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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.


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. 


Garden Grilled Delights! (Posted 07/09/2014)
 It’s that time of year when Michigan’s fresh produce is becoming abundant. Here, at the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, we would like to provide you a few tips you can use to prepare and grill garden produce that is sure to delight your taste buds.  Grilling fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy way to add nutrients to your diet and its easy and affordable, thanks to Project FRESH!  Contact your local WIC office to see if you qualify!


What to Do About Food When You Have No Power (Posted 07/01/2014)
 Power outages from weather emergencies compromise the safety of stored food, but consumers can take steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency suggests you take appropriate steps to safeguard your cold and frozen foods when faced with a power outage. 


New FAQ on Chikungunya (Posted on 06/26/2014)
Two Michigan residents have tested positive for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-borne disease that causes fever and severe joint pain within  3 to 7 days of being infected. While no known cases of CHIKV have originated from Michigan, Michigan residents who have recently traveled to the Caribbean or other places where outbreaks have occurred could be at risk.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has posted a new FAQ to help you better understand the signs and symptoms of this emerging disease, as well as how to prevent it.


2012/13 Annual Report (Posted 06/26/2014)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is proud to release its 2012/13 Annual Report, marking 40 years of excellent public health service to Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties.  Among this year’s accomplishments, we received the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Director’s Award for the Healthy Beginnings Program, Hillsdale County's evidenced-based, home visitation program for children 0 to 5 years and their families.  Our health education division released the Community Monitor:  100 Indices of Health, to assist local community organizations in planning and monitoring their efforts to improve the health status of the tri-county area.  We also participated in the Michigan Food Emergency Response Pilot Project, which seeks to integrate both internal and external investigative processes in order to improve our public health response to food borne outbreaks.  FY 2012/13 was a time of reflection and of looking forward, as we work to rebuild, retool and re-invigorate many of our long-term programs.


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#. 


Barbeque!  It’s ‘What’s for Dinner’ (Posted 05/23/2014)
 Days are getting warmer, baseball season is in full swing, and the summer cookout season is upon us. As you enjoy summer weekend barbecues this year, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you that safe grilling practices are the key to making your cookout a big hit with your guests  Just remember the four basics:  Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill!             


Don’t Let Ticks and Mosquitoes Feast On You! (Posted 5/23/14)
Now that summer is here and people are spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites. Tick and mosquito borne infections can cause illnesses.  During the past five years, the health department has received positive reports of Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis – all of which are spread through ticks and mosquitoes.


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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