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Current Clinic & Program Calendars
Current calendars that show dates and times for some of the services we offer including:  WIC, immunizations, food manager classes, and free parenting classes.

 

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.

 

A Matter of Balance (Posted 5/11/15)
Free, community-based program that is proven to help improve overall health and wellness in a personal, encouraging setting.  A Matter of Balance, for increasing balance and reducing fall risks.  Learn how to manage your condition, instead of your condition managing you!

  • Branch County Burnside center- May 5,8, 12,15,19,22,26,29 time- 9:30am to 11am

  • St Joe County- CHA building-     June 16,18, 23,25,30,July 2, 7,9 time- 10am-12:30

 

Diabetes PATH Class (Posted 5/11/15)
Free, community-based program that is proven to help improve overall health and wellness in a personal, encouraging setting.  Diabetes PATH, for managing diabetes symptoms and making lifestyle changes that will empower you to lead a healthier, more satisfying life.  Learn how to manage your condition, instead of your condition managing you!

  • Branch County- CHA building    July 22, 29, AUG 5, 12,19,26 time4pm to 6:30

 

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.

 

Arsenic and Drinking Water – Know the Risks (Posted 05/06/2015)
Arsenic is known for being a deadly element and fears of contaminated water supplies have circulated for years. But, in many parts of Michigan, low levels of arsenic are commonplace and it has been found in local well water. Knowing what arsenic is and when to be concerned about its presence is fundamental to understanding if your health is at risk, and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is here to assist you with knowing the facts.

 

Morel Mushroom Hunting Puts the ‘Fun’ in Fungi! (04/23/2015)
    May marks the beginning of Morel mushroom season in Michigan. Morel mushrooms have a smoky taste and are delicious when sautéed in garlic butter or breaded and fried. In addition to being yummy, many people enjoy walking in the woods and looking for morels, which tend to spring up around dying trees or mossy places that have ample ground cover.  Hunting morels is a fun sport, but hunters need to beware.  The forest is full of morel look a-likes which should not be eaten. These ‘false’ morels can make the eater very ill and uncomfortable.

 

Food For Thought (Posted 04/17/2015) 
Food For Thought is an annual newsletter distributed by the Environmental Public Health Food Program of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.  This issue focuses on Active Managerial Control and includes the most common violations cited during food services inspections and how to prevent these problems from occurring. 

 

County Health Rankings - 2015 (Posted 04/07/2015)
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency just posted updated powerpoints that are designed to help you understand the rankings and to see how Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties are doing in relation to its surrounding counties. 

 

Board of Health Issues 2014 Certificates of Excellence (Posted 03/26/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Board of Health released its “Certificates of Excellence” in food service for the year 2014. Awardees represent food establishments that were able to meet stringent criteria during the year.  Ninety-six tri-county food service establishments, including restaurants, bars, catering kitchens and schools, received this year’s award.

 

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.

 

Safety First When Handling Household Chemicals! (Posted 3/20/2015)
Home improvement store aisles are filling up with weed killer, insecticides and plant growers. While many of these products are safe if used properly and according to manufacturer’s instructions, they can create potential health risks if mixed or used without appropriate safeguards. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you that safety should come first when working with household chemicals.

 

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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