in the United States is provided in the private sector, any
major health crisis depends heavily on service capacity, clinical preparedness,
information technology, and communications. The Health Department may at any time
be called upon to coordinate the delivery of care to patients in varied clinical settings,
including emergency departments, physician offices, and walk-in clinics.
NATURAL DISASTERS: Floods, tornados, winter storms, high wind damage, prolonged
and extreme high or low temperatures, and fires may directly cause bodily harm, disrupt
utilities, or damage critical infrastructures, all of which can result in a public health
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES: Examples include air pollution or
contamination of food or drinking water, housing emergencies, and spills of hazardous
materials. Accidental chemical releases may impact on air and water quality or present
dangerous conditions.
increasing concerns about nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass
destruction, the Department is actively involved in the development of plans for a multicounty response to mass casualty and terrorism incidents. The possible need to
provide life-saving medicines or vaccines to all affected individuals in the region upon
recognizing bioterrorism or pandemic disease agents is the force that drives Strategic
National Stockpile and Pandemic Influenza planning. These planning efforts are shared
with the PA Department of Health and with regional emergency management agencies to
ensure a rapid, coordinated response to such instances.
EQUIPMENT AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE: The Department maintains an array of
sophisticated biological, chemical and radiation sampling and detection instruments as
well as air, water, and soil sampling equipment. Staff are skilled in the use of
computerized emergency information retrieval systems and special software required to
support hazardous materials responses by City and County Hazmat Teams.
PHONE: (412) 578-8044
FAX: (412) 578-8190
The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program serves the entire population
of the County by conducting a comprehensive surveillance, monitoring and complaint
investigation program for approximately 7,200 food facilities. Facilities regulated by this
program include restaurants, retail markets, food processors, caterers, warehouses, mobile
vendors and temporary food establishments. All facilities must obtain a health permit prior to
operating in the County.
Inspectors in this program regularly perform comprehensive, unannounced inspections of
regulated facilities. The focus of the inspection program is to prevent the occurrence of
conditions that pose the greatest risk of causing a foodborne illness. These conditions are
referred to as ―Critical Violations‖ and include conditions such as: improper cooling, unsafe
hot or cold holding temperatures, inadequate cooking temperature, improper reheating, crosscontaminating foods, the presence of an infected food handler, poor food handler hygiene, or
inadequate sanitization. Food facilities are prioritized and surveillance and monitoring
activities are heightened for those which pose the highest risk.
In addition to monitoring for food safety violations, inspectors investigate consumer
complaints, including foodborne illness, and educate the operators on important food safety
issues. Food inspectors also respond immediately to emergencies affecting food facilities
such as fires, flooding, or utility shutoff.
The Food Safety Program investigates foodborne illnesses on a complaint basis. All foodborne
illnesses are to be investigated within 24 hours after the complaint is received.
An on-site investigation of the suspected food facility is conducted by an investigation team.
The illness investigation is led by an Epidemiologist and includes the Department’s Infectious
Disease staff, who coordinate the development of a food history questionnaire. Interviews are
conducted with those individuals who had eaten the suspect meal. Food Safety staff attempt to
obtain samples of the suspect foods as well as control samples for laboratory analysis. The
facility managers are interviewed and preparation methods for all suspect foods are obtained
and reviewed by investigators for clues as to the origin of possible contributing factors, such
as contamination and/or temperature abuse. Violations discovered during this process are
cited and must be corrected immediately. A re-inspection is conducted within twenty-four
hours to verify compliance with all items relating to the alleged foodborne illness.
The Food Safety staff also investigate consumer complaints regarding food facilities. These
complaints involve a wide range of alleged conditions in the food facilities and are typically
investigated within one to five days of their receipt. Another important part of the Food Safety
Program is Plan Review. This service is provided to assist prospective food operators in
meeting the requirements of the County’s Article III, ―Food Safety,‖ through the installation of
appropriate food service equipment and the proper structural design of the facility.
Approximately 350 plans are received and reviewed every year resulting in pre-operational
inspections for permit issuance. Some of these plans are received from facilities that already
possess a permit, but wish to upgrade or remodel their existing facility.
Complete construction plans include a floor plan drawn-to-scale, a list of food service
equipment, a menu or general list of the types of food to be handled or sold, and a completed
questionnaire. All equipment must be equivalent to the NSF International (commercial)
Standards. Plan Review also works closely with the ACHD Plumbing Division, food service
equipment and kitchen design companies as well as with architects to interpret the
requirements of the regulation.
Lastly, the Food Safety Program offers training in the form of a Food Manager Certification
Program. Seminars focus on the factors that commonly contribute to foodborne illness and the
critical controls to be implemented which eliminate these factors. There is a two-day Food
Safety Certification Course, a one-day Recertification Course, as well as a Challenge Exam.
Most food facilities in Allegheny County are required to have a certified manager on duty at all
times of operation. The Program certifies nearly 2,500 people each year. Allegheny County
Health Department’s Food Safety Certification Program has been recognized nationally as well
as by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as an accepted program.
PHONE: (412) 578-8332
FAX: (412) 578-8300
HIV TESTING AND COUNSELING: The Department operates a voluntary and confidential
HIV testing program. Patients receive pre-test and post-test counseling concerning HIV
risks and the meaning of test results. Testing is done on a volunteer basis with the
patient’s informed consent. All patients receive pre-test and post-test counseling as a
part of the testing process. Patients that are HIV positive receive counseling and are
encouraged to refer their sex partners for counseling and testing.
MEDICAL SERVICES: A person identified as being HIV positive is strongly encouraged
to begin medical monitoring. Testing for presence of Hepatitis A, B, or C, TB testing, Tcell testing, and viral load testing are routinely offered. If a patient does not have a
doctor or medical insurance, primary medical care is provided and includes:
assessment, evaluation, treatment, monitoring via laboratory tests, home/hospital visits,
medical reporting to obtain benefits, family education, and coordination of care.
