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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 December 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Coldwater office located at 570 Marshall Road, Coldwater, Michigan. 517-279-9561


 National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) (Posted 12/04/2017)
         The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency will be participating in National Influenza Vaccination Week.  This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week is set for December 3-9, 2017.  This week will provide public health professionals the opportunity to work together to promote the importance of getting a flu vaccine and also remind everyone 6 months and older that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.


Public Health Views and News-Fall 2017 (Posted 12/06/17)
The Fall 2017 Edition of the Public Health News and Views is now available. In the Fall 2017 Edition of the  Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Public Health Views and News, learn more about: the Hepatitis A Outbreak in Michigan; The Importance of Immunizations, Prion Wasting Disease and the Influenza A pandemic.   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. 


 World AIDS Day 2017 (Posted 12/01/2017)
         This Friday December 1st is World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1st as a way to raise awareness and bring attention to global AIDS epidemic. World AIDS Day is an important reminder that HIV has not gone away. Currently more than 1.2 million Americans including over 15,000 Michiganders, are living with HIV. On average, HIV is spread to 50,000 people in the United States every year. People with HIV who do not know that they are infected may spread it to others and will not get the important treatment that can help keep them healthy for many years.


Watch Out for Deer on the Road (Posted 12/01/2017)
         Deer Mating season can be a dangerous time for drivers, deer and your car.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year, resulting in 200 fatalities, tens of thousands of injuries and over 3.6 billion in vehicle damage.  To avoid hitting deer this holiday season, here are some tips:   Watch for the rest of the herd: deer travel in packs and rarely travel alone.  If a deer crosses in front of you, slow down and keep your eyes out for more deer darting across the road.  Timing is everything: deer are most active at dusk and dawn, because that is the time they are coming on the hunt for food.  This is also the time where vision is most compromised.  Deer are on the move during mating season between the months of October and January so it is especially important to be on the lookout while you're driving.


The Branch-Hillsdale-St.Joesph Community health Agency is Celebrating the Great American Smokeout in November (Posted 11/13/17)  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is recognizing the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout which has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday in November since 1976. During this time, health officials are encouraging tobacco users to quit for a 24-hour period with the goal of making it a first step toward a tobacco free lifestyle. The first Great American occurred on November 18, 1976, when the California Division of the American Cancer Society got nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. The Society took the program nationwide in 1977.


Hepatitis A Outbreak in Southeast Michigan (Posted 11/3/17)
Hepatitis A cases continue to increase in Southeast Michigan and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like to take this time to remind residents that vaccination is your best defense against hepatitis A. “We know that the hepatitis A vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in protecting someone who may be exposed to hepatitis A,” states Val Newton, Director of Personal Health & Disease Prevention. 


Halloween Safety Tips (Posted 10/30/2017)
          Fall celebrations like Halloween are fun times for children who dress up in costumes, enjoy parties and eat yummy treats. In the United States, the month of October ranks number 2 in motor vehicle deaths. In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents. According to the National Safety Council, 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for 15% of the deaths.  To ensure adults and children have a safe Halloween, here are some safety tips:


National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Posted 10/19/17)
Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate is based on children with a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter or higher using data from national surveys conducted in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. Major sources of lead exposure to U.S. children include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from additional sources including contaminated drinking water, take-home exposures from a workplace, and lead in soil. Symptoms of lead poisoning can be silent and hard to recognize. Preventing lead poisoning before it happens is the best way to keep your family safe.


Eastern Equine Encephalitis In Hillsdale County (Posted 10/13/17)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has notified the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency that a fawn from Hillsdale County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  This is the first EEE positive deer detected in Michigan in 2017.  EEE is an infectious, often fatal disease of horses, humans, and pigs.  Wild ruminants (white-tailed deer) can also become infected.  EEE is transmitted by mosquito vectors.  When levels of the circulating virus are high, mammals, specifically horses, humans and deer, can become infected when bitten by a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.


Tailgating Food Safety! (Posted 10/13/17)
When it comes to football, defense matters.  When it comes to planning a tailgate party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more.  This year, we're urging fans to follow the food safety play book at the tailgate parties they host," says Joseph Frazier, Environmental Health Coordinator with the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.  "Large gatherings can increase the chance of becoming ill, but by following these rules all fans can enjoy the game and their food safely."


