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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.

 

Fruits and Vegetables Safety (Posted 9/13/17)
Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits when you select and prepare them safely. Fruits and vegetables add nutrients to your diet that help protect you from heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Selecting produce including vegetables, fruits and nuts instead of high-calorie foods can also help manage your weight. It is important to make sure all fruits and vegetables are washed properly. Raw fruits and vegetables may contain harmful germs such as Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria which can make you and your family sick with food poisoning.

 

Child Passenger Safety Week (Posted 9/13/17)
Buckle Children the Right Way in the Right Seat
Every year the Center for Disease Injury Center celebrates Child Passenger Safety Week to raise awareness about the importance of always properly buckling up children to keep them as safe as possible on the road. This year National Child Passenger Safety week will take place from September 17 to September 23. In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children.

 

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. 

 

Asian Tiger Mosquito in Wayne County (Posted 8/29/17)
On August 25, 2017, officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Wayne County Health Department announced the identification of the Asian tiger mosquito in Wayne County.  This is the first documentation of this type of mosquito in Michigan.  The Aedes albopicutus species-commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito- is capable of spreading the Zika virus; officials emphasized that there is no evidence of Zika virus-infected mosquitoes in Michigan or the entire Midwest this year.

 

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!

 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (Posted 8/10/17)
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 over at the newly renovated Burnside 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 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:  Aug. 14, Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, and Sept. 25.  The class is FREE but we ask that you please call Burnside at 517-279-6565 to register, as 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.

 

Whooping Cough is on the Rise (Posted 7/25/17)
Three Rivers, MI.  Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is on the rise in the United States. Current infant vaccinations may no longer be enough since immunity against the disease seems to wear off at adolescence age. According to the Center for Disease Control, a preliminary count estimated over 11,000 pertussis cases in the past year, an increase over two thousand from the previous year and the highest count in 30 years. Pertussis is often fatal to young babies; while older patients can recover, they are the major source of infection for vulnerable infants.

 

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.

 

Public Health Views and News-Summer 2017 (Posted 7/11/17)
The Summer Edition of the Public Health Views and News is now available. In the Summer 2017-Edition of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Public Health Views and News, learn more about: Lead Blood Testing Safety-talks about what tests to avoid and when to get tested; Plants that Bite-provides information on how you can identify what plants are dangerous and how you can protect yourself. Zika Surveillance. Also included in this edition is, The New and Improved MAPS Seminar hosted by The University of Michigan discussing how and why to use it when prescribing opioids.

 

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

 

Eating Outdoors in the Summer (Posted 6/27/17)
Summer is in full swing making it a great time for family and friends to spend more time cooking on the grill and enjoying outdoor picnics. With the weather warming up, the risk for foodborne illness increases. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are approximately 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually. Perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, salad dressing and fresh fruit should not sit out for more than two hours. Food sitting out for too long can lead to foodborne illness outbreaks.  Cook food to safe temperatures and prepare your fruits and vegetables safely!

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 6/28/17)
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

 

Make Summer Safe for Kids! (Posted 6/16/17)
Learn how your kids can enjoy the summer weather without risking their health or safety.
Summer is around the corner!  It is a wonderful time of the year for kids to enjoy an assortment of both indoor and outdoor activities.  To make summer both safe and enjoyable for your entire family, especially young children or teens, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency highlights the importance of learning ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.

 

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.

 

Communicable Disease Data (Updated Monthly)
Up to date tracking of the most common communicable diseases including; chicken pox, flu, head lice, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

 

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