What's New In Our Area
Current Clinic &
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 Flu is Still Here, Do I Have It? (Posted
Flu Season is NOT over! There has been a
recent spike in Influenza B cases in Branch
County. If you are experiencing symptoms
commonly associated with the flu, see your
doctor right away. If you don't have the
flu and want to make sure you don't get it, it
is not too late to get a flu shot to protect
yourself. Many pharmacies and doctors
still have vaccine available and getting a flu
shot is the best way to minimize chances of
contracting flu, or reducing its severity.
If you can't get a flu shot
make sure you are doing what you can to stop the
spread of the flu.
Board of Health Issues 2014 Certificates of
Excellence (Posted 03/26/2015)
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency’s Board of Health released its “Certificates
of Excellence” in food service for the year
2014. Awardees represent food establishments that
were able to meet stringent criteria during the
year. Ninety-six tri-county food service
establishments, including restaurants, bars,
catering kitchens and schools, received this year’s
Farm Animals and Disease Prevention (Posted
Trips to farms and
petting zoos can be fun for small children, while
caring for and handling animals for exhibition
purposes can be very rewarding for young adults. But
contracting a disease from an animal is neither fun
nor rewarding. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph
Community Health Agency is currently investigating a
possible outbreak of
Cryptosporidiosis associated with the
handling of farm animals.
Safety First When Handling Household Chemicals!
Home improvement store
aisles are filling up with weed killer, insecticides
and plant growers. While many of these products are
safe if used properly and according to
manufacturer’s instructions, they can create
potential health risks if mixed or used without
appropriate safeguards. The Branch-Hillsdale-St.
Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you
that safety should come first when working with
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph is offering the
PATH Program for FREE! (Posted 3/11/15)
St. Joseph County residents - 6 Mondays
beginning March 16th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
at 1110 Hill St. Three Rivers, MI 49093.
Branch County Residents - 6 Tuesdays
beginning March 17th from 1:00-3:00 pm at 570 N.
Marshall Rd. Coldwater, MI 49036
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) , a chronic
disease self-management program developed by
Stanford University, helps participants develop
the skills they need for the day-to-day
management their chronic disease. PATH is a
six-week workshop and covers topics such
as: healthy eating, relaxation techniques,
problem solving and communication skills.
Our instructors are certified and are ready to
help you get on the right path!
Public Health Views and News - Winter Edition
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph
Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and
News learn more about: E-Cigarettes and
Public Health 2015 - what are the dangers
associated with using ENDS and why nicotine usage
should be regulated; Updates from the
Field...Measles and Influenza - latest
statistics and information on these two outbreaks;
and Special Marketplace Open Enrollment for Tax
Season - who is eligible for the upcoming
Special Enrollment Period between (March 15 and
April 30, 2015). 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.
Don’t Snooze or You May Lose… Your Chance to
Enroll! (Posted 02/25/2015)
If you did not
enroll in a health insurance plan during the
Marketplace’s open enrollment period (November
15, 2014 to February 15, 2015), you may still
have one more opportunity! The Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have added a
special enrollment period for individuals and
families who did not have health coverage in
2014 and may be required to pay the “shared
responsibility payment” when they file their
2014 taxes. This special enrollment period will
allow those people to enroll in 2015 health
insurance coverage through the Marketplace. The
special enrollment dates begin March 15th and
run to April 30th.
Kids Count in Michigan (Posted 2/24/15)
The Kids Count in
Michigan 2015 Data Book was released in February,
2015. The 2015 Kids Count report examines county
level trends in child well-being and this year’s
book titled “Child and Family Well-being in
Michigan, it's Counties and Detroit’’ focuses on
economic issues and the growing disparities that
exist. The report ranks the 83 counties on 15
measures of child well-being with No. 1 ranking
being the best in the state. Trends over time are
available for 15 indicators and breakouts for rural,
midsized and urban counties are also available for
comparison purposes. Branch, Hillsdale and St.
Joseph Counties are considered mid-sized counties by
definition in this report, having populations that
fall within the 20,000 to 65,000 range.
Do One Thing (Posted 1/23/15)
“Being prepared for
disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job.
Many people don't know where to start, so they never
start at all. With Do 1 Thing you can take small
steps that make a big difference in an emergency.
Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy
for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your
community for emergencies or disasters. “
January is Radon Action Month (Posted 12/30/2014)
January is Radon
Action Month! Radon is an odorless, tasteless,
radioactive gas that naturally occurs in soil and
rock. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community
Health Agency wants to remind you that this is the
time of the year to test for Radon. Testing is easy
and inexpensive. Radon testing kits are available at
the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency and are free of cost. To pick up a testing
kit and for more information on radon, stop in at
one of our three convenient locations in Coldwater,
Hillsdale or Three Rivers.
Food Manager Certification Class (Updated
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.
Healthy Michigan Plan Is Here! (Posted April 1,
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
Disease Data (Updated
Up to date tracking of the most common
communicable diseases including; chicken pox, flu,
head lice, hepatitis and tuberculosis.
Information that was previously highlighted on the
front page of our web site.
What's New in Michigan & Nationally
Department of Community Health
Centers for Disease Control
Health News- World Health Organization