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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 Health Views and News - Special Edition - Zika Virus (Posted 08/19/16)
In this Special Edition  of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News receive the latest updates and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services concerning Zika.  In this edition, learn more about:  Zika Virus Epidemiology- including modes of transmission and signs and symptoms; Diagnoses and Testing for Zika -  how to request testing from the State Laboratory through the local health department; Types of Testing for Zika Virus -including the types of specimens needed for testing; Michigan Flowchart:  Authorization of Specimens for Zika Virus - view the protocol for determining who should be tested;  and Mosquito Surveillance for Aedes Vectors - local public health efforts to identify Aedes mosquitoes.  

 

Yes, You Can Afford a Healthy Smile! (Posted 8/19/16)
Two new Dental Centers opening in the tri-county area.  My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) will be opening new Dental Centers in both Sturgis and Coldwater.  They accept Medicaid, MiChild, Healthy Michigan Plan, private insurance, and the uninsured with a full range of general dentistry services.  Call now to schedule an appointment:  877-313-6232.

 

Warm Weather, Bats and Rabies! (Posted 08/17/2016)
Hot days followed by warmer nights are here, meaning that windows are open most of the time. It’s the time of year that bats can easily find their way into your home… do you know what to do if you encounter a bat?

 

Back to School Immunizations! (Posted 08/12/2016)
As students head back to school, be sure they have everything they need on the first day -- especially their back-to-school immunizations. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccinations. Making sure that a child receives all his/her vaccinations on time is one of the most important things that a parent can do to ensure their child's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.  Because vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and others, are still being reported in Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph and their neighboring counties, the health department wants to remind parents that the best way to protect their children and their families from diseases is to immunize.

 

Good Hygiene Practices for Healthy Fair Attendance (Posted 8/9/16)
It’s fair time and that means lots of fun. There are funnel cakes, cotton candy and lemonade made fresh in a cup. There are also barns full of animals, with lots of people walking through them. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages fair attendees to practice good hygiene while visiting the fair.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported at least two cases of variant influenza A/H3N2 (H3N2v), both of whom were swine exhibitors at a county fair. In addition, the health department has been notified that a pig, shown last week at another county fair, has tested positive for the same Influenza A virus. While practicing good hygiene anywhere is always important, practicing it at the fair this year is even more so.

 

Skin Cancer (Posted 08/01/2016)
    Spending hours in the sun to get that great tan is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. Between1982 to 2011, rates of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubled according to a 2015 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet as much as 20% of future cases can be prevented. 

 

First Human West Nile Case Reported for 2016 (Posted 08/01/2016)
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) reported in Michigan for 2016.  The person is an older adult and resides in Livingston County.  The health department is encouraging residents to take simple precautions that can help avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – Remove standing water; Repel mosquitoes with insect repellents; Repair or replace torn screens on windows and doors.  

 

Involuntary Secondhand Smoke Exposure High in Multiunit Housing (Posted 08/01/2016)
Americans living in multiunit housing, such as apartments, condominiums, duplexes or townhouses, are more likely to use tobacco products and less likely to have smoke-free home rules than people living in single-family housing.   In a first of its kind national study, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers also found that about 34 percent of multiunit housing residents who have adopted voluntary smoke-free home rules have recently been exposed to secondhand smoke that entered their home from nearby living units or shared areas.

 

What to Do to Beat the Heat! (Posted 07/21/2016)
Each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.  On average, approximately 300 people die each year from exposure to heat.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recommends that everyone understand the warning signs of heat illness and what steps to take to avoid getting ill.

 

WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 06/28/2016)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2016 WIC Income Guidelines.  Effective July 1st, these new income guidelines increase the income eligibility threshold so that more women, infants and children can receive healthy WIC foods.  Now a family of four can make an annual income up to $44,955 and qualify for WIC.  This equates to an hourly wage of $21.61.

 

FY 14/15 BHSJ CHA Annual Report Released (Posted 06/27/2016)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is pleased to release it's FY 2014/15 Annual Report.  This year's report focuses on charting a course for the future which strives towards excellence and builds upon past achievements.  Planning for success involves knowing where you have been, what you have done well and understanding the environment in which you work.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recognizes both its Board of Health and its staff for their valuable contributions and efforts to promote optimal health, prevent disease and protect the public's health. 

 

What to Do About Food When You Have No Power  (Posted 06/22/2016) 
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. 

 

Project Fresh Produce + WIC Foods = Delicious Nutrition! (Posted 06/22/2016)
Delicious apples, juicy peaches, yummy blueberries, all Michigan grown fruits, that can be purchased at road side stands. Summer provides parents and children an opportunity to experience the taste of Michigan in new and exciting ways.   Through Project Fresh, mothers and children who receive WIC benefits, can now pick up their coupons and use them to purchase fresh produce at participating farmer’s markets.  Combine your fresh produce purchases with other WIC foods to make recipes that pack a nutritious punch!  To receive more healthful recipes, informative tips, regular updates and announcements about upcoming events, go to www.Facebook.com/bhsjwic and “Like” our page.   

 

Backyard Barbeques Just Got Healthier! (06/17/2016)
Fresh fruits, veggies and grilled meats - summer is the perfect time to start making healthier eating choices and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is here to help. “Backyard barbeques that feature grilled vegetables and lean meats is a healthier alternative to heavily processed foods, which are usually high in fat” says Paul Andriacchi, Environmental Health Director. “Grilling smart means knowing what to grill and the healthiest ways to prepare your food.” To help you make smart and healthy choices, the health department suggests that you start with lean meats; don't over cook the meat; use marinades; and load up on vegetables. 

 

Case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Identified (Posted 06/17/2016)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency was notified on June 16th by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) of a case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). The case occurred in a child residing in neighboring Cass County. This is the first confirmed contracted case of the disease in Michigan since 2009.  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a very serious bacterial infection, which can be fatal in the first eight days of symptoms, if not treated correctly. 

 

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.

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 2/4/16)
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

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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!

 

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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