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Current calendars that show dates and times for some of the services we offer including:  WIC, immunizations, food manager classes, and free parenting classes.

 

The ABCs of Infant Safe Sleep Practices (Posted 09/28/2016)
September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observance, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reminding parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to substantially reduce the infant death rate in Michigan.  The message is as simple as ABC.  All infants need to sleep:  Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib!

 

Tailgating Touchdowns for Food Safety! (Posted 09/23/2016)
When it comes to football, defense matters. When it comes to planning a tailgate party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is urging fans to follow the food safety play book at the tailgate parties they host.  Playing by the rules will help everyone enjoy the game...  and their food..  safely!
 

Updated Guidance Available for Unsafe Contaminants in Fish (Posted 09/23/2016)
The MDHHS Toxicology and Response Section has released the 2016 Eat Safe Fish Guide.  These guides are grouped regionally and break down by county how often it is safe to eat certain fish species from various water bodies.  The MDHHS Lab tests only the edible sections of the fish - primarily the filet - for a large suite of chemical contaminants.  In addition to the Guides, we also have other free Eat Safe Fish print materials available for you to distribute.  To learn more, get a free copy  of  your regional 2016 Eat Safe Fish Guide, or request a quantity of any of our other free printed materials, visit www. michigan.gov/eatsafefish or call 1-800-648-6942.

 

2016 Project Connect & Veterans Stand Down (Posted 09/23/2016)
The 2016 Project Connect & Veterans Stand Down takes place on Friday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Glen Oaks Community College, 62249 Shimmel Road, Centreville, MI.   This year's theme is "Connect with all YOUR Community has to offer you!"Project Connect offers lots of information and free onsite services including:  free meal onsite, free coats, free food box, free haircuts and free medical health screenings, free flu shots and much more!.  Veterans Stand Down helps vets link to important veterans resources.  Free transportation to the event can be arranged 48 hours prior by calling 269-273-7808 or 800-964-5700.  Get connected by attending Project Connect!   

 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (Posted 09/20/2016)
More than one in three high school students living in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties are overweight or obese, according to the 2015-16 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey (MiPhy) findings.  Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented.  In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages parents to follow these recommendations for a healthy lifestyle that will benefit their children throughout their lives.

 

Michigan Radon Workshops: Reducing Radon in New Construction (Posted 09/13/2016)
People building a new home understand the excitement and challenge of getting it just right. Hours are spent picking out cabinets, flooring and fixtures. But just how much time is spent in making sure the home is ‘radon’ safe?   The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to assist builders, building officials, realtors and others in knowing how to build homes and facilities that comply with national standards for radon resistant new construction and is promoting the ‘Michigan Radon Workshop: Reducing Radon in New Construction.’   The half-day conference, which costs $35 and includes a continental breakfast along with all workshop materials, is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The conference is scheduled for  October 25, 2016 at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Michigan.  To  register, visit Michigan Radon Workshops:  Reducing Radon in New Construction  or call 517-284-6888. 

 

New Public Health Dental Clinic in Coldwater! (Posted 9/8/2016)
Coldwater will soon be the new home of a public health dental center operated by My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (MCDC) on behalf of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The center will serve children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Delta Dental Healthy Kids, MiChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan, as well as low income, uninsured persons. The center will also serve persons with private insurance.  Dr. Jacquelyn Merriman D.D.S. and her staff joined the network of MCDC offices in August and is now accepting new patients as a MCDC provider. Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment can call 877-313-6232

 

Public Health Views and News - Special Edition - Zika Virus (Posted 08/19/16)
In this Special Edition  of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News receive the latest updates and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services concerning Zika.  In this edition, learn more about:  Zika Virus Epidemiology- including modes of transmission and signs and symptoms; Diagnoses and Testing for Zika -  how to request testing from the State Laboratory through the local health department; Types of Testing for Zika Virus -including the types of specimens needed for testing; Michigan Flowchart:  Authorization of Specimens for Zika Virus - view the protocol for determining who should be tested;  and Mosquito Surveillance for Aedes Vectors - local public health efforts to identify Aedes mosquitoes.  

