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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 Water Fluoridation and Dental Health (Posted 08/28/2014)
Water fluoridation is recognized as one of the 10 greatest public health advancements of the 20th century. Community water fluoridation, along with school based dental sealant programs, are the two main public health measures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes for reducing dental decay in populations.   A fluoridated community water supply is a cost effective method to reduce tooth decay and improve oral health and results in a return on investment of $38 for every $1 dollar spent.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) FAQ (Posted 08/27/2014)
 Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common disease found among infants and children.  It is moderately contagious and can spread person-to-person by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, blisters or stools of infected individuals. To assist you in knowing the signs of HFMD and how to prevent it, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has added a new FAQ sheet on its website. 


Special Edition of the Public Health Views and News (Posted 8/14/14) 
This issue contains updates on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including:

  • Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients of Having EVD (CDC Health Advisory)

  • Confirmed, Probable and Suspect Cases and Deaths from EVD in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone (WHO)

  • Suspect Ebola Specific Notes Related to Specimen

  • Stopping the Ebola Outbreak Infographic

  • Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in US Healthcare Settings

Public Health Views and News is a free publication published by the health department for tri-county health professionals to help keep them informed about new and/or emerging public health issues.  


Getting More Than A Tattoo (Posted 8/13/2014)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning residents of a potential health problem associated with unopened bottles of ink and needles included in tattoo kits marketed and distributed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. FDA has confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of the company’s inks.


Breastfeeding:  A True Super Power!  (Posted 08/01/2014)
It makes children and their mothers healthier and stronger. It boosts babies’ immune systems, protecting them from illness and infection. It guards them against childhood obesity and diabetes. It nurtures a unique mother-child bond. It reduces women’s chance of breast and ovarian cancer and protects against post-partum depression. Pediatricians, healthcare experts, and millions of mothers all swear by it. What is it? It’s breastfeeding and it’s powerful!   If you are a WIC mom, a breastfeeding mom and/or understand the importance of breastfeeding, the health department would like to invite you and your family to attend the Michigan Annual Breastfeeding Walk, on Wednesday, August 6th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., held on the Capitol Lawn in Lansing Michigan. Call your local health department county office to find out more!


Creating Confident Caregivers
Creating Confident Caregivers uses the Savvy Caregiver Program for family members caring for a loved one with dementia and/or memory loss at home.  Two-hour sessions are held once a week for six weeks and are lead by staff trained in the program.  caregivers receive new information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective caregiving skills. 


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 6/27/14)
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. 


BHSJ CHA Gets New Phone System (Posted 06/19/2014)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has installed a new phone system in two of its county health department offices and has plans to install the system into the third office by mid-July.  The new voice-over-internet system will improve communication between the three offices, as well as provide significant cost savings for the agency.  Please listen to our prompts, as our menu options have changed.  All staff extensions now start with a ‘0’ and end with the ‘#’ key.  Hillsdale County staff phone extensions have moved from the 100 series to a 300 series.  So, for example, if you want to reach the Hillsdale County staff previously at 112 – you should now dial 0312#. 


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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