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Access to Three Rivers Building

Hill Street is under construction through September 21, 2018.  Until the construction is complete,  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.


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."


Septic Smart Week, September 17-21 (Posted 9/14/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in kicking off its sixth annual Septic Smart Week to encourage homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.  "With so much recent attention to water in Michigan, it is a great time to think about the water and septic systems in your own home," says Paul Andriacchi, Director of Environmental Health at the Community Health Agency.  "People often forget about their septic systems since they typically function on their own without too much upkeep - but residents should always be Septic Smart."


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.


Celebrate Family Dinner Month (Posted 9/6/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to help you celebrate Family Dinner month with a few recipes that you can make with WIC foods and fresh fruits and vegetables purchased with Project FRESH coupons.  According to the Journal
of Pediatrics and Child Health, “frequent family meals (more than three per week) increase self-esteem, a sense of well-being, positive social behaviors, and stronger family relationships.” In addition, studies in the Journal of Adolescent Health provide significant, measurable scientific proof about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. “With this one simple act of dining together, parents are presenting an opportunity to promote the healthy development of children,” says Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention at the local Health Department, “as a result, children will have a greater sense of belonging and closeness.” Family meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members and regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem and delayed sexual activity. Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness, and respect.  With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression, and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors or delinquent acts.


Tobacco Usage Rates High in Michigan High School Students (Posted 8/31/18)
Tobacco usage rates for Michigan high school students are higher than the national average.  10.5% of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, and 14.8% use e-cigarettes.  According to the 2017-18 Michigan Profile for Health Youth survey data in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties, the percent of high school students who currently smoke cigarettes is 6.5% but when looking at the number who use e-cigarettes, the percent more than triples at 25%.  Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers.  213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die prematurely from smoking. 


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


Plan for School success with Good Health (Posted 8/17/18)
You're getting your students ready to go back to school with new back packs, pencils, and note books, but have you thought about their back-to-school vaccines?  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to encourage you to help your pre-teen and teenage students be fully prepared for school by being fully immunized.  Immunizations help protect your kids from contracting easily preventable diseases.  And by immunizing them, you can also help to protect others as well.  Whenever children are brought into group settings, there is a chance for diseases to spread.  Students must follow state vaccine laws in order to attend school. 


New Cases Of Measles (Posted 8/10/18)
In light of the announcement of two new cases of measles in Michigan, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is urging parents to protect their children from measles and other diseases through vaccination.  "Measles is one of the most highly communicable infectious diseases." says Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention at the local health department.  "Measles, like the other vaccine preventable diseases, can have very serious complications such as secondary infections, blindness, and even death."


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.  


Water Safety (Posted 7/31/18)
Trying to beat the heat in the pool and lake this summer?  It's one of the best ways to cool down, but if we aren't careful, a fun day in the water can turn into a disaster.


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.


Cases of Rabies in Michigan on the Rise (Posted 7/6/18)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeing an uptick in bats testing positive for rabies.  As of June 28, the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories has identified rabies in 22 bats and two skunks.  Last year at this time, MDHHS had identified only nine bats with rabies.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency reminds residents to adopt practices that protect their families and animals from rabies.


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!  


What to do to Beat the Heat (Posted 6/29/18)
Each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.  On average, approximately 300 people die each year from exposure to heat.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recommends that everyone understand the warning signs of heat illness and take special care of those at risk, and offers some tips to beat the heat.  Also, there are places within your community where people can go to help stay cool, such as senior centers, recreational buildings, public libraries, shopping areas and restaurants.   


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.


Summer Safety For Our Four-legged Friends (Posted June 14, 2018)
Pets can be like family to most people.  Whether you have a cuddly kitten or a rowdy puppy, the heat of summer is just starting and we have to do our best to keep them cool.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers some tips to keep your furry friends safe from the heat and other potential dangers of summer.  


Amp Up Your Vegetables (Posted June 13, 2018)
It's only June and you're already tired of baby carrots and dip?  Your celery slices just aren't cutting it anymore?  You know how important vegetables are for you and your kids, but sometimes they are just boring!  It's time to fire up your grill and amp up your veggies!  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has some quick tips for grilled vegetables this summer.


Safe Fun in the Sun (Posted May 23, 2018)
Summer time brings longer days, warmer weather and the need for a sun safety refresher.  keeping your entire family sun safe while outdoors is the key to making this summer your best one yet.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the sun's ultraviolet rays (UV rays) can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but thankfully, most can be prevented.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants you to follow these five tips from the CDC to make sure you stay protected all season long:


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)
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