What's New In Our Area
Current Clinic & Program Calendars
Current calendars that show dates and times
for some of the services we offer including:
WIC, immunizations, and free parenting classes.
Warning about ‘One Pot’ Meth Labs (Posted
The Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force warns
residents to be careful of picking up discarded pop
bottles along the roadside. It might just be a meth
lab. The ‘one pot’ method, according to a 2011
Michigan State Police report, now accounts for more
than 75% of all meth labs. It uses a 2 liter pop
bottle as the container to create the ‘shake and
bake’ drug from a handful of easily available
household items. This method of drug production is
even more dangerous than the makeshift, clandestine
lab because it makes it more mobile and the
substance more volatile.
Summertime And The Eating Is Easy! (Posted
Corn on the Cob….
hamburgers on the grill…. potato and macaroni
salads….Just the mention of these yummy foods
invokes thoughts of summer. The warmer weather
conditions may be ideal for outdoor picnics and
barbecues, but they also provide a perfect
environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food
to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness. To
make sure your summer picnics and back yard
barbeques are enjoyed by all, the
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency
offers 9 tips that will help ensure that your
favorite summer foods are prepared safely!
Five Health Tips That Can Help You Enjoy the Great
Outdoors! (Posted 05/24/13)
Being active is important and Michigan has lots of
great places to walk, jog, hike, bike and camp. In
order to help you enjoy your summer activities to
the fullest, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph
Community Health Agency wants to remind you to take
the proper precautions when outdoors. Be sure to
apply insecticides and check for ticks to
prevent being bitten by mosquitoes or ticks.
Mosquitoes can carry
West Nile Virus and ticks can carry
Lyme Disease. Know about poisonous plants.
Poison Ivy, poison sumac and
Giant Hogweed are known toxic plants that grow
in the area and can cause serious skin rashes and
burning blisters. Be aware of the dangers of the
sun. Be sure to apply sun block and wear sunglasses
that will provide protection again harmful UV rays.
And stay hydrated to avoid both
heat-related illnesses and skin cancer.
Illness and Injury Prevention Week - 2013
The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2013) is
Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII)
Prevention Week. Every year, thousands of Americans
get sick with recreational water illnesses (RWIs),
which are caused by germs found in places where we
swim. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community
Health Agency wants to remind swimmers and pool
owners that by following some simple steps, you can
help to ensure a healthy and safe swimming
experience for everyone.
Food Manager Certification Class (Updated
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.
“Peep, Chirp, Quack!” (Posted 05/06/2013)
Often, live baby
poultry may be put on display at stores where
children may be able to touch the birds. Because
these birds are so soft and cute, many people do not
realize the potential danger that live baby poultry
can carry, especially for children. This past week,
the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency received reports of
that have been possibly linked to the handling of
live baby chicks. After you
wash your hands so you don’t get sick!
Local Medical Director Receives Public Health
Champions are described as individuals who have a
vision of what the future could hold and possess the
courage to risk failure, knowing that setbacks
produce growth. They are people who see their
opponents as partners and their challenges as
opportunities for improvement. Dr. James Phillips,
M.D., Medical Director for the Branch-Hillsdale-St.
Joseph Community Health Agency is one such
individual. On April 17, 2013, Dr. Phillips was
recognized by the Michigan Department of Community
Health (MDCH) and its partners as one of Michigan’s
three Public Health Policy Champions for 2013,
during its Annual Public Health Week Event, held in
the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing, Michigan.
You Can Find Out in 30 Minutes or Less if You or
Your Children are Eligible for Health Care Coverage
Find out if you qualify
for MIChild, Healthy Kids, Plan FIRST! or MOMs.
Disease Data (Updated
Up to date tracking of the most common
communicable diseases including; chicken pox, flu,
head lice, hepatitis and tuberculosis.
Information that was previously highlighted on the
front page of our web site.
What's New in Michigan & Nationally
Department of Community Health
Centers for Disease Control
Health News- World Health Organization