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Current calendars that show dates and times for some of the services we offer including:  WIC, immunizations, and free parenting classes.


Paint those Easter Eggs! (Posted 04/16/2014)
Painting eggs is a big deal in homes with small children this week.   The WIC Program at the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like to offer some suggestions to help you and your family properly prepare your eggs, so as to assure they are safe to eat.  Remember, by signing up for WIC, you can help make all your family meals ‘egg’celent!


Food For Thought (Posted 04/04/2014)
 Food For Thought is an annual newsletter distributed by the Environmental Public Health Food Program of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency to local food service establishments and the community.  This issue of Food For Thought focuses on “Emergency Situations and How to Handle Them.”   Topics included are:  Interruption/Contamination of Water Supplies, Loss of Power, Sewage Backup and Clean Up Recommendations For Emergency Events.  Also included are the Certificate of Excellence Award Winners for 2013.


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.


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!  (Posted 03/14/2014)
March is National Nutrition Month® and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages everyone to ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.’  WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, supports National Nutrition Month®.  WIC offers free supplemental food, nutrition education / counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other health services to low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.  Through WIC, families can enjoy eggs, milk, cheese, juices rich in Vitamin C, cereals rich in iron, dry peas/beans or peanut butter, whole grain breads or tortillas, fruits and vegetables.  Lots of flavor and lots of choices to help you enjoy healthy eating!


Board of Health Issues Certificates of Excellence (Posted 3/14/14)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Board of Health has released its “Certificates of Excellence” in food service for the year 2013. Awardees represent food establishments that were able to meet stringent criteria during the year.  This year, 97 tri-county food service establishments, including restaurants, bars, catering kitchens and schools, are recipients of the award!


Parenting Classes Coming Soon!  (Posted 03/05/2014)
It’s not easy being a parent!  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is here to help!  We would like to extend to you the opportunity to learn some practical solutions to the everyday challenges of parenting your young child.   We are currently offering two parenting classes at the Hillsdale County Office, located at 20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, Michigan.  To register contact the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County Health Department at 517-437-7395, ext. 112.

1,2,3 Magic is scheduled for Tuesdays, March 18th and 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Love and Logic is scheduled for Tuesdays, April 1st through the 29th from 10 a.m. to noon.


St. Joseph County Community Health Needs Assessment (Posted 03/01/2014)
 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.


Public Health Views and News (Posted 2/26/2014)
In this 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 2/28/14)
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. 


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.


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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