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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.

 

National Infant Immunization Week (Posted 4/26/17)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has joined local and state health departments nationwide in recognizing the importance of protecting infants and young children from vaccine preventable diseases. This year’s National Infant Immunization Week is set for April 22 -29, 2017 and it will be celebrated as part of World Immunization Week, an initiative of the World Health Organization. National Immunization Week was established to promote the benefits of immunizations and improve the health of children 2 years and younger. This week public health and healthcare professionals across the nation will work together to address the importance of vaccinating children on time and protecting them from vaccine preventable disease.

 

Don't Be Driven to Distraction (Posted 4/17/17)
Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver's mind and attention off the road and compromises safety, not only of the driver, but of any passenger in the vehicle and other individuals on the highway.

 

Don't Let Fraudsters Put Your Money on the Line! (Posted 4/10/17)
A FREE community awareness event addressing fraud and scam prevention.  Imposter scams are on the rise in Branch County.  Learn tips on how to protect yourself.   

 

Got Drugs?  Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (Posted 4/6/17)
St. Joseph County area Police Departments and the County Sherriff's Office are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29, 2017.  Bring your unused, unwanted drugs in to make sure they are safely disposed of.  Accepting all prescription and over the counter tablets and capsules. 

 

Excellence in Food Service Sanitation (Posted 4/3/17) 
The Board of Health for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has authorized that a Certificate of Excellence be awarded to a facility based on guidelines created and approved by the Board of Health.  The Board of Health wishes to congratulate these facilities on their efforts to protect the public health.

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage (Posted 3/27/17)
At this time we are experiencing a Yellow Fever vaccine shortage across the United States. This means that  yellow fever vaccine supply is limited.  For any planned trip to countries where there is a known risk of yellow fever virus transmission, further guidance should be obtained from your Local Health Department to determine yellow fever vaccine availability.  Please plan accordingly and allow a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your departure to ensure you can receive all of your travel vaccines in a timely manner.  Additional information regarding vaccines that are needed for travel and information on yellow fever vaccine can be found on the CDC's website.  

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 3/24/17)
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

 

Quit Smoking Help Available for Pregnant Women (Posted 3/17/17)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants pregnant women to know that there is free help available for quitting smoking and tobacco use.

 

The Best Treatment for Poisoning is Prevention! (Posted 3/8/17)
March 19-25, 2017 is the 56th observance of National Poison Prevention Week as established by the United States Congress. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants you to know that poison prevention is everyone’s responsibility and it only takes a few minutes to safely store potentially hazardous products.


 

Shingles – Don’t Suffer – Get the Shot! (Posted 2/27/17)
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!

 

What to Do About the Flu? (Posted 2/17/2017)
Coldwater, MI — The Michigan Department of Community Health is reporting an uptick in the number of cases of influenza.  According to Val Newton, Prevention Services Director, "In Michigan, the flu season typically peaks in February and March, but it's not uncommon to see a surge in January."

 

Public Health Views and News - Fall 2016 (Posted 11/04/2016)
In the Fall Edition - 2016 of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Public Health Views and News learn more about:  What's New and What Not for the 2016-17 Flu Season - including updates from ACIP regarding seasonal influenza vaccination; SPECIAL UPDATE:  Frozen Strawberries and Hepatitis A Investigation -  how BHSJ CHA is working with MDARD and MDHHS to protect the public from a contaminated food source; Health Insurance Marketplace:  9 Things to Tell Your Patients -provides information your patients need regarding their health insurance options; New Public Health Dental Clinics for Coldwater and Sturgis - the partnership between MCDC and BHSJ CHA expands;  Dental Manpower Shortage - latest data regarding the need for dental services in the tri-counties; and Tobacco as a Communicable Disease:  Interrupting the Chain of Transmission to Underage Users - how supporting the new Tobacco 21 legislation can protect youth from becoming addicted to tobacco. 

 

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Updates On Vapor Intrusion Investigation in Sturgis, MI (Posted 10/25/2016)
The Sturgis Municipal Wells Superfund Site was placed in the Superfund Program in 1984 for chemical contamination from the Kirsch Company impacting local drinking water wells. Today this superfund site is being re-evaluated for a new concern called vapor intrusion. Vapor intrusion occurs when contaminated vapor gets into the indoor air of a building.  The current site of the investigation includes a three block area which includes: E. West Street north to East Hatch Street and Jean Street west to Maple Street in Sturgis, Michigan.

 

Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future (Posted 10/21/2016)
October 23-29, 2016 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This year's theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future" focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages parents to learn how to prevent lead poisoning from affecting your child’s health.

 

New Public Health Dental Clinic in Sturgis! (Posted 10/19/2016)
Sturgis, Michigan will soon be the new home of the fourth public dental center operated by My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (MCDC) on behalf of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The center will be a new resource open to the community and will serve children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Healthy Kids Dental, MiChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan, as well as low income people who lack dental insurance. The center will also serve persons with private insurance.

 

The ABCs of Infant Safe Sleep Practices (Posted 09/28/2016)
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 infant death rate in Michigan.  The message is as simple as ABC.  All infants need to sleep:  Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib!

 

New Public Health Dental Clinic in Coldwater! (Posted 9/8/2016)
Coldwater will soon be the new home of a public health dental center operated by My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (MCDC) on behalf of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The center will serve children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Delta Dental Healthy Kids, MiChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan, as well as low income, uninsured persons. The center will also serve persons with private insurance.  Dr. Jacquelyn Merriman D.D.S. and her staff joined the network of MCDC offices in August and is now accepting new patients as a MCDC provider. Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment can call 877-313-6232

 

WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 06/28/2016)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2016 WIC Income Guidelines.  Effective July 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 $44,955 and qualify for WIC.  This equates to an hourly wage of $21.61.

 

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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