OUTREACH PROGRAM: The HIV/AIDS Program conducts outreach to targeted groups
through its Outreach Program. Individuals employed in this program are hired for their
experience with the target populations. It is anticipated that they can reach high-risk
youth, IV drug users and sexual minorities resulting in behavior changes, which reduce
the risk of acquiring HIV. Counseling, testing, and outreach education is directed to
those areas of Allegheny County that are identified as high-risk neighborhoods. The
program now collaborates with the Allegheny County Drug and Alcohol Abuse HIV
Intervention Program in providing technical support and STD training for substance
abuse facilities that test and counsel individuals in treatment. This is an effort aimed at
offering HIV testing to known IV drug users.
HEALTH EDUCATION: The HIV/AIDS Program has a variety of educational brochures
and pamphlets available upon request.
SURVEILLANCE: The AIDS Surveillance Program conducts active surveillance at major
hospitals and selected outpatient clinics in Allegheny County. The staff reviews hospital
case records on the basis of ICD-9 identifier codes. These codes are used in
computerized hospital medical records and indicate an AIDS diagnosis according to
CDC guidelines. The purpose of the Surveillance Program is to ensure that all HIV or
AIDS cases, diagnosed in Allegheny County, have been properly reported and that any
misdiagnosed AIDS cases become incorporated into the case report. The AIDS Program
works in conjunction with the ACHD TB Control Program to screen TB patients for HIV
infection and to make sure that identified HIV-positive individuals are skin tested for
As of June 1, 2001, the ACHD added HIV to the list of reportable diseases. Article V,
―Reporting of HIV,‖ requires physicians, laboratories, health care facilities and all HIV
test sites to report positive HIV test results to the County. The AIDS Surveillance
Program conducts reviews of patients’ medical records and insures that all positive
cases at HIV testing sites and health care facilities are being reported. As of October
18, 2002, HIV cases must be reported to the State by name. In 2006, the State Health
Department implemented a database entitled the PA National Electronic Disease
Surveillance System (PA NEDSS) for the collection of HIV/AIDS information
throughout the state. Surveillance also entails the monitoring of PA NEDSS for all
potential new cases of HIV/AIDS.
PHONE: (412) 350-4046
FAX: (412) 350-2792
COMPLAINT HOUSING PROGRAM: Tenants living in deteriorated houses, who are
unable to get the landlord to make repairs, can call the Health Department's Housing
Program for assistance. The Housing Program will inspect the home for such things as
lack of heat, lack of hot water, plumbing deficiencies, leaky roofs, rats and roaches and
issue orders to the landlord to correct the problems which are in violation of the
Department's Housing Code. In some cases, tenants are also issued orders to correct
problems for which they are responsible. Inspectors will re-inspect the home to
ascertain if the problems have been corrected. If not remedied, the Health Department
can assess a penalty or file a Criminal Complaint in Pittsburgh Housing Court or
Magistrate Court to achieve a solution.
ROOMING HOUSE/BOARDING HOME PROGRAM: All rooming houses and boarding
homes in the county are permitted and inspected for public health violations. These
inspections include an evaluation of the entire structure, which includes the water
supply, heating facilities, sewage disposal, garbage disposal, rodent and vector control,
and food preparation area.
VECTOR CONTROL: Sanitation in the home and yard is the best way to prevent rats and
insects that may spread disease and create a nuisance. Elimination of stagnant water in
the yard will help prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile Virus. Staff
will assist local municipal representatives through code enforcement and education in
removing the environmental conditions that allow insects and rodents to breed.
Information about pest animals and insects in the home and yard, as well as the safety
of pesticides used to control them, is available to the public on request. A trap loan
program provides live catch traps to residents wishing to relocate nuisance animals
from their property.
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT INSPECTION: Some environmental problems are not
inside the home. Accumulated garbage can lead to rodent or insect problems.
Inspectors investigate complaint conditions that provide food or shelter for rodents or
insects. Inspectors also investigate other community environment complaints and
require corrective action as needed.
SCHOOLS: Schools in the County are inspected in accordance with State Regulations.
This includes all school buildings, both public and private, that teach from Kindergarten
to Grade 12. Cafeterias in schools are inspected in accordance with Article III County
regulations, the same as restaurants.
INSTITUTIONS: Nursing homes and Personal Care Boarding Homes are permitted and
inspected for public health violations. The Allegheny County Health Department works
in conjunction with the State Department of Health and the State Department of Public
Welfare to insure that residents of these facilities are provided with a safe and healthy
BATHING PLACES: The improper operation of public swimming pools, spas, hot tubs
and water slides can pose both disease and injury hazards. These facilities are licensed
and inspected each year to assure proper water quality, sanitation, lifeguard coverage
and performance of required chemical and bacteriological testing.
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION AND RADON: Indoor Air Quality is an issue of increasing
concern to Environmental Health Professionals. Exposure to pollutants in indoor air
poses a potential greater health threat than outdoor air. The Health Department
investigates carbon monoxide problems. In addition to yearly inspections of indoor ice
rinks, we also provide information on a variety of indoor air topics including: mold,
asbestos, carbon monoxide, and radon.
care site is put into operation, it is inspected to assure conformance with the minimum
standards set forth by the Health Department and the Local and State Emergency
Management Agencies.
PHONE: (412) 578-8060
FAX: (412) 578-8300
infectious diseases/conditions that are reportable to the Health Department. The role of
the Infectious Diseases Program is to protect the health of the public by interrupting the
chain of communicable disease transmission through active surveillance and prompt
contact follow-up.
