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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.

 

RFP for Custodial Services (Posted July 12, 2018)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is accepting proposals for Custodial Services for the building located at 20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, Mi.  The Request for Proposal packet can be downloaded or obtained by contacting Theresa Fisher, Administrative Services Director at (517) 279-9561 Extension 0107# or email fishert@bhsj.org.  Proposals are due no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 (see packet for complete instructions on how/where to submit).

 

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 July 6, 2018)
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 July 5, 2018)
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!  

 

Celebrate July 4th Tobacco-Free (Posted July 3, 2018)
Each year July 4th marks Independence Day, a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  In honor of Independence Day, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages tobacco users to seek help with quitting tobacco, and begin a tobacco-free life.  

 

Independence Day Fireworks Satety (Posted July 2, 2018)
Holidays like the fourth of July and other celebrations can be fun times with great memories.  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.  

 

What to do to Beat the Heat (Posted June 29, 2018)
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.

 

Michigan embarks on statewide study of PFAS in water supplies (Posted June 1, 2018)
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.

 

Project FRESH Coupons coming soon! (Posted June 1, 2018)
Delicious apples, juicy peaches, yummy blueberries, all Michigan grown fruits, that can be purchased at road side stands.  Summer provides parents and children an opportunity to experience the taste of Michigan in new and exciting ways.  Through Project FRESH, mothers and children who receive WIC benefits, can pick up their coupons and use them to purchase fresh produce at participating farmer's markets.

 

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:

 

Food Manager Certification Class (Updated 05/04/18)
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

 

Keeping Your Seasonal Allergies in Check (Posted March 15, 2018)
Though it may (or may not, depending on the day) feel like winter, spring is just around the corner, which means the seasonal allergies are sure to follow!  The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to help you prepare for the sneeziest time of the year for so many people.  According to the CDC, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.  Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that generally do not affect other individuals.  These substances, or allergens, can cause sneezing, coughing, and itching.  Allergic reactions range from merely bothersome to life-threatening.  for most people, seasonal allergies like hay fever and pollen, for example, are just bothersome.  Here are a few ways to help combat the stuffy, runny noses for the next few months.

 

Flooding - What You Need to Know (Posted February 21, 2018)
Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family.  Floods can contaminate food and water, which can cause illness.  Floods can lead to other dangers as well, like carbon monoxide poisoning, mold growth, electrical and fire hazards and more.  Sanitation and hygiene are very important during and after a flood because infections are likely to spread.  Illness and outbreaks can occur long after a flood is cleaned up due to spoiled food, contaminated water, power outage or exposure to mold.  This guide addresses the main hazards associated with a flood.  "Take all flooding seriously and follow these tips to protect your family", states Paul Andriacchi, Environmental Health Director, "and if you still have questions, please contact the Environmental Health staff in one of our three offices." 

 

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.

 

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot (Updated 01/26/18)
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like to remind residents that it is not too late to get the flu vaccination.  Flu activity in Michigan is widespread, so keep your family safe and healthy during this flu season by having everyone vaccinated against the flu.

 

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. 

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage (Updated 4/25/18)
At this time we are experiencing a Yellow Fever vaccine shortage across the United States. This means that  yellow fever vaccine supply is limited.  BHSJ no longer has any vaccine available.  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.  To locate a clinic offering a new, alternative yellow fever vaccine, follow this link:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/search-for-stamaril-clinics    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.  

 

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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