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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.

 

Making Healthy Lifestyle Adjustments in the Winter (Updated 01/17/18)
As we enter the new year, this is an opportunity to make 2018 your healthiest year.  When the temperature drops, people become less active and tend to use that as an excuse to stay in, bundle up and enjoy their favorite snacks.  Over time, these bad habits can be harmful to your health.  Here are some tips to help you get your new year off to a healthy start.

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 01/11/18)
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

 

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY'S HEALTH IN THEIR HOMES (Updated 01/08/18)
RADON - A SILENT KILLER    Citizens Urged to Test homes for Radon:   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declares January as National Radon Action Month to bring awareness to the dangers posed by indoor radon gas.  You can't see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present in your home at dangerous levels.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 people each year.  In fact, the EPA and the Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

 

Make 2018 an Opportunity for Tobacco-Free Living (Updated 01/05/18)
As we enter the new year, this is an opportunity to encourage and support tobacco users in their effort to quit.  Making sure that your home is smoke-free protects friends and family, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those living with disabilities from the health harms caused by secondhand smoke.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends have the opportunity to impact the kids in their lives by setting an example of a tobacco-free lifestyle and reminding them that the use of tobacco, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products is harmful.

 

Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency Director, Richard Kline, Visits Local Area Agency on Aging (Posted 12/22/17)
(Coldwater and Sturgis, Mi) During the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency's regular Board of Health meeting on December 14th, the Board and staff welcomed Richard Kline as a special guest.  Senior Deputy Director Kline works in Lansing most days, but has made it a top priority to visit each of Michigan's 16 regional Area Agencies on Aging.  The Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA) is Michigan's designated state unit on aging, formed under the Older Michiganians Act of 1981.  AASA operates under the authority of the federal Older Americans Act, which was signed into law in 1965 to meet the diverse needs of the growing numbers of older adults in the United States.  Their mission is to provide statewide leadership, direction, and resources to support Michigan's aging, adult services, and disability networks, with the aim of helping residents live with dignity and purpose.  The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA's) further carry out the mission, in each of their respective planning and service areas.  For Branch and St. Joseph counties, Region 3C serves as the local Area Agency on Aging and they are uniquely housed within the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.

 

Get Your Child's Medical Information organized for the New Year! (Posted 12/18/17)
One of our Children's Special Health Care parents will be giving a short presentation on the best way to have your child's information organized and all in one quick, easy-to-access binder.  Children's Special Health Care Services will be providing these organization binders for each family attending for medical records, physician contact information, prescription information, emergency plans, etc.  This event will be at our Coldwater location (570 Marshall Road) on Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room.  Please RSVP (517-279-9561 ext. 0146#) by January 5th, so we make sure to have a binder ready for you to start!

 

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 bout new and/or emerging public health issues.  

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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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Up to date tracking of the most common communicable diseases including; chicken pox, flu, head lice, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

 

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Coldwater, MI  49036

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Hillsdale, MI 49242

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