CLINIC SERVICES: Services include adult, childhood and travel vaccinations and
antibody screening for selected diseases. During the fall and winter months, flu vaccine
is administered daily to children and adults.
Adult Services
Provides a range of adult immunizations, including influenza and pneumococcal
vaccines at the walk-in Clinic in Oakland. On average, more than 500 persons are
served weekly.
Childhood Immunizations:
Federally-funded and administered free-of-charge to children through 18 years of
age. Additionally, compliance with Allegheny County and Pennsylvania School
Immunization Laws is assured through regular audits of school health records.
Travel Immunizations:
Administered to persons of all ages, as determined after appropriate travel
Screening Tests:
Blood testing, to determine antibody levels for diseases such as hepatitis B,
rubella and measles, is offered. Tuberculosis Mantoux skin testing is provided to
more than 150 persons per week.
WIC Certification:
Screening for hemoglobin, weight and height are performed for the Women,
Infants and Children (WIC) Program.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING: Community-based nursing visits may be made to
investigate significant infectious disease outbreaks and assess community health
needs. Consultations with school nurses and administrators regarding issues affecting
school-age children are conducted on an ongoing basis. Infectious Diseases public
health nurses maintain direct communications with infection control practitioners and
physicians at Allegheny County hospitals.
approach to promote access to and understanding of immunizations across the lifespan.
Community initiatives include poster contests, health fairs, and immunization
advertisements through television, radio, print and website media. An educational
conference is held annually and features nationally recognized speakers. The ACIC
website provides immunization news and connections to reliable resources for parents
and health care professionals.
PERINATAL HEPATITIS B (PHB) PROJECT: Pregnant women who test positive for
hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) are identified during the first trimester of
pregnancy. Their infants are followed through the PHB project to insure that they
receive hepatitis B immune globulin and hepatitis B vaccine at birth, as well as
subsequent hepatitis B vaccine at intervals recommended by the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Household members are offered hepatitis B screening and hepatitis B vaccine as
PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION: Pamphlets and fact sheets on a variety of infectious
disease-related issues are developed, regularly updated, and made available to the
public, community organizations, and health care professionals. Speakers are also
available to provide informational programs on immunizations and communicable
disease prevention.
ZOONOSES: Animal bites/exposures are investigated and recommendations made for
follow-up care as appropriate. Information about pre and post exposure rabies
protocols and procedures are available for hospital emergency room personnel,
physicians and veterinarians. Educational materials about rabies, Lyme disease, West
Nile virus, and other zoonotic illnesses are available to health care professionals and to
the general public.
TRAVEL CONSULTATION: Travel consultations, including immunization requirements
and recommendations, specifically tailored to the area(s) being visited, are provided by
phone, fax, e-mail, and in person.
PHONE: (412) 247-7945
FAX: (412) 247-7815
Traffic Safety Education Project (TSEP):
Program staff, intent on reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries by effecting positive
behavior change, administers a comprehensive public information and education program.
The TSEP employs effective health promotion strategies and provides educational
interventions and materials. Local, state and national data are collected, reviewed and used for
program planning. Topics of Interest include:
Occupant Protection - Safety Belt and Child Passenger Safety
Pedestrian Safety
School Bus Safety
Motorcycle Safety
Older Driver Safety
Teen Driver Safety
Aggressive Driving/Speeding
Distracted Driving and DUI
Safe Driving Characteristics
PHONE: (412) 247-7950
FAX: (412) 247-7959
PRIMARY CARE CENTERS: Partnerships have been developed with the following
Centers to provide comprehensive primary care. Services include routine health
supervision, prevention, and care when sick for all family members. Public Health
Nursing home visiting services are available for at-risk pregnant women and families
with young children.
Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center
Lawrenceville Family Health Center
Wilkinsburg Family Health Center
(412) 361-7562
(412) 622-7343
(412) 247-5216
Breastfeeding Promotion Program: The Breastfeeding Promotion Program is designed
to help increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their infants. Lactation
Consultants work with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to educate them on the
benefits of breastfeeding and help them establish and continue breastfeeding. Electric
breast pumps are loaned to WIC breastfeeding mothers who must be separated from
their babies for part of the day. The Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition works to
establish breastfeeding as the preferred infant feeding method.
Child Death Review: Representatives from several local hospitals, the Allegheny County
Office of Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh Public Schools, police departments, the Medical
Examiner’s and District Attorney's offices, Juvenile Court, Children, Youth and Families,
and traffic safety and injury prevention experts meet regularly to review confidentially
the circumstances of each death of an Allegheny County child from birth to twenty years
of age. The Team works to determine, if and how, the death might have been prevented
and then plans and implements preventive strategies.
Liaison Nursing Services: Hospital-based public health nurses link prenatal and postpartum women and infants receiving hospital services to Department services and
available community resources in their communities. Liaison nurse services are
provided at Magee-Women’s, Mercy, West Penn, and Allegheny General. Liaison nurses
will assess the needs of post-partum women.
MCH Home Visiting Program: Public health nurses provide prenatal, post-partum and
pediatric home visits to assess and assure families receive appropriate medical services
and anticipatory guidance to improve their health. Educational emphasis is placed on
early regular prenatal and infant care, nutrition, smoking cessation, pre-term labor, safe
sleeping, child development, immunizations, and child safety.
Needs Assessment: The health needs assessment of families with children in Allegheny
County is ongoing. Special initiatives focus on the needs of uninsured and
underinsured children, access to care and other issues related to pregnant women,
infants, children, and adolescents.
Project LAMB (Love and Mother your Baby): This Project is designed to serve mothers
who had little or no prenatal care. Public Health Nurses make home visits to assure that
mothers and infants receive postpartum and ongoing pediatric care. Maternal and child
health education and anticipatory guidance are offered on each home visit.