Your Best Shot is the Flu Shot! (Posted 10/13/17)
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.  Over 30 cases of flu have been diagnosed in the last few weeks in Washtenaw County, almost all young adults.  The flu virus can be detected year-round in the United States but the virus is most common during the fall and winter season.  The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness, and at times death, if not treated.  The virus is spread mainly by droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk.  Children under the age of 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems have a high risk of developing flu complications.  Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headaches, chills, fatigue, stuffy or runny nose and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.


West Nile Virus in St. Joseph County (Posted 9/13/17)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has notified the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency that a horse in St. Joseph County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  This is one of 13 horses that have tested positive for WNV so far in Michigan in 2017.  The other Counties in Michigan with WNV positive horses include Clinton, Livingston, Jackson, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Osceola, Ottawa, Roscommon, and Wexford.  WNV is a mosquito-borne disease and poses a risk for people and animals in Michigan.  “Horse owners are reminded to vaccinate their horses to prevent WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis which are both mosquito-borne diseases,” states Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the Community Health Agency. 


Rocket Blades: THE BRAIN SAFETY GAME (Posted 8/28/17)
Concussion affects thousands of children each year and a lack of awareness can put children at risk for serious injury.  With fall sports starting, it is important coaches and players are educated on concussion prevention and detection.  A concussion is a type of traumatic injury that results from a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.  This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce or twist around in the skull thus creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes damages brain cells.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers (Posted 8/25/17)
The Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class!!  This highly renowned class is being presented by our partners at MSU Extension at the Three Rivers Senior Center.  It's a 6-week educational program to help you take care of you while caring for a relative, friend, or loved one.  The class meets once a week for six weeks from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:  Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, and Oct. 17.  The class is FREE but we ask that you please call Pat at the Senior Center at 269-279-8083 to register - Space is limited!


Bike Helmet Safety (Posted 8/3/17)
With the weather being so nice and kids getting ready to go back to school, riding your bike is a great way for families to take advantage of the nice weather. Riding your bike is a great exercise and also great for the environment. When riding your bike, it’s important to make sure you are protecting yourself at all times. Here are some tips to help you be a safe cyclist:


Back to School Immunizations (Posted 7/28/17)
As students get ready to head back to school, be sure that they have everything they need on the first day -- especially their back-to-school immunizations.  Dr. H. Lauren Vogel, D.O., Medical Director for the tri-county health department states “Preschoolers to college students need vaccinations. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio. The same germs exist today, but because babies are protected by vaccines, we don’t see these diseases nearly as often.”


Shingles - Don't Suffer - Get the Shot! (Posted 7/27/17)
Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime.  There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in this country.  If you are over 60 years old, give yourself a little piece of mind and let us give you the shot so you don't end up as one of those people suffering from shingles. 


St. Joseph County Needs Assessment (Posted 7/26/17)
The 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment is our effort to craft a plan to meet the identified local health and medical needs. The plan also suggests areas where other local organizations and agencies might work with us to achieve the outcomes contemplated by the report. As you review this plan, we think you will find that we have identified the most pressing needs of our community and that our plans take steps to address the needed improvements. We view this plan as a guide, for how we along with other organizations and agencies can collaborate to address the most pressing health needs of the area.


WIC: New Income Guidelines Released (Posted 7/17/17)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2017 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 $45,510 and qualify for WIC.  This equates to an hourly wage of $21.87.


Annual Report Released (Posted 6/30/17)
Information on our accomplishments for fiscal year 2015/2016.


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 10/02/17)
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


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.  


Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Update On Vapor Intrusion Investigation in Sturgis, MI (Updated 6/30/17)
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been doing a vapor intrusion investigation in Sturgis at the former Kirsch Company site.  This site was placed on the Superfund Program in 1984 for chemical contamination that was impacting local drinking water.  The vapor intrusion project is another level of investigation resulting from the groundwater contamination.  The chemicals that have impacted the groundwater in this area can give off gases (vapors) that can permeate through the soil and migrate into the homes above the plume. 

The investigation site is comprised of a 3 block area which includes: E. West Street north to E. Hatch St. and Jean Street west to Maple St.  To this point 36 of the 44 homes impacted have had indoor air testing.  Of those homes tested, 4 of them had levels above the health standard and have consequently had mitigation systems installed to remove the contaminated vapors.    The MDEQ is continuing to work with the remaining homes to obtain access agreements to allow testing of the indoor air.


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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