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Protecting Our Community's Health in Their Homes
RADON – A Silent Killer (Posted 01/11/2016)

 Coldwater, MI — During National Radon Action Month, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is working to educate tri-county residents about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.  Be sure to stop by your county health department office and pick up your free radon test kit to learn about your exposure to radon gas at home!


Waiting Until After the Holidays to Catch Up on Your Sleep? (Posted 12/22/2016)
 With the holidays approaching at laser speed, people tend to skimp on sleep to keep up. But is that the healthiest choice? The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency asks “Did you get enough sleep last night?”   Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.   The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers the following tips to help you be the best and most rested person you can be.  Give yourself the gift of sleep this Christmas .... take a nap!


Families Urged to Provide a Safe Sleep Space for Baby during Holiday Travel (Posted 12/22/2016)
Tragically, a baby dies nearly every other day in Michigan while sleeping in an adult bed, armchair or couch; with pillows or blankets; or with adults or other children. These deaths are 100 percent preventable with a safe sleep environment.  If you are traveling this holiday season,  be sure to plan ahead and make sure there is always a safe space for baby to sleep – an approved crib, bassinet or pack and play.  You can make sure every baby is sleeping safe this holiday season.


The Holiday Season is a Great Time to  Quit Smoking (Posted 12/20/2016)
The holiday season has arrived, and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you that there is no better time for people to adopt a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle.   To assist you, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides the Michigan Tobacco Quitline, an evidence-based service that continues to provide free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients and American Indians.  They also provide free nicotine replacement therapy to those who qualify.  Tobacco users can contact the Quitline directly at 1-800-784-8669, or enroll online at https://michigan.quitlogix.org/. Contact them today and ring in 2017 tobacco-free!


Ice Safety Tips (Posted 12/19/2016)
      Whether you enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, or walks in Michigan’s Winter Wonderland, you should always remember some safety tips when crossing lakes or rivers that are covered in ice. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recommends the following safety considerations if you are thinking about venturing out onto an iced-covered lake or pond.


Health Insurance Marketplace's December Deadline Is Quickly Approaching (Posted 12/09/16)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St.Joseph Community Health Agency, a Marketplace Navigator Agency, is reminding tri-county residents to enroll in or change their Marketplace plans by December 15, 2016 for coverage beginning on January 1, 2017.  Since the start of Open Enrollment on November 1, the Agency's certified navigators have been busying  assisting people with purchasing health insurance policies that meet their needs and fit their budgets.  Volume is expected to increase as the December 15th deadline approaches, so consumers are encouraged to call now for an appointment. 


O Christmas Tree … and Other Holiday Decoration Hazards (Posted 12/06/16)
As residents string up the lights and ignite the candles, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind.  December is the peak time of the year for home candle fires. Having those candles too close to a tree can be dangerous.  But your holidays don’t need to be marred by fire. By following these simple guidelines, you can prevent your holiday decorations from becoming a fire source.


World AIDS Day - A Day of Remembrance (Posted 11/30/2016)
During the past 35 years since AIDS was first identified, there have been many challenges and advances associated with this disease.  On December 1st - World AIDS Day - lets reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS has had on people, families, the country and the world.


A Well-Cooked Feast – Now That’s Something to be Thankful for! (Posted 11/18/2016)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, closely followed by Christmas and New Year’s. Chances are you will be carrying food from one location to another. While sharing dishes at family gatherings is fun, it can also increase opportunities for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning.  One in six Americans will experience a foodborne illness this year, many during the holiday season. Incorporating safety measures into your food handling can reduce your chances of having to spend part of the holiday at the doctor’s.  Follow these simple food safety tips to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness.


November is National Diabetes Month (Posted 11/17/2016)
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 11 adults living in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties has Diabetes – that’s approximately 7,750 adults.   Another 20,000 adults in the tri-counties are at-risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants you to understand the risks associated with developing Diabetes.


Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Celebrates the Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2016 (Posted 11/14/2016)
 The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to go the distance and quit smoking for good.  By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.  This year's Great American Smokout will be observed on Thursday, November 17th.


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. 


Frozen Strawberry Recall and Hepatitis A (Posted 11/04/2016)
     The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is working closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on a nationwide recall of frozen strawberries that were contaminated with Hepatitis A. The recall was issued on October 30th. On November 3, 2016, the tri-county health department received information that local food establishments and organizations within the health jurisdiction may have received a delivery of these contaminated strawberries. No frozen strawberries were sold directly to consumers.  A list of Michigan food establishments that have served the recall product, organized by county, has been published on the MDARD website and can be viewed by going to: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016--,00.html. At this time, the health department is not aware of any cases of Hepatitis A within the three counties that are linked to frozen strawberry consumption.


Now is the Time – Open Enrollment is Here! (Posted 10/27/2016)
 Open enrollment for affordable healthcare begins November 1, 2016 and lasts until January 31, 2017. If you want your coverage to begin on the first of the year, you will have to enroll by December 15th. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind you - now is the time to consider your healthcare needs so that you can find the right insurance plan that fits both your needs and your budget.


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!


Tailgating Touchdowns for Food Safety! (Posted 09/23/2016)
When it comes to football, defense matters. When it comes to planning a tailgate party, a good defense against foodborne illness matters even more. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is urging fans to follow the food safety play book at the tailgate parties they host.  Playing by the rules will help everyone enjoy the game...  and their food..  safely!

Updated Guidance Available for Unsafe Contaminants in Fish (Posted 09/23/2016)
The MDHHS Toxicology and Response Section has released the 2016 Eat Safe Fish Guide.  These guides are grouped regionally and break down by county how often it is safe to eat certain fish species from various water bodies.  The MDHHS Lab tests only the edible sections of the fish - primarily the filet - for a large suite of chemical contaminants.  In addition to the Guides, we also have other free Eat Safe Fish print materials available for you to distribute.  To learn more, get a free copy  of  your regional 2016 Eat Safe Fish Guide, or request a quantity of any of our other free printed materials, visit www. michigan.gov/eatsafefish or call 1-800-648-6942.


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


Back to School Immunizations! (Posted 08/12/2016)
As students head back to school, be sure they have everything they need on the first day -- especially their back-to-school immunizations. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccinations. Making sure that a child receives all his/her vaccinations on time is one of the most important things that a parent can do to ensure their child's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.  Because vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and others, are still being reported in Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph and their neighboring counties, the health department wants to remind parents that the best way to protect their children and their families from diseases is to immunize.


First Human West Nile Case Reported for 2016 (Posted 08/01/2016)
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) reported in Michigan for 2016.  The person is an older adult and resides in Livingston County.  The health department is encouraging residents to take simple precautions that can help avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – Remove standing water; Repel mosquitoes with insect repellents; Repair or replace torn screens on windows and doors.  


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.


Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 2/4/16)
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


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!


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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