Resource Mothers Project: This is a community-oriented partnership aimed at reducing
infant mortality, low birth weight, and other risks facing young families. The goal is to
identify at-risk pregnant women who live in McKeesport, North Braddock, Homestead,
Munhall, Versailles, North Versailles, and Duquesne early in their pregnancies to provide
practical assistance and support until the baby is two years of age.
Alliance for Infants: In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human
Services, the MCH Program provides new staff training and other educational
presentations. MCH Program will continue to refer children 0-3, with developmental
delays, and children of depressed mothers for Early Intervention Services. MCH
Program will accept referrals for premature infants and infants with other high risk
medical conditions for nursing home visit services.
Early Head Start--Family Foundations: A Public Health Nurse addresses the health
needs of families enrolled in this comprehensive family support project in the Hill
District and Clairton.
Home Visiting Network: The Home Visiting Network (HVN) is a collaborative effort of the
Allegheny County Health Department, Healthy Start, Inc., and agencies that provide
home visits to mothers, infants and families serving Allegheny County, and other health
agencies that do not provide home visitation as one of its services but recognize
belonging to the HVN supports their mission. There are two HVN subcommittees. The
Partnership Subcommittee goals are to continuously recruit for maternal and child
health agencies in Allegheny County to be active members of the Home Visiting Network
and to provide a communication media among the various members of the Home
Visiting Network to discuss critical and timely issues relevant to member agencies. The
Training Subcommittee goals are to provide training on topics relevant to maternal and
child health home visiting agencies located in Allegheny County; a yearly seminar is
held for HVN members. Quarterly meetings provide member agencies a chance to
network and get support from other home visiting agencies, and to participate in
trainings pertinent to the home visitor and to enhance their own services by sharing
community resources.
Infant Safe Sleep Church Outreach Committee: The mission of the Allegheny County
Infant Safe Sleep Church Outreach Committee (ISSCOC) is to improve the health and
wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents—infants—through an infant safe sleep
church and community outreach and health promotion initiative. The ISSCOC is
comprised of a group of community and church members that are working to reach
families and other caregivers with a newborn living in the targeted areas of Allegheny
County (primarily the City of Pittsburgh) through intensive outreach to church leaders
whose primary congregation consists of African Americans. It is the hope of the
ISSCOC that our unified effort to educate parents, grandparents, and caregivers of
infants about infant safe sleep will reduce the number of deaths related to infant sleep
position and unsafe sleep environment.
Nurse-Family Partnership Program: Nurses provide intensive home visits to first-time
pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to two years of age. The goal is
to foster healthy pregnancies, improve the health and development of children and
encourage self-sufficiency. Women are enrolled early in pregnancy. They must live in
designated areas of Allegheny County and meet income guidelines.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) Program (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh PKU Center and
Pennsylvania Department of Health): In cooperation with Children’s Hospital, nurses
collect blood samples and provide education and counseling for families with infants
and children born with this metabolic condition.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program: Home visits are made as often as needed to
offer grief counseling to family members and to encourage participation in the SIDS
parent support groups.
W.E.C.A.R.E. (Welcoming Extraordinary Children by providing Assessments, Referrals
and Education): Public health nurses provide care coordination, home visits and case
management to special needs children, age birth-22 years and their families to assess
and arrange needed services and to establish a medical home for their children.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8036
FAX: (412) 578-8053
The Plumbing Section handles the permitting and inspection of all new or modified plumbing
installations in both residential and commercial structures within Allegheny County. This
Section also handles the licensing of plumbers.
INSPECTIONS: Approximately 40,000 inspections are conducted on an as-requested
basis each year. Inspection(s) are conducted in phases, beginning with the roughed-in
plumbing to the final inspection at which time a ―Certificate of Final Inspection‖ is
PLANS/PERMITS: A plumbing plan/permit must be submitted to the Department for any
plumbing that is installed or altered, including the replacement card(s) for installation of
water heater and dishwasher transmittal sheet(s), prior to commencing plumbing work.
A plumbing permit is obtained to perform plumbing work in accordance with the
Allegheny County Health Department Rules and Regulations, Article XV, ―Plumbing‖.
The plumbing plan indicates any/all fixtures to be installed, in addition to water service
and building sewers. The reverse side of the plan (abstract) requires a drawing showing
the location, connections and types of materials to be installed. Once the plan is
approved and a permit obtained, plumbing work may then be installed and inspection(s)
will be conducted as work proceeds. A final inspection is required of all plumbing
plan/permits issued. Approximately 13,000 plans are filed, reviewed and issued
LICENSING OF PLUMBERS: Apprentice plumbers, when registered at an accredited
apprenticeship program, will be issued an Apprentice Plumbers Card, which expires on
September 30 of the calendar year. The Apprentice Plumbers Card allows the candidate
to do plumbing work as long as a Journeyman or Master Plumber is present.
