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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.

 

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! 

While teen pregnancy is down across the health jurisdiction, it still is occurring at higher rates than seen in other places in the state.  Parents have a much more significant impact than they realize and the following tips can help.  Please let me know if you have any questions - and as always - thank you so very much for your assistance in getting the word out!

 

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.  

 

National 'Tips' Campaign (Posted 03/02/2016) 
A brand-new series of emotionally powerful ads kick off the fifth year of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. The new ads tell moving, personal stories of Americans suffering from smoking-related illnesses, including heart disease, tooth loss, depression, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Meet Becky, an attorney from Ohio, who started smoking at 16 and now suffers from COPD.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is working with the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to promote the campaign as a way to assist people in want to quit smoking.

 

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.

 

Public Health Views and News - 2015 Fall Edition (Posted 12/3/2015)  
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about: Bedbugs - what are the risks of disease transmission and how to control them; Free Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccine Available -  BHSJ CHA is offering free zoster vaccine to individuals 60 years and older who lack health insurance coverage for the shot, but only while supplies last; Stats - Herpes Zoster - includes disease occurrence, repeat episodes, hospitalizations and deaths; and Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Brings New Tools to the Marketplace- learn more about what new, consumer-driven tools are being tested that can benefit both providers and consumers!

 

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!

 

WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 06/01/2015)
Coldwater, MI. Some blame it on the drought in western states. Others blame it on the bird flu hitting the poultry industry. Regardless of the reasons, food prices are high and are expected to increase. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the average monthly cost of feeding a family of four to be between $568 to over $1,100 per month, depending on how thrifty or liberal the family shops.  The good news is that by signing up for WIC,  families with young children can reduce their monthly grocery bill by more than $40 per month - per participant.  Let WIC help you save dollars and improve your family's nutrition - sign up today!

 

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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