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Current Clinic &
Current calendars that show dates and times
for some of the services we offer including:
WIC, immunizations, and free parenting classes.
Third Death Related to Flu Occurs – How to Keep the
Bug Out (Posted 03/04/2014)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency is reporting the third death in the
tri-county area due to complications from influenza.
This is the second death in St. Joseph County. The
death occurred in an elderly man in an out-county
facility. In each of the three cases, there were
underlying conditions that may have been the root of
the problem, and it is unknown if any of the three
people had received a flu shot this season. “Some
years, we see the peak of the flu season hit in
March and April. While we have seen some decreases
in flu reports, we are not out of the woods yet”
states Health Officer Steve Todd. He adds “These
deaths serve to remind us of the importance of
vaccination. Getting your flu shot is the single
most effective way to prevent the flu from coming
into your household and infecting you and your
St. Joseph County Community Health Needs Assessment
Wonder what St. Joseph
County Health Agencies and Hospitals are planning to
address the health and medical needs of our
community. Check out this Community Health Needs
Assessment report developed in collaboration with
area health agencies and hospitals. A Community
Health Needs Assessment was developed to identify
local health and medical needs important to
residents of our county. The plan results are very
helpful and also suggest areas where individuals
like you and other local organizations and agencies
might work with us to deliver quality medical
services to St. Joseph County residents. Watch for
the special report in the March 1st Sturgis Journal,
and listen for special news casts on WBET/WHTD and
WLKM/WRCI radio stations through-out March.
Branch County Residents - Help Us Plan for a
Healthier Tomorrow! (Posted 02/28/2014)
In an effort to better
evaluate the health needs of the community and
determine methods to potentially meet those needs,
the Community Health Center of Branch County in
collaboration with the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph
Community Health Agency, and the Branch County
United Way is conducting a community needs
assessment. An on-line survey has been developed
and will be available for the public to take until
March 17. To participate in the survey, click on
Branch County Community Health Survey and
complete the online survey. The survey takes
on-average only three to five minutes to complete.
All Branch County residents 18 years and older are
encouraged to participate. By doing so, you can
help us plan for a healthier tomorrow!
Public Health Views and News (Posted 2/26/2014)
issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph
Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and
News, the health department takes a look at the
most common cause of gastrointestinal upset in
“Norovirus 2014.” Also included in this issue are
the latest tri-county influenza trends in “Flu
Updates.” “Medical Waste Inspections” describes the
health department’s involvement in a new Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality pilot project.
Learn more about how the health department is
helping residents sign up for health insurance
through its new in-person assister program in
“Health Insurance Deadline Approaches.” 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.
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.
Taking Action Against Heart Disease (Posted
Don’t forget that
National Wear Red Day is taking place on Friday,
February 7, 2014.
The staff at the
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency
will be wearing RED! By wearing red, we are
increasing awareness of the dangers that heart
disease poses in our country and right here in our
tri-county area. A heart attack can occur without
any previous symptoms or pain, so it is vital to
stay physically active, eat a balanced diet and know
the facts and warning signs. It is the leading
cause of death for both men and women, killing about
600,000 people in the United States annually –
that’s one out of every four deaths.
Need Assistance With Health Insurance Enrollment?
March 31st, the
deadline for mandatory health insurance, is quickly
approaching. Do I need to purchase a policy? What
policy should I purchase? Where can I get impartial
assistance? These are all questions the
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency
can help you get answers to with their new in-person
assister and navigator program. Call ahead for an
appointment and check out the Marketplace
Information button located on the side bar. March
31st is quickly approaching – don’t delay!
Frigid Forecast Means a Cold Start to 2014 (Posted
temperatures are in the forecast for the area and
the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency wants individuals and families to be safe
when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures.
Be sure to monitor the local weather reports and
take the necessary steps to stay safe during times
of extreme cold temperatures.
You Can Find Out in 30 Minutes or Less if You or
Your Children are Eligible for Health Care Coverage
Find out if you qualify
for MIChild, Healthy Kids, Plan FIRST! or MOMs.
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