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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.


Pumpkin – A Thanksgiving Tradition (Posted 11/24/2014)
There are conflicting reports as to whether pumpkins were a part of the first Thanksgiving meal of the Pilgrims and the Indians, or whether it was the second Thanksgiving celebration the next year. We do know that pumpkins were a staple of the Indians long before the arrival of the pilgrims and have become a principle ingredient of our 21st century feast! When celebrating this Thanksgiving, give this healthy and WIC-friendly, pumpkin soup recipe a try!  It's both delicious and nutritious! 


Branch County Celebrates the Great American Smoke Out (Posted 11/19/14)

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. This year’s Great American Smokeout will be held on Thursday November 20th.


There’s More Than One Way to Cook A Turkey!(Posted 11/19/2014)
 Just as a detour causes a driver to find an alternate route, circumstances can alter the chosen cooking method for a turkey. An oven may fail at an inopportune time, a power outage may occur, and more than one large food item may need cooking. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, in conjunction with the USDA, provides guidance for those who want to venture away from the conventional oven to cook their Thanksgiving bird.  But whether your grill it, smoke it or over roast it in a electric oven, always remember:  Cook your turkey to an internal temperature of at least 165 °F as measured by a meat thermometer!   The Environmental Health Staff wishes you and yours a "Healthy and Turkey Safe Thanksgiving!"


Have No Fear – Open Enrollment is Here! (Posted 11/19/2014)

Are you tired of hunting around for the best health insurance deals? Having problems focusing in on what you need?   Afraid of missing the mark and incurring unnecessary penalties for having no insurance or inadequate coverage?   Have no fear - Open Enrollment for the Healthcare.gov Marketplace is here – and the Branch-Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency is available to help!   Health insurance season is upon us and time is short. To learn more about the marketplace and how to obtain the healthcare coverage you can afford, visit our website at www.bhsj.org or stop into one of our three locations.


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 11/6/14)
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.


CHC Connect Receives MDCH Director’s Award! (Posted 11/04/2014)
CHC Connect, the new school-based tele-health program available in Coldwater, Bronson and Quincy Junior and Senior High Schools, was the recipient of the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Director’s Award. The award was presented during the State of Michigan’s 2014 Premier Public Health Conference on October 22nd. The program was recognized for its innovative use of technology to solve a community-wide school nursing shortage in a collaborative way. The project, headed by the Community Health Center of Branch County and in partnership with Branch County ISD, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Center and Coldwater, Bronson and Quincy Community schools, was one of three projects to receive this year’s award.  


WIC: Cutting the Fat Out of Your Diet and Budget!  (Posted 10/29/2014)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like you to know…. WIC cuts the fat out of your diet and your budget! Now moms and children, ages 2 to 5 years, can receive the same amount of vitamin D, calcium and protein as before, but without the excess fat and calories. Effective September 15th, Michigan WIC changed their food package for pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women and their children 2 years and older. The change replaces 2% milk with skim, ½% and 1% milk.  This change is one way WIC can help fight childhood obesity!


Ebola - FAQ (updated 10/16/2014)
Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, through this FAQ, provides reliable information regarding Ebola, including: what it is, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented.  More information is available from the Michigan Department of Community Health.


MDCH Updates - Enterovirus D68 (Posted 10/01/2014)
 The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that 25 patients out of 34 persons tested so far are positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Most were hospitalized and one patient, a child less than 1 year of age from Washtenaw County, developed lower extremity paralysis.  The nation is currently experiencing an outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory disease. Michigan has seen an increase in severe respiratory illness in children across the state, and the department is working with the CDC, Michigan local health departments and hospitals to monitor the increase.  Enteroviruses are common in the fall.  There are no vaccinations or treatment available.  Prevention through good personal hygiene is the most effective protection.


Public Health Views and News - Summer Edition (Posted 09/11/2014)
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about:  Public Fluoridation and Dental Health and why it's important for your dental health; Human Enterovirus D68 - what we know about this emerging disease; and Updates for 2014-15 Influenza Season - which strains of the flu are predicted for the 2014/15 Influenza season.  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 for tri-county health professionals to help keep you informed about new and/or emerging public health issues.  


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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