Upon completion of school (576 hours) and employment (4 years) with a registered
master plumber, a candidate makes application through the Plumbing Section to take
the Journeyman Plumbers Examination at a cost of $100.00 per examination, which is
administered twice a year (Spring and Fall) and as needed for non-resident licensed
plumbers. After successfully passing this examination, the candidate is issued a Health
Permit Number. The Journeyman Plumber license is renewed annually on the
Journeyman Plumber’s date of birth and a fee of $100.00 is assessed. A Journeyman
wishing to take the Master’s Examination must have completed two years of experience
as a journeyman, make application to the Department's Plumbing Section and, if/when
accepted, submit to the examination at a cost of $200.00 per examination, which is
administered twice a year (Spring and Fall) and as needed for non-resident licensed
plumbers. After successfully passing this examination, the candidate is issued a Master
Plumber License. The Health Permit Number that was issued for their Journeyman
License remains the same. The Master Plumber License is renewed annually on the
Master Plumber’s date of birth and a fee of $300.00 is assessed.
service requests may originate from the public, the Department’s Housing and Food
Safety Programs, City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Service Center, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer
Authority, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection, municipal officials from any
borough or township, etc. Plumbing staff attempt to investigate/inspect all of the above
in a timely fashion, with notices of violations issued to have plumbing violations
corrected and abated. If necessary, when the Plumbing Section does not receive a
response, legal action or a civil penalty assessment occurs.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Allegheny County Health Department Rules
and Regulations, Article XV, "Plumbing" and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction
Code Act (Act 45 of 1999).
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8047
FAX: (412) 578-8053
The Public Drinking Water Section (PDW) is responsible for the inspection and oversight of 68
public water systems in Allegheny County, which serve approximately 99% of the county's
residents. The systems include facilities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, to
small systems serving less than 50 people, to water vending machines. All of these facilities
are regulated under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act, the primary purpose of which is
to assure that proper water treatment is being performed and reduce the threat of biological
and chemical pollutants through proper treatment and monitoring.
INSPECTIONS: The public water systems are permitted by the state and inspected by
PDW. All public water systems receive an annual comprehensive inspection. All
equipment and components of the facility are visually examined and water samples from
various stages of treatment are collected for analysis. Additional investigations
throughout the distribution and storage facilities may also be conducted to check on
construction activities, in response to a complaint, or for other specialized
SANITARY SURVEYS/INVENTORIES: This information is collected as it pertains to the
infrastructure, which comprises the larger water systems and is a tool, which may aid in
identifying potential problems. The inventories include both drawings and narrative
information such as population served, treatment schematics, locations of storage and
treatment facilities, distribution network, and location of valves, hydrants, and
emergency interconnects, as well as other pertinent information describing the water
inspection performed at surface water treatment plants to assure that all of the treatment
processes are optimized and barriers established to prevent passage of waterborne
pathogens (Cryptosporidium and Giardia). As waterborne diseases have lately received
national media exposure, our section has spent considerable money to obtain the most
technologically advanced particle counter and turbidimeter available for performing
these evaluations to best protect the public. PDW staff conduct FPPEs at up to four
community water systems per year.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to promulgate new regulations,
which subsequently require public water suppliers to perform additional monitoring,
reporting, and may require additional treatment. Examples of this are the Stage 2
Disinfectant Byproducts Rule (Stage 2), the Long Term 2 Surface Water Treatment Rule
(LT 2) and the Groundwater Rule. The Stage 2 Rule, an expansion of the Stage 1 Rule,
has systems performing studies of their distribution system for the purpose of
determining where disinfectant byproducts are forming. Effective April 1, 2012, systems
serving >100,000 customers or receiving bulk water from a system serving >100,000
people, will begin their Stage 2 Disinfectant Byproduct monitoring. The LT 2 Rule has
required surface water treatment plants to monitor the source water for cryptosporidium
over the course of one year. Additional treatment will be required when a system has
found excessive cryptosporidium in the source water. Currently the surface water
plants in Allegheny County are meeting the necessary level of treatment. The
Groundwater Rule will require all community and non-community water systems
utilizing groundwater to meet four log (99.99%) treatments to assure the inactivation of
any viruses. This rule began in November 2009. Also the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection is updating many of their regulations, one of which is the
method of delivery of a Tier 1 Public Notification (imminent public health hazard). All
community public water systems will be required to have a reverse 911 notification
method to notify all customers by phone message, e-mail or both, of the Tier 1 condition
affecting them.
EMERGENCIES: Emergencies are handled on a 24-hour basis and will take precedence
over routine inspections and monitoring.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act;
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rules and Regulations, Title 25,
Chapter 109.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8390
FAX: (412) 578-8053
The Recycling Section was integrated into the Public Drinking Water and Waste Management
Program at the beginning of 1996. Pennsylvania Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning,
Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) requires the development of a recycling plan to
assist municipalities with making recycling programs financially self-sufficient. In order to
accomplish this, it is important to work with municipalities to improve their recycling programs,
increase public awareness of the need to recycle, and encourage the purchase of products with
high recycled content.
WHO RECYCLES: Of the 130 municipalities in Allegheny County, 82 of them have a
curbside collection program and 20 have a drop-off program. Communities not included
in the mandate to recycle are those which have a population of 5,000 or less; although,
many municipalities with under 5,000 residents have chosen to participate. The rules of
Act 101 apply across the Commonwealth.
WHAT ITEMS ARE RECYCLED: Most residential municipal recycling programs collect a
combination of the following types of items: aluminum and steel cans, plastics, clear
and colored glass, leaf waste, and newsprint. Businesses and institutions located
in communities with mandatory recycling programs must collect cardboard, high-grade
office paper, aluminum cans, and leaf waste.
HOW RECYCLING IS PROMOTED: Schools, businesses, or municipalities are
sometimes unsure of how to develop or manage a recycling program. The Department's
Recycling Officer is available to answer questions or make site visits to
offer suggestions on how best to handle a specific recycling situation. Recycling
education programs are also developed and presented. A Recycling Resource Directory
is available, which contains information on items to recycle and where to take them.
REPORTING/DATA MANAGEMENT: The Department is responsible for generating
reports on the overall status of recycling in Allegheny County. The information is
available to all municipalities to aid in their recycling ventures.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Pennsylvania Act 101 of 1988, Municipal
Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act.
