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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.


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 10/8/15)
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.


Achoo! Could it be the Flu? (Posted 10/01/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging all tri-county residents to protect themselves by getting flu shots. Steve Todd, Health Officer for the tri-county health department states “The availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself and your family.”  Everyone over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot.  Call to schedule your appointment today!


New FAQ - Impetigo (Posted 09/24/2015)

Impetigo, is a  common, communicable skin infection caused by Staphylococcus (staph) or Streptococcus (strep) bacteria. Impetigo commonly occurs when strep or staph bacteria enter the skin through cuts or insect bites. It can also develop in intact, healthy skin, particularly in children.  Learn how to impetigo spreads, is treated and can be prevented by downloading this new FAQ.




Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile (Posted 09/24/2015)

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been  notified that four dead birds submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The positive birds mean that residents of these counties need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.  While no human cases of West Nile Virus has been reported in the tri-county area, there have been reports of human cases in other Michigan Counties. Protect yourself and your family from WNV by applying insect repellent before you go outside. 


MDHHS Reports Michigan's First Case of Bubonic Plague (Posted 09/15/2015)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting  that a case of bubonic plague has been confirmed in a Michigan resident who recently returned from Colorado in an area with reported plague activity.   The individual is a Marquette county resident, and recovering after receiving appropriate treatment. Public health officials have said there is no concern regarding human-to-human transmission in this case. This is the Michigan’s first plague diagnosis, and the 14th case reported nationally in 2015.   To learn more about the plague, including how it transmitted, symptoms and prevention, visit our Quick Info on Health Topics Section and click on the link:  Plague.


Tobacco-Free School Policies Passed in Branch County Schools, Hillsdale County Schools and St. Joseph County Schools (Posted 9/15/15)
Boards of Education in 14 out of 23 school districts within Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph Counties have passed a 24/7 Tobacco-Free School Policy.  The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within any building, and within any vehicle that is owned, leased, or operated by the school district.  Use of tobacco products is also prohibited at all school sponsored events and on any real property owned, leased, or operated by the school district.  This policy applies to all employees, students, contractors and visitors on the premises of the school district and at all school sponsored events. 


Helping Youth Stay Tobacco-Free in the New School Year (Posted 9/15/15)
According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11.8% of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, 6.9% use smokeless tobacco, and 10.7% currently smoked cigars. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids notes that there are 10,300 new youth smokers each year in Michigan, and 213,000 kids alive today in Michigan will eventually die from tobacco-related disease. In addition, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. Current e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014, and among middle school students, current e-cigarette use more increased from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014.



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


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.


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..



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.


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.


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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