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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.

 

Breastfeeding and Michigan’s New Law – Anytime Can Be The Right Time! (Posted 08/03/15)
     Michigan has instituted a law that accommodates and encourages women to breastfeed.  WIC staff members from the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency have planned special community events in each county to draw attention to the new law and to the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children. Come join us and be entered into a sweepstakes for gift certificates to local department stores or for a baby sling.  Refreshments will be provided.  Events are scheduled as follows:

  • Jonesville: Wednesday, August 5th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., G. Carl Fast Memorial Park;

  • Coldwater: Thursday, August 6th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkhurst Park;

  • Three Rivers: Thursday, August 13th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Three Rivers Farmers’ Market

 

What to Do During a Boiled Water Advisory (Posted 07/31/2015) 
When necessary, boiled water advisories are issued by your public utility as a preventative measure. Boil water advisories are distributed when the water system has either recently tested positive for the presence of organisms that could cause illness (e.g. fecal or E. coli bacteria), or technical/physical problems in the water system have significantly increased the possibility of bacterial contamination. If you find yourself in an area during a boiled water advisory, certain precautions should be taken to ensure your water is free of illness-causing organisms. This FAQ can assist you by answering some of the most common questions associated with what to do during boiled water advisories.

 

Upcoming Changes Impacting Noncommunity Water Supplies (Posted 7/31/15)
Now available on YouTube, is a 21 minute video describing upcoming changes impacting noncommunity water supplies (NCWS).  Introduction to the Michigan Revised Total Coliform Rule  This presentation is intended for water system owners and operators.

 

“Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Gets a Perfect Score, Again!” (Posted 07/27/2015)
There is much to celebrate at the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. For a second cycle in a row, the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program has conferred on the tri-county district health department its highest honor - an “Accreditation with Commendation.”   A presentation of the award was made at the July 23rd Board of Health meeting, held in Three Rivers, Michigan.

 

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Protects the Tri-counties From Emergencies and Disasters Through National “Public Health Ready” Recognition Program (Posted 07/24/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. The local health department demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency joins a cohort of more than 400 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.

 

Public Health Views and News - Summer Edition (Posted 07/23/2015)
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about: Influenza A - Animal Infections and Human Risks - what are the risks of transmission of Influenza A strains from animals to humans?; County Health Insurance Status Updates -  latest statistics concerning health insurance enrollment for the Healthcare.gov Marketplace and the Healthy Michigan Plan; Health Department Receives Another Perfect Accreditation Score! - the Health Department celebrates its Accreditation with Commendation status; and BHSJ CHA Earns National Project Public Health Ready Recognition - the Health Department receives special recognition by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News is a free electronic publication distributed by your local health department to tri-county health professionals to help keep you informed about new and/or emerging public health issues. 

 

Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands (Posted 07/09/2015)
     Stroll down the aisle and enjoy the colors of Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. Smell the sweet scent of freshly-picked oregano or cilantro. Take a bite and taste the flavor of a juicy, sweet, red strawberry. These are just a few of the tastes and aromas you can enjoy when you attend a local Farmers Market or Roadside Stand.  Many local Farmers Markets accept Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh coupons.  Contact your local county health department office to find out if you are eligible for one of these supplemental nutrition programs..

 

FY 13/14 BHSJ CHA Annual Report Released (Posted 07/06/2015)
 The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is pleased to release it's FY 2013/14 Annual Report.  The theme for this year's report is collaboration.  Collaboration is key to successful community health improvement. The Institute of Medicine suggests that the community, health care delivery system, employers and businesses, media, academia, and governmental public health infrastructure all play an important role in improving the health of people. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like to recognize its staff and partner agencies, who together, work diligently to improve the communities' health.

 

Make Pool-time – a Safe-time! (Posted 06/19/2015)
 The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers advice for all residents on how to stay safe while enjoying swimming pools this summer.  An addition, we have posted new signage and educational information on our 'Swimming Pool' webpage. Be sure to download and use these ready-made materials to help educate your pool guests.  Remember to keep your pool-time -  a safe-time!

 

Barbeques, Picnics and Open Houses …. Prepare Your Foods Safely! (Posted 06/04/2015)
Everyone loves the foods of summer – potato salad, burgers and brats on the grill, fresh fruit salads -- and whether you are gathering for a barbeque, packing a picnic or hosting an open-house, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is here to answer some of your questions regarding summer foods and how to handle them. 


 

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!

 

Stormy Weather is in the Air (Posted 05/15/2015)
The 2015 Spring Season has brought with it storms and high winds with the potential for downed wires and power outages. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants you to be prepared in the event of a severe storm and offers the following strategies in case of tornadoes, down wires and/or power outage situations so that you can be safe.

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 5/13/15)
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.

 

Pregnant and Smoking - We Can Help! (Posted 05/07/2015)
For many pregnant women who are expecting, Sunday may be their first Mother’s Day and while Mother’s Day is often a time for mothers to receive gifts, it can also be a time for a mom-to-be to give a gift to both their babies and themselves. That gift is the gift of being smoke-free!  If you are pregnant and smoke, the health department can assist you with signing up for the Quitline.  Mention you are pregnant and you can earn rewards that you can use to buy things for you and your baby.

 

Farm Animals and Disease Prevention (Posted 03/20/2015)
Trips to farms and petting zoos can be fun for small children, while caring for and handling animals for exhibition purposes can be very rewarding for young adults. But contracting a disease from an animal is neither fun nor rewarding. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is currently investigating a possible outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis associated with the handling of farm animals.

 

Public Health Views and News - Winter Edition (Posted 02/26/2015)
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about:  E-Cigarettes and Public Health 2015 - what are the dangers associated with using ENDS and why nicotine usage should be regulated; Updates from the Field...Measles and Influenza -  latest statistics and information on these two outbreaks; and Special Marketplace Open Enrollment for Tax Season - who is eligible for the upcoming Special Enrollment Period between (March 15 and April 30, 2015).  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News is a free electronic publication distributed by your local health department for tri-county health professionals to help keep you informed about new and/or emerging public health issues.  

 

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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