PHONE: (412) 578-8080
FAX: (412) 578-8300
STD PROGRAM: This program is mandated by Pennsylvania law and serves as the focal
point for control of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in Allegheny County. The
services provided are convenient, confidential, and free of charge. Every effort has been
made to minimize barriers encountered by patients and to maximize access to care.
Policies and procedures are developed in accordance with the recommendations of the
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Acting Director, Dr.
Ronald Voorhees and the Co-Director, Dr. Harold Wiesenfeld.
STD CLINIC: The clinic operates five days a week, including one evening clinic. It is
staffed by nurses, public health assistants, disease intervention specialists, and clerical
personnel. The clinic provides free and confidential examinations and treatment. Tests
are routinely done for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Other STD tests are
performed depending on the patient’s symptoms. Laboratory services are provided by
Allegheny County Health Department Laboratories, often allowing for same day
diagnosis. The clinic also offers Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations to patients
receiving a full STD exam. The clinic is run on a walk-in basis. Patients take a number
on admission and are generally seen in order.
DISEASE INTERVENTION: Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) interview infected
patients to determine the source of infection and to elicit names and location
information on exposed sex partners. Patients with a positive test for gonorrhea,
chlamydia or syphilis, may be interviewed and counseled by the DIS staff. Patients are
given the option of notifying their own contacts or having the DIS do it confidentially.
This means the DIS cannot tell contacts who named them. The DIS routinely travel to all
parts of the county to locate and notify exposed sex partners. If a patient wishes to see
his own doctor, the DIS notifies the physician of the specific reason for the exam and the
recommended tests and treatment. DIS epidemiological investigations are critical to
rapid prevention and intervention in the spread of STDs.
SURVEILLANCE: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are reportable diseases, by state
law. Laboratories are required to report all significant findings concerning these
diseases and, additionally, physicians must report all diagnoses. All reports must be
verified for an accurate account of the morbidity. All reactive syphilis serologies are
retained permanently in the PA National Electronic Disease Surveillance System
(NEDSS) so that patients who were previously treated can be serologically followed.
Patients with reactive serologies and no prior history are investigated to ensure
diagnoses, proper treatment and epidemiologic follow-up. STD morbidity trends are
carefully analyzed so that program activities can be focused on problem areas.
grant, screens females at 20 sites for gonorrhea and chlamydia. A significant number of
females with these infections in the county are identified through this program.
Screening sites include emergency rooms, community clinics and family planning
clinics. All sites are provided with kits and materials to screen and treat women. A
courier transports the kits to the county lab for processing.
CASE MANAGEMENT: Social Service staff provides short-term counseling and referrals
for mental health issues. Assistance and direction are provided to clients seeking low
cost clinical medical care, domestic violence counseling, drug and alcohol counseling,
employment issues, and other human services for which they may be eligible.
EDUCATION SERVICES: The STD Program has an education component, which
provides distribution of information through pamphlets, video loan, and an annual
statistical summary report.
OUTREACH: These individuals conduct street education, presentations, and
counseling services regarding STDs and HIV/AIDS.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8047
FAX: (412) 578-8053
The Solid Waste Section is responsible for the inspection and oversight of 50 facilities, which
include both operating and closed landfills, waste processing facilities, material recovery
facilities, and leaf/yard waste composting sites. The landfills accept waste not only from
Allegheny County, but also from surrounding counties and states. We, as residents of
Allegheny County, are fortunate to have these facilities in such close proximity, as it serves to
keep the cost of disposal down for everyone.
INSPECTIONS: The permitted landfills are inspected at least monthly; waste processing
and material recovery facilities quarterly; leaf/yard waste sites twice a year; as well as
inspections of solid waste, and recyclable materials transportation vehicles. During an
inspection, the facilities are checked for compliance with the state and county
regulations governing them. A written inspection report is left with the facility manager.
If violations are cited, reinspections are conducted after a reasonable period of time to
determine compliance.
PERMIT APPLICATION REVIEWS: The permits for landfills are frequently modified.
Permit modification applications are forwarded to this office for our review and
INFECTIOUS WASTE: Large generators of infectious waste, such as hospitals, are
surveyed periodically; however, small generators, such as doctor's offices, are not.
When complaints are received concerning improper handling of infectious waste, this
office will investigate and issue orders as necessary to abate the problem.
COMPLAINTS: All complaints concerning solid waste sites or vehicles are investigated.
If violations are noted, orders are issued or a referral is made to the agency responsible
for taking corrective action.
ENFORCEMENT: If violations found during inspections of either fixed facilities or solid
waste vehicles are not corrected within the allotted time, enforcement action is usually
taken. The severity and number of the violations dictate the type of enforcement action.
Minor violations may be handled with a legal action or Civil Penalty Assessment; more
serious, recurring, or multiple unresolved violations may necessitate litigation or a
Consent Order and Agreement. The goal is to achieve abatement of the violations so the
facility or vehicle is in compliance.
EMERGENCIES: Emergencies involving solid waste sites are investigated on a 24-hour
basis and take priority over all other program activities.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act;
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rules and Regulations; Municipal
Solid Waste Regulations, Chapters 271-285; and the Allegheny County Health
Department Rules and Regulations, Article VIII, "Solid Waste and Recycling
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8084
FAX: (412) 578-7905
CLINIC: (412) 578-8162
PHARMACY: (412) 578-8168
TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC: Provides screening (tuberculin skin testing), evaluation and
treatment of patients with tuberculosis, and directly observed therapy (DOT) as
indicated. Radiological services and selected diagnostic tests are provided as
indicated. HIV counseling and testing is offered to all clinic patients. Hours: Monday,
through Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
LABORATORY SERVICES: The Tuberculosis (TB) Program through the UPMC
Microbiology Laboratory, which is under contract with the Allegheny County Health
Department (ACHD), provides smear and culture identification and drug susceptibility
testing for patients who are followed at the ACHD TB Clinic. These laboratory services
are also available to Allegheny County private physicians and local hospitals.
