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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.

 

Safe Food Temperatures for Summer Safety (Posted 5/26/17)
Memorial Day is a day to remember the people who died while serving their country to safeguard the freedoms we have.  Many of us do this in groups and consider it the official start of BBQ season.  While you are remembering our fallen heroes and cooking up something tasty on the backyard BBQ grill, make sure you are following good food safety guidelines so no one gets sick.  Cook food to safe temperatures and prepare your fruits and vegetables safely!

 

 “No Contact” Health Advisory Lifted (Posted 5/24/17)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (CHA) is advising residents that they can again utilize the St. Joseph River for recreational activities. 

 

Dental Center Open Houses: Public Invited (Posted 5/15/17)
You're invited!  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (Your Local Health Department) and My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) invite community partners and residents to attend a Grand Opening celebration and open house for two new dental centers.

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 5/15/17)
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

 

Don't Be Driven to Distraction (Posted 4/17/17)
Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver's mind and attention off the road and compromises safety, not only of the driver, but of any passenger in the vehicle and other individuals on the highway.

 

Excellence in Food Service Sanitation (Posted 4/3/17) 
The Board of Health for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has authorized that a Certificate of Excellence be awarded to a facility based on guidelines created and approved by the Board of Health.  The Board of Health wishes to congratulate these facilities on their efforts to protect the public health.

 

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.  

 

Quit Smoking Help Available for Pregnant Women (Posted 3/17/17)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants pregnant women to know that there is free help available for quitting smoking and tobacco use.

 

Shingles – Don’t Suffer – Get the Shot! (Posted 2/27/17)
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!

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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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