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Hill Street is currently under construction.  Until completion,  you can utilize the access road (by the baseball fields) off Broadway Street to get to our building.


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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.


Last Chance to Use Project FRESH Coupons (Posted 10/15/18)
Calling all WIC Project FRESH coupon holders!  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind tri-county residents that all WIC Project FRESH coupons expire on October 31st.  WIC Project FRESH coupons can be used to buy eligible, locally grown, Fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers, farmers' markets and roadside stands.  WIC participants are encouraged to use all their coupons during the season to help meet their special nutritional needs.  They are especially encouraged to buy broccoli, carrots, potatoes, squash, peaches, apples and tomatoes.  A variety of produce rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid are emphasized.  "This is your last chance to get fresh, in-season fruit and vegetables from your local farmers markets," Says Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention.  "With fall produce like apples and zucchini, it creates an entire new category of recipes to try with your little ones at home."  See the following snack and appetizer recipes to get the most out of your last few WIC Project FRESH coupons.


October Medicare Minute (Posted 10/8/18)
Mental health care includes services and programs to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions.  Medicare covers inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and prescription medication to treat mental illness and substance abuse.


Kerosene Heater Safety (Posted 10/3/18)
If you plan to use a kerosene heater to help heat your home this fall or winter, use extreme caution.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment, such as a kerosene heater, is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February.  Home heating equipment trails only cooking equipment as the leading cause of home fires year-round.


Flu makes appearance in Hillsdale County (Posted 10/3/18)
With an early start to the flu season, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging all tri-county residents to protect themselves by getting flu shots.  There have been 10 Cases of the flu confirmed thus far in Hillsdale county.  Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the tri-county health department states, "The availability and affordability of the vaccine makes it easier than ever to protect yourself and your family."  Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention adds, "We are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu shot, including pregnant women and the elderly.  In particular, school-age children who are highly susceptible to catching the virus.  Reducing the spread of the disease is especially crucial in our schools.  Children who receive a flu shot are helping to create healthier classrooms and prevent missed days of school."


Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week (Posted 9/26/18)
Traffic deaths are at epidemic levels around the world, killing more than 1/2 million people each year, and these tragedies are expected to multiply as the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow.  In fact, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, by the year 2030, traffic crashes will kill more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.  Because of these staggering statistics, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is helping to raise awareness of Child Passenger Safety Week taking place this week - September 23-29.


Pursuant to the Opening Meetings Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Board of Health, Finance Committee will be meeting on September 27, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Coldwater office located at 570 Marshall Road, Coldwater, Michigan.   - Posted by Theresa Fisher, BS, Secretary to the Board of Health


Safe Sleep Awareness Month (Posted 9/14/18)
September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observance, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reminding parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to substantially reduce the risk of infant death.  "The arrival of a new baby means big changes for the whole family, especially when it comes to making sure the home and car are safe for the baby," says Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the tri-county health department, "knowing the ABC's of safe sleep is vital.  Infants need to be Alone, on their Back, in a Crib."


Public Notice (Posted 9/6/18)
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have shared information with the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency about the detection of perflourooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in the discharge from the Bronson Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The level detected was 150 ng/L which is above the allowable level of 12 ng/L.  The discharge from the plant flows into Swan Creek.


West Nile in Michigan (Posted 8/31/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been notified that as of August 29, throughout the state 69 birds submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  In addition, the MDHHS reports 16 human cases and two deaths attributed to WNV.  "The positive results mean that residents of the tri-county area need to be vigilant in their measures to prevent mosquito bites," says Paul Andriacchi, Director of Environmental Health.


New Medicare Card, Same Old Scammers (Posted 8/27/18)
Medicare is mailing new, more secure Medicare cards with a Medicare number that's unique to every person with Medicare.  Medicare is getting rid of the old card because the old Medicare number was based on a person's Social Security Number.  Scammers sometimes use Social Security Numbers to try to steal someone's identity, open new credit cards or even take out loans in someone else's name.


Michigan embarks on statewide study of PFAS in water supplies (Updated 8/27/18)
The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) has announced plans to conduct a statewide study of per- and polyfluorolalkyl (PFAS) levels in public water supplies.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will administer the PFAS study of public water supplies.  The study will include schools that operate their own water supply.  Although private water supplies are not included in the scope of the study, information on testing and filtering options can be found at:  https://www.michigan.gov/PFASresponse  For information on what the study has found in our local communities, contact the Environmental Health section of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.  As of June 1, 2018, there are no known areas of PFAS contamination in Branch, Hillsdale, or St. Joseph counties.  Local Leaders Guide


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 08/21/18)
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


Public Health Views and News-Summer 2018 (Posted July 31, 2018)
The Summer 2018 Edition of the Public Health News and Views is now available. In the Summer 2018 Edition of the  Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Public Health Views and News, learn more about: Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa), CDC recommendations for managing and reporting Shigella infections, and two-tiered testing for Lyme disease. 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 bout new and/or emerging public health issues.  


Vapor Intrusion Investigation in Sturgis, MI (Updated 7/12/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community health Agency has been involved with a vapor intrusion investigation in the City of Sturgis since late 2016.  The Sturgis Municipal Well site was placed in the Superfund Program in 1984 due to chemical contamination from the Kirsch Company that impacted the local drinking water wells.  In 2016, the site was re-evaluated for a new concern called vapor intrusion.  Vapor intrusion occurs when contaminated vapor gets into the indoor air of a building.


New Temporary Food Policy (Posted 7/5/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recently approved a new temporary food policy that will become effective on January 1, 2019.  Be informed of these upcoming changes!  


WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 6/26/18)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2018 WIC Income Guidelines.  Effective June 1st, these new income guidelines increase the income eligibility threshold so that more women, infants and children can receive healthy WIC foods.  Now a family of four can make an annual income up to $46,435 and qualify for WIC.  This equates to an hourly wage of $22.32.


Healthy Michigan Plan Still Available (Posted February 6, 2018)
Looking for health care coverage that works for your health and your budget? There is an option to help working people like you get healthy at a cost that works in your budget. It's the Healthy Michigan Plan.  According to Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, "With all of the political changes regarding health care coverage, we are still helping families apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which has expanded Medicaid to adults who have incomes up to 133% of poverty.  For single individuals, this means an annual income up to about $16,000.  For a family of four, it means an annual income up to approximately $33,000.  People shouldn't have to choose between taking care of their health and taking care of their bills."  The Healthy Michigan Plan covers everything from doctor visits to hospitalizations to prescriptions at at a low cost.


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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