CONTACT FOLLOW-UP: Public Health Nurses identify and evaluate close contacts to
tuberculosis patients.
HOME VISITS: Public Health Nurses are available to make home visits for patient
evaluation and medication as indicated.
MEDICATIONS: Medications are provided both to clinic patients as well as private
physicians’ patients, upon presentation of a valid prescription.
DATA COLLECTION: A current database of Allegheny County tuberculosis disease
incidence and prevalence is maintained.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS: TB Program staff are available to
conduct educational programs. TB-related educational materials are available to health
care professionals and the general public upon request.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15224-1318
PHONE: (412) 578-8040
FAX: (412) 578-8053
The Water Pollution Control Section is responsible for the inspection and oversight of all
sewage treatment plants and sewage collection and conveyance systems in Allegheny County.
These plants process raw sewage, then discharge the effluent into a waterway for which they
have received a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Many of these discharges are to
the Ohio, Allegheny, Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers, although some are to streams,
creeks, or tributaries. Ninety percent of all drinking water in Allegheny County is drawn from
the three rivers. There are 67 sewage treatment plants and 208 pump stations under this
section’s jurisdiction. In addition to conducting regular inspections of permitted treatment
facilities, program staff investigate water quality complaints pertaining to stream pollution,
malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems, and public sewer problems. Combined sewer overflow
requirements are also evaluated in 4 NPDES permits for combined sewer communities.
INSPECTIONS: Each of the 67 permitted sewage treatment facilities are inspected
annually, during which time all aspects of the operation are checked for compliance with
the federal, state and county regulations governing them. During these inspections,
samples of treated effluent are taken for analysis. In addition, approximately 70 of the
208 pump stations are inspected annually to determine compliance with the applicable
regulations governing them. The facilities are provided a written copy of the conditions
noted and, if violations are noted, are given a specified amount of time in which they
must achieve compliance. If upon reinspection, the violations are still found, further
action will be taken to enforce the regulations.
CSO EVALUATIONS: Staff evaluate CSO control requirements in 4 NPDES permits for
combined sewer communities, identify areas of non-compliance, and ensure that noncomplying communities meet permit requirements.
PLANNING MODULE REVIEW: Planning modules for land development by public
sewerage or on-lot sewage disposal systems are reviewed and a recommendation is
made for approval or rejection and then sent to DEP for approval.
PERMIT REVIEW: Permit amendments, variance requests, or exemption requests are
sent to this office for review and comment, and then forwarded to DEP for final approval.
SELF-MONITORING REPORT REVIEW: All of the 67 permitted sewage treatment
facilities are required to submit monthly self-monitoring reports. These reports provide
information on effluent quality and quantity. Any level that significantly or chronically
exceeds the permitted levels could be cause to issue orders for corrective action.
COMPLAINTS: In the course of a year, between 200 to 300 complaints are received and
handled by the Water Pollution Control Section. Most of the complaints concern sewer
overflows, sewer line breaks or blockages, odors from permitted facilities, sewage
backups into homes, stream pollution, drainage from an unknown source, and
malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems. While most complaints are resolved quickly,
approximately 15% require long-term effort to abate.
ON-LOT SEWAGE SYSTEMS: These are individual sewage systems, also known
as septic systems, located on a piece of property and serving a specific structure.
Permitting activities are carried out by the Public Drinking Water & Waste Management’s
Plumbing Section.
TRAINING: Training is provided, on request, to wastewater industry personnel and
municipal officials on topics such as laboratory analysis methods, confined space entry,
treatment technologies, and any other relevant subjects. Technical assistance is also
provided to aid in the development of a variety of plans needed to operate and maintain
the wastewater facility.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Emergency situations actually or potentially affecting one or
more wastewater facilities are investigated on a 24-hour basis. Emergencies involving
the failure of a plant or pump station will take precedence over all other activities.
SPECIAL PROJECTS: A limited number of special projects are undertaken each year.
These projects include stream surveys centered on sampling and analysis with
identification of pollutant sources, and intensive work with other regulatory agencies
and municipalities to solve severe or wide-ranging problems with specific sewerage
collection and conveyance systems.
ENFORCEMENT: A variety of enforcement tools are used to achieve compliance with
the regulations. These enforcement tools include issuing notices of violation, the filing
of criminal complaints, execution of Consent Order & Agreements, and instituting equity
APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law;
Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection Rules and Regulations, Chapters 71, 72, 73, 92, 94, and 95; and the ACHD
Rules & Regulations Article XIV, ―Sewage Management,‖ as amended.
PHONE: (412) 350-5801
FAX: (412) 350-4424
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a health and supplemental nutrition
program for pregnant women; breastfeeding women up to 12 months postpartum; nonbreastfeeding women up to 6 months post-partum; infants and children up to 5 years of age
who have a medical/nutritional risk and meet financial eligibility criteria. Funding is provided
by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is administered by the Department of
Health at the State level and the Allegheny County Health Department at the local level.
There are 9 WIC offices located throughout Allegheny County. Specifically, WIC has sites in
Carnegie, Clairton, Downtown Pittsburgh, McKeesport, McKees Rocks, Mt. Oliver, Springdale,
Turtle Creek, and Wilkinsburg. The administrative office is located in Downtown Pittsburgh, as
SUPPLEMENTAL FOODS: Foods available through WIC provide nutrients that are
important in the diets of women, infants, and children at medical/nutritional risk. These
foods include milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, soy milk, tofu, whole grain breads, rolls,
tortillas, brown rice, peanut butter, or dried beans. A separate voucher for fresh, frozen
or canned fruits and vegetables is also provided. These foods contain key nutrients
needed to promote healthy growth. WIC is a supplemental food program and does not
provide all the food a woman may need for herself and her children.
