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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.


Public Meeting Notice (Posted 11/24/15)
Pursuant to the Open Meetings Ace, Act 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Board of Health will hold a Work Session on December 4, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Coldwater office located at 570 N. Marshall, Coldwater, Michigan  49036.


Be Prepared and Aware! (Posted 11/23/15)
With the holiday season getting underway and gas prices at an all-time low since 2008, AAA is predicting that 1.5 million Michiganders will be on the roads traveling this holiday weekend. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you that, with a little preparation, your winter trips can be safer when you consider following our tips.


Hillsdale Community Health Needs Assessment is Underway - Take the Survey!  (Posted 11/23/2015)
Hillsdale Community Health Center is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Survey to better understand the health concerns and needs in Hillsdale and its surrounding communities. The information obtained from the CHNA will be used to identify the most important needs as stated by you and to develop strategies by the hospital and its partners to address these issues. The survey only takes about 3-5 minutes to complete and is available at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GRKCDJ


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 11/2315)
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.


Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner?  Yep... There's An App for That! (Posted 11/20/15)
Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece—the turkey—is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants consumers to know that a range of resources are available to assist them in this holiday feat through the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). If you have questions, you can call the Meat and Poultry Hotline which will be staffed with helpful experts, even on Thanksgiving Day. Call 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food expert. Chat online with a food safety expert via your computer by going to AskKaren.gov. Someone is always available via chat from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.  Or download Foodkeeper to plan out your meals and your shopping list.


Quit Like a Champion: Here’s How! (Posted 11/18/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging tobacco users throughout the county to mark November 19th on their calendars. November 19th is the date for this year’s Great American Smokeout, and it’s the perfect day for tobacco users to take important steps towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing heart disease and cancer risk.  Setting a date, making a plan and committing to it can set you on the path to being tobacco-free and improving your overall health!


Open Enrollment for 2016 – It’s Started! (Posted 11/09/15)
          With Veteran’s Day right around the corner, the open enrollment dates for the 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace may hold real promise for family members of Veterans who are not enrolled in a VA health care program and who do not meet the current coverage standards stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Between November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, these family members can apply online to the Health Insurance Marketplace to get coverage. But open enrollment is not limited just to Veteran families, it is also open to you if you need health insurance or are looking to do some comparison shopping for your current policy.  Call today to talk to one of our certified in-person assisters!


Health Officials Report: Third Case of Rabies Found in Local Bats (Posted 11/06/2015)
Yesterday, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency confirmed that another bat has tested positive for rabies. This is the third positive animal rabies case in Branch County since May of 2015. While there was no human exposure with this case, there was possibly some pet exposure. Earlier in the fall, an adult was exposed to a rabid bat and is currently undergoing treatment. The first bat tested positive in May and the exposure resulted in treatment.


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!


Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness (Posted 10-19-15)
With winter months approaching, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to be safe from the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold weather and heating season. To bring awareness to the issue, Governor Snyder has proclaimed this week, October 19 – 24, as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.




Achoo! Could it be the Flu? (Posted 10/01/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging all tri-county residents to protect themselves by getting flu shots. Steve Todd, Health Officer for the tri-county health department states “The availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself and your family.”  Everyone over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot.  Call to schedule your appointment today!


New FAQ - Impetigo (Posted 09/24/2015)

Impetigo, is a  common, communicable skin infection caused by Staphylococcus (staph) or Streptococcus (strep) bacteria. Impetigo commonly occurs when strep or staph bacteria enter the skin through cuts or insect bites. It can also develop in intact, healthy skin, particularly in children.  Learn how to impetigo spreads, is treated and can be prevented by downloading this new FAQ.



Tobacco-Free School Policies Passed in Branch County Schools, Hillsdale County Schools and St. Joseph County Schools (Posted 9/15/15)
Boards of Education in 14 out of 23 school districts within Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph Counties have passed a 24/7 Tobacco-Free School Policy.  The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within any building, and within any vehicle that is owned, leased, or operated by the school district.  Use of tobacco products is also prohibited at all school sponsored events and on any real property owned, leased, or operated by the school district.  This policy applies to all employees, students, contractors and visitors on the premises of the school district and at all school sponsored events. 


Helping Youth Stay Tobacco-Free in the New School Year (Posted 9/15/15)
According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11.8% of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, 6.9% use smokeless tobacco, and 10.7% currently smoked cigars. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids notes that there are 10,300 new youth smokers each year in Michigan, and 213,000 kids alive today in Michigan will eventually die from tobacco-related disease. In addition, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. Current e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014, and among middle school students, current e-cigarette use more increased from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014.


Upcoming Changes Impacting Noncommunity Water Supplies (Posted 7/31/15)
Now available on YouTube, is a 21 minute video describing upcoming changes impacting noncommunity water supplies (NCWS).  Introduction to the Michigan Revised Total Coliform Rule  This presentation is intended for water system owners and operators.


Public Health Views and News - Summer Edition (Posted 07/23/2015)
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about: Influenza A - Animal Infections and Human Risks - what are the risks of transmission of Influenza A strains from animals to humans?; County Health Insurance Status Updates -  latest statistics concerning health insurance enrollment for the Healthcare.gov Marketplace and the Healthy Michigan Plan; Health Department Receives Another Perfect Accreditation Score! - the Health Department celebrates its Accreditation with Commendation status; and BHSJ CHA Earns National Project Public Health Ready Recognition - the Health Department receives special recognition by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News is a free electronic publication distributed by your local health department to tri-county health professionals to help keep you informed about new and/or emerging public health issues. 


WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 06/01/2015)
Coldwater, MI. Some blame it on the drought in western states. Others blame it on the bird flu hitting the poultry industry. Regardless of the reasons, food prices are high and are expected to increase. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the average monthly cost of feeding a family of four to be between $568 to over $1,100 per month, depending on how thrifty or liberal the family shops.  The good news is that by signing up for WIC,  families with young children can reduce their monthly grocery bill by more than $40 per month - per participant.  Let WIC help you save dollars and improve your family's nutrition - sign up today!


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.


Communicable Disease Data (Updated Monthly)
Up to date tracking of the most common communicable diseases including; chicken pox, flu, head lice, hepatitis and tuberculosis.


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