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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.


Food For Thought (Posted 04/17/2015) 
Food For Thought is an annual newsletter distributed by the Environmental Public Health Food Program of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.  This issue focuses on Active Managerial Control and includes the most common violations cited during food services inspections and how to prevent these problems from occurring. 

County Health Rankings - 2015 (Posted 04/07/2015)
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency just posted updated powerpoints that are designed to help you understand the rankings and to see how Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties are doing in relation to its surrounding counties. 


Third Flu Associated Death Reported (Posted 3/30/15)
     The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting its third flu associated death this year, as the number of flu cases caused by Influenza B strain increase.  The adult who died last week was under the age of 65 “with underlying health conditions,” said Steve Todd, the tri-county health department’s health officer.


Easter's on its .....Weigh? (Posted 03/30/2015)
Hello Peter Cotton Tail… Hopping Down the Bunny Trail… Easter’s on its…. ‘Weigh’? Each year, children and adults alike, can’t wait for Easter morning to come when they can feast on chocolate bunnies, peeps and jelly beans galore! In fact, according to the National Confectioner’s Association, Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion in the year. In 2011, Americans spent more than $2 billion dollars on Easter candy and consumed more 7 billion pounds of it.


Six Good Reasons You Should Enroll Today! (Posted 03/30/2015)
Open enrollment for health insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace (Healthcare.gov) has come and gone – or has it? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have added a special enrollment period that began on March 15th and runs through April 30th. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers six good reasons why you should think about enrolling for healthcare coverage right now, if you or your family is without health insurance!


Board of Health Issues 2014 Certificates of Excellence (Posted 03/26/2015)
The 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 award.


Farm Animals and Disease Prevention (Posted 03/20/2015)
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! (Posted 3/20/2015)
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 household chemicals.


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 (Posted 02/26/2015)
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.  


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 2/10/15)
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, 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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Coldwater, MI  49036

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Hillsdale, MI 49242

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Three Rivers, MI  49093

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