Since breast milk is the ideal food for infants, WIC encourages breastfeeding. In
addition to foods provided above, extra milk, cheese, juice, eggs, and canned fish are
provided to breastfeeding women who receive no formula from the WIC Program. The
average value of WIC foods provided to participants each month is $75.00. For women
who do not breastfeed or those who partially breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified
formula for infants during the first year of life. A wide variety of special formulas such
as Nutramigen, Alimentum, and Pediasure are provided to infants and children with
special medical needs when prescribed by a physician. All infants receive jarred baby
fruits and vegetables and cereal at six months of age. Fully breastfed infants receive
jarred infant meats in addition.
The types and amounts of WIC food to be purchased each month are printed on a set of
food vouchers. The food vouchers are redeemed at any Pennsylvania WIC-authorized
retail grocery store selected by the participant. In Allegheny County, there are
approximately 95 retail grocery stores that are authorized to redeem WIC vouchers.
Special nutritional formulas are provided through the WIC Formula Distribution Center in
Lancaster, PA.
FARMER’S MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM: During the summer months, the WIC
Program also distributes vouchers to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and
vegetables at participating farmer’s markets and farm stands. Vouchers worth $20 are
distributed to pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, and children from 2 to 5
years of age.
BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION PROGRAM: The Breastfeeding Promotion Program is
designed to help increase the number of mothers who successfully breastfeed their
infants. The Breastfeeding Help Line (412-247-1000) provides counseling daily,
including weekends and holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to all breastfeeding
women in Allegheny County. Board-Certified Lactation Consultants also work with WIC
pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to educate them on the benefits of breastfeeding
and help them establish and continue this practice. A breast pump may be provided to
WIC breastfeeding women who meet WIC Program criteria. The Allegheny County
Breastfeeding Promotion Steering Committee works to eliminate barriers and establish
breastfeeding as the preferred infant feeding method.
NUTRITION EDUCATION: Nutrition information is provided to all WIC participants to
ensure that foods will be used properly to improve the dietary and health habits of the
entire family. Each WIC office has at least one nutritionist on its staff that counsels
participants on nutrition-related concerns such as obesity and iron deficiency anemia.
The nutritionist helps the WIC participant set realistic goals to achieve desired eating
Beyond offering nutrition education, the WIC Program is involved in addressing other
areas of maternal and child health, such as educating participants about the dangers of
drugs, alcohol and tobacco use. Children needing immunizations are referred to their
health care provider or the Health Department Immunization Clinic. WIC promotes good
dental health for children and refers them to the Health Department Dental Clinics. Lead
screening is done by a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program nurse in three
WIC offices.
REFERRALS: WIC provides limited referrals to health and social services. Participants
not receiving medical services are encouraged to seek and maintain appropriate care.
Families whose children do not have health insurance are referred to children’s health
insurance programs available in Pennsylvania. WIC also offers participants the
opportunity to register to vote as part of the Pennsylvania Motor Voter Initiative.
ENROLLMENT: WIC is currently serving approximately 16,000 participants in Allegheny
County and has funding to serve more applicants. To enroll, the applicant’s health care
provider must complete a WIC application form. These are available on the Health
Department’s WIC website at www.achd.net/wic or by calling 412-350-5801. The WIC
Program staff will review the completed application to determine the medical/nutritional
risk and will review income sources to determine financial eligibility. If eligible, the
applicant will be contacted by the WIC Program and given an appointment to be enrolled
in the WIC office of their choice. WIC encourages all potentially eligible individuals to
apply for WIC Program benefits.
Carnegie – 115  
School House, Suite 110
1100 Washington Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone: (412) 278-2510
FAX: (412) 278-2521
Days: Monday – Friday
One Saturday a month
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McKeesport – 112 
Wander Building
339 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: (412) 664-8870
FAX: (412) 664-8857
Days: Monday – Friday
Two Saturdays a month
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Springdale – 106
830 Pittsburgh Street
Springdale, PA 15144
Phone: (724) 274-6411
FAX: (724) 275-1081
Days: Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Clairton – 113
Clairton Health Center
559 Miller Avenue
Clairton, PA 15025
Phone: (412) 641-3267
FAX: (412) 233-5004
Days: Every Monday and/or
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McKees Rocks – 145
Focus on Renewal Center (FOR)
710 Thompson Avenue
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Phone: (412) 331-5410
(412) 331-5329
Days: Monday—Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Turtle Creek – 127
Westinghouse Valley Human
Service Center
519 Penn Avenue
Turtle Creek, PA 15145
Phone: (412) 823-1333
FAX: (412) 823-1598
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Pittsburgh–147 
Investment Building, 3rd Floor
239 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 350-7240
FAX: (412) 350-6184
Days: Monday – Friday
Two Saturdays a month
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mt. Oliver – 136
UPMC South Pittsburgh Health
1630 Arlington Avenue
Mt. Oliver, PA 15210
Phone: (412) 481-2780
FAX: (412) 432-1650
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wilkinsburg – 120
Hosanna House
807 Wallace Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: (412) 241-3860
FAX: (412) 241-1364
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 Sites offering extended hours
upon need
 Sites offering Saturday hours
WIC Administrative Office
Investment Building, 6 Floor
239 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 350-5801
Fax: (412) 350-4424
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PHONE: (412) 578-8318
FAX: (412) 578-8325
Allegheny Correctional Health Services, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to provide
medical services to those detained in the Allegheny County Jail. While it is a stand-alone
corporation, with its own board of directors and staff, the Allegheny County Health
Department provides budget and fiscal services and general administrative oversight.

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