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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.

Lead - Information So You Can Stay Informed
Lead seems to be a big topic of today's news.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has assembled these resources to help you stay informed.

February Designated As Children's Dental Health Month - Sugar Wars (Posted 2/4/2016)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) and local dentists, reminds you to give your child a smile that lasts a lifetime. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which brings an increased focus on the importance of regular dental check-ups and a balanced diet. The theme of this year’s campaign Sugar Wars urges children to defeat the effects of sugar and maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy snacks.

 

Sewer System Sanitary Sewer Overflow (Posted 2/4/2016)
Village of Constantine Air Release Valve Malfunctions on South US-131 Three Rivers, MI, February 4, 2016:  On February 3rd at approximately 10:20 AM Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) personnel discovered a faulty Air Release Valve (ARV) on South US-131. The malfunctioning ARV had caused a Sanitary Sewage Overflow (SSO) onto the US-131 roadside. WWTP personnel isolated the malfunctioning valve. A clean-up contractor vacuumed and power-washed the affected area. Clean-up personnel covered the affected area with hydrated lime as an additional safety measure. All clean-up debris were properly managed at the City of Three Rivers WWTP. No surface waters were impacted by this SSO. Personnel removed and replaced the malfunctioning ARV with a working ARV. The WWTP staff made the required notifications to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County Health Department for this event.

 

Childhood Lead Poisoning – What the Data Means (Posted 02/02/2016)
Childhood lead poisoning has been a discussion topic on the state and national level for several months and many people in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties are beginning to question if they should be concerned. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has posted two new FAQs on its website designed to answer questions about Childhood Lead Screening and how to have a Lead Safe Home.  In addition, it has also posted the MDHHS' data chart book "2013 Data Report on Childhood Lead Testing and Elevated Levels" which provides both county and zip code level data for Michigan.  This resource helps to provide clarity about the lead data being reported in the news.

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 2/415)
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.

 

Citizens Urged to Check Their Homes for Radon (Posted 01/28/2016)
January is a great month for sprucing up your home with new linens, new towels, new bedding. All that sprucing can make your home look more appealing, but do you know what would make your home more healthful? Checking it for radon. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind local residents that January and February are great months to test their homes for radon levels.   Even better, it's free!   Stop by our one of our offices in Coldwater, Hillsdale or Three Rivers and pick up your radon kit today.

 

Let the AAA Team Help You Navigate Your Health! (Posted 01/26/2016)
A new year presents new opportunities and new challenges. Whether you are looking for assistance on where to find community resources related to food or housing; navigating online health insurance options that are difficult to access; or just want medical information to better understand a newly diagnosed health condition, the Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can help!  As recent recipients of the SHIP Navigation Award from the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, this well trained team of health professionals has a proven track record of providing the type assistance you need to be healthy and well!  If you are 60 years or older and need  assistance  - don't hesitate... call today!

 

Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy FAQ (Posted 01/26/2016)
 Zika virus transmission is ongoing in the following South American and tropical countries: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, and Venezuela. While cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States, it does not appear to be in the country’s mosquito population as of yet. Zika virus poses serious problems for infants. The Zika virus appears to be connected to microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies who mothers were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes abnormal smallness of the head, and incomplete brain development. The CDC is recommending that pregnant women should consider postponing travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

 

Listeriosis Outbreak in Michigan (Posted 1/25/2016)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and local health departments on a multistate foodborne outbreak of Listeriosis. Listeriosis is a serious bacterial infection which causes fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms Twelve people in six states have been infected, and one death is attributed to the outbreak.  The CDC is recommending that consumers do not eat packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, OH. These packaged salads can be identified by the letter "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

 

Charge Into the New Year with a Cancer Check Up! (Posted 01/19/2015)
Start off the New Year the right way! Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. Each year, on average, an estimated 330 people in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties die from cancer and another 765 are newly diagnosed. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging the following key, age-specific cancer screenings to prevent premature death and disability associated with cancer. Remember, cancer, in many cases if caught early, can be treated and cured.

 

You Talked – We Listened! (Posted 12/09/2015)
In 2012, the Access to Care Task Force, a collaboration of Sturgis Hospital, Three Rivers Health, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, St. Joseph Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and other partner organizations, asked local residents to participate in a Community Health Needs Assessment. Over 600 people participated and completed an electronic survey that identified the following five needs:  Access to Care, Chronic Diseases, Healthy Behaviors, Maternal and Infant Health and Mental Health/Substance Abuse.  As a result, we have secured grant funds, implemented programs and doubled up efforts to help improve the communities' health.  Now we are asking for your opinions again.  Please take 10 to 15 minutes to complete this online community needs assessment survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stjosephcommneeds.  All responses are anonymous.  Your input is important... so be sure to be heard! 

 

Public Health Views and News - 2015 Fall Edition (Posted 12/3/2015)  
In this issue of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about: Bedbugs - what are the risks of disease transmission and how to control them; Free Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccine Available -  BHSJ CHA is offering free zoster vaccine to individuals 60 years and older who lack health insurance coverage for the shot, but only while supplies last; Stats - Herpes Zoster - includes disease occurrence, repeat episodes, hospitalizations and deaths; and Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Brings New Tools to the Marketplace- learn more about what new, consumer-driven tools are being tested that can benefit both providers and consumers!

 

Quit Like a Champion: Here’s How! (Posted 11/18/2015)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging tobacco users throughout the county to mark November 19th on their calendars. November 19th is the date for this year’s Great American Smokeout, and it’s the perfect day for tobacco users to take important steps towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing heart disease and cancer risk.  Setting a date, making a plan and committing to it can set you on the path to being tobacco-free and improving your overall health!

 

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!

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness (Posted 10-19-15)
With winter months approaching, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to be safe from the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold weather and heating season. To bring awareness to the issue, Governor Snyder has proclaimed this week, October 19 – 24, as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.

 

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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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