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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.

 

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.

 

FY 14/15 BHSJ CHA Annual Report Released (Posted 06/27/2016)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is pleased to release it's FY 2014/15 Annual Report.  This year's report focuses on charting a course for the future which strives towards excellence and builds upon past achievements.  Planning for success involves knowing where you have been, what you have done well and understanding the environment in which you work.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recognizes both its Board of Health and its staff for their valuable contributions and efforts to promote optimal health, prevent disease and protect the public's health. 

 

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.   

 

Public Health Views and News - 2016 Spring Edition (Posted 6/21/16)
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about: Public Health Dental Center Expansion and the two new sites planned for Coldwater and Sturgis; Adult Immunization in Michigan: Using the Standards to Increase Coverage and participate in this webinar to receive a FREE CEU; Fluoride Varnish Available Through WIC for children ages 6 months to 35 months; and Free Shingles Shots Still Available - for eligible persons. 

 

Backyard Barbeques Just Got Healthier! (06/17/2016)
Fresh fruits, veggies and grilled meats - summer is the perfect time to start making healthier eating choices and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is here to help. “Backyard barbeques that feature grilled vegetables and lean meats is a healthier alternative to heavily processed foods, which are usually high in fat” says Paul Andriacchi, Environmental Health Director. “Grilling smart means knowing what to grill and the healthiest ways to prepare your food.” To help you make smart and healthy choices, the health department suggests that you start with lean meats; don't over cook the meat; use marinades; and load up on vegetables. 

 

Case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Identified (Posted 06/17/2016)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency was notified on June 16th by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) of a case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). The case occurred in a child residing in neighboring Cass County. This is the first confirmed contracted case of the disease in Michigan since 2009.  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a very serious bacterial infection, which can be fatal in the first eight days of symptoms, if not treated correctly. 

 

Summertime and the Eating is Easy! (Posted 05/27/2016)
  Corn on the Cob…. hamburgers on the grill…. potato and macaroni salads….Just the mention of these yummy foods invokes thoughts of summer. The warmer weather conditions may be ideal for outdoor picnics and barbecues, but they also provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness. To make sure your summer picnics and back yard barbeques are enjoyed by all, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency reminds residents that during warm weather, it is especially important to take extra precautions and practice safe food handling.

 

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!  (Posted May 27, 2016)
This year, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is celebrating National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month by highlighting the health jurisdiction’s dramatic decrease in teen birth rates.  During 2014, 150 teenage girls, between 15 to 19 years became pregnant and had babies. This is down from 270 teens 10 years ago (2004). Yet more can be done. Learn how talking to teens about pregnancy prevention and relationships can make a big difference in their choices! 

 

World No Tobacco Day - 2016 (Posted 05/27/2016)
 Each year on May 31st, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.  If you are a tobacco user and would like assistance in kicking the habit, contact the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit online at https://michigan.quitlogix.org/

 

Health Department Holds a Mock Immunization Clinic Exercise (Posted 05/16/2016)
    The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency will hold a mock flu immunization exercise on Wednesday, May 25th at Bronson Jr./Sr. High School, to test the tri-county health department’s ability to distribute vaccines during a pandemic flu outbreak. The exercise is part of the requirements the health department must complete to comply with federal emergency preparedness response requirements.

 

AAA Releases 2016 Request for Proposals (Posted 5/11/16)
The Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (IIIC) is requesting grant proposals for each service approved in our planning and service area. The next three-year planning and contract cycle covers fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Please visit the AAA web page to download the RFP documents.  Thank you for your interest and commitment to serve older adults and family caregivers!

 

Infant Deaths Connected to Unsafe Sleep Practices (posted 03/29/2016)
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. After years of significant decline, Michigan’s infant death rate has held relatively steady since 2004, indicating that not all parents and caregivers are getting the message about safe sleep practices. By eliminating just the unsafe sleep deaths, infant mortality rate could be reduced below the national average.  

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 2/415)
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.

 

Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy FAQ (Posted 01/26/2016)
 Zika virus transmission is ongoing in the following South American and tropical countries: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, and Venezuela. While cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States, it does not appear to be in the country’s mosquito population as of yet. Zika virus poses serious problems for infants. The Zika virus appears to be connected to microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies who mothers were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes abnormal smallness of the head, and incomplete brain development. The CDC is recommending that pregnant women should consider postponing travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

 

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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