 

Warm Weather, Bats and Rabies! (Posted 08/17/2016)
Hot days followed by warmer nights are here, meaning that windows are open most of the time. It’s the time of year that bats can easily find their way into your home… do you know what to do if you encounter a bat?

 

Back to School Immunizations! (Posted 08/12/2016)
As students head back to school, be sure they have everything they need on the first day -- especially their back-to-school immunizations. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccinations. Making sure that a child receives all his/her vaccinations on time is one of the most important things that a parent can do to ensure their child's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.  Because vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and others, are still being reported in Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph and their neighboring counties, the health department wants to remind parents that the best way to protect their children and their families from diseases is to immunize.

 

Good Hygiene Practices for Healthy Fair Attendance (Posted 8/9/16)
It’s fair time and that means lots of fun. There are funnel cakes, cotton candy and lemonade made fresh in a cup. There are also barns full of animals, with lots of people walking through them. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages fair attendees to practice good hygiene while visiting the fair.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported at least two cases of variant influenza A/H3N2 (H3N2v), both of whom were swine exhibitors at a county fair. In addition, the health department has been notified that a pig, shown last week at another county fair, has tested positive for the same Influenza A virus. While practicing good hygiene anywhere is always important, practicing it at the fair this year is even more so.

 

First Human West Nile Case Reported for 2016 (Posted 08/01/2016)
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) reported in Michigan for 2016.  The person is an older adult and resides in Livingston County.  The health department is encouraging residents to take simple precautions that can help avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – Remove standing water; Repel mosquitoes with insect repellents; Repair or replace torn screens on windows and doors.  

 

WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 06/28/2016)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2016 WIC Income Guidelines.  Effective July 1st, these new income guidelines increase the income eligibility threshold so that more women, infants and children can receive healthy WIC foods.  Now a family of four can make an annual income up to $44,955 and qualify for WIC.  This equates to an hourly wage of $21.61.

 

What to Do About Food When You Have No Power  (Posted 06/22/2016) 
Power outages from weather emergencies compromise the safety of stored food, but consumers can take steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency suggests you take appropriate steps to safeguard your cold and frozen foods when faced with a power outage. 

 

Project Fresh Produce + WIC Foods = Delicious Nutrition! (Posted 06/22/2016)
Delicious apples, juicy peaches, yummy blueberries, all Michigan grown fruits, that can be purchased at road side stands. Summer provides parents and children an opportunity to experience the taste of Michigan in new and exciting ways.   Through Project Fresh, mothers and children who receive WIC benefits, can now pick up their coupons and use them to purchase fresh produce at participating farmer’s markets.  Combine your fresh produce purchases with other WIC foods to make recipes that pack a nutritious punch!  To receive more healthful recipes, informative tips, regular updates and announcements about upcoming events, go to www.Facebook.com/bhsjwic and “Like” our page.   

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 2/4/16)
As of June 30, 2009, all food service establishments are required to employ a minimum of one certified managerial employee.  There are classes scheduled throughout the year

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Shingles – Don’t Suffer – Get the Shot! (Posted 11/6/15)
Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles (also known as zoster or herpes zoster) in their lifetime.  About half of all cases occur in men and women 60 years old or older. That’s why the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is recommending those individuals get vaccinated against shingles. If you are 60 years and older and lack health insurance that covers the shingles vaccination, the health department maybe able to help.  Through the Michigan Adult Vaccine Replacement program, the health department has received a limited supply of free vaccine to administer to eligible participants. Call now to learn if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment.  Get the Shot - Not Shingles!

 

Healthy Michigan Plan Is Here! (Posted April 1, 2014)
Looking for health care coverage that works for your health and your budget? As of April 1st, there's a new option to help working people get healthy — at a cost that fits the budget. It's the Healthy Michigan Plan. Through the Healthy Michigan Plan, Medicaid is expanded to adults who have incomes up to 133% of poverty.  For single individuals, this means an annual income up to $16,000.  For a family of four it means an annual income up to $33,000.  People shouldn't have to choose between taking care of their health and taking care of their bills.  With the Healthy Michigan Plan, they won’t have to.  Contact your local county health department office to learn if you qualify.

 

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