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Controlling the spread of Infectious Diseases

Controlling the spread of Infectious Diseases

 

 

Muskegon, MI – In honor of Michigan Public Health Week, April 21-25, 2014, Public Health – Muskegon County will be presenting a one-hour free seminar on Thursday, April 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Mercy Health Hackley Campus Youngberg Auditorium titled Working Together to Control the Emergence and Spread of Infectious Diseases in Muskegon County.

 

The event will consist of a review of Muskegon County trends in infectious diseases that are required to be reported to the local health department. Public Health staff will also share their experiences with infectious disease control from the public health point of view. This event is free and open to the public and an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the local public health department as they relate to infectious disease surveillance and investigation.

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

 

Muskegon, MI – The Environmental Health program at Public Health – Muskegon County is seeking public input for the update of the Muskegon County Sanitary Regulations. Originally authored in 1984 and amended in 2005, the Regulations are in need of updating to address oversights and to align them with more recent State of Michigan criteria.

 

Anyone interested in providing input is encouraged to attend the public review meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Annis Water Resources Institute (740 W Shoreline Drive, Muskegon). Copies of the new Muskegon County Environmental Health Regulations will be available at the meeting and a presentation highlighting the significant changes will be provided. Space is limited so reservations are required by calling (231) 724-6208.

 

My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The date is set for a walk to benefit the more than 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis.

The John Ball Park Zoo will host the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 3. The walk is a non-competitive three mile journey to benefit research and programs provided by the Arthritis Foundation.  This year’s event will honor 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 2 years.  Mackenzie is among the 300,000 children and 50 million adults in the United States faced with arthritis.

To register for this year's walk or for additional information, visit the event website here or call (616) 949-9938.

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

Public Input Sought on Update of Muskegon County’s Sanitary Regulations

 

Muskegon, MI – The Environmental Health program at Public Health – Muskegon County is seeking public input for the update of the Muskegon County Sanitary Regulations. Originally authored in 1984 and amended in 2005, the Regulations are in need of updating to address oversights and to align them with more recent State of Michigan criteria.

 

Anyone interested in providing input is encouraged to attend one of two upcoming public review meetings to be held on March 26, 2014 and April 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Annis Water Resources Institute (740 W Shoreline Drive, Muskegon). Copies of the new Muskegon County Environmental Health Regulations will be available at the meeting and a presentation highlighting the significant changes will be provided. Space is limited so reservations are required by calling (231) 724-6208.

 

Knowsmoke Zombie Walk March 19

Knowsmoke Zombie Walk March 19

Knowsmoke Zombie Walk March 19

 

Muskegon, MI – The youth from the Teen Health Center’s Youth Advisory Committee are teaming up with the Knowsmoke Muskegon County Tobacco Reduction Coalition to host a Knowsmoke Zombie Walk at Muskegon High School on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 3:45 pm until 5:00 pm.

 

The youth zombies will be raising awareness of the health hazards of tobacco use in Muskegon County in honor of Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The zombies will be walking through the school hallways which will be decorated as a graveyard with cryptic messages regarding the dangers of tobacco use.

 

March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Month – Free Screening Kits Available

March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Month – Free Screening Kits Available

March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Month – Free Screening Kits Available

 

Muskegon, MI – Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Fortunately, the incidence of colorectal cancer has been steadily declining in large part due to improved early detection and screening tests. To assure that screening is broadly available in Muskegon County, Public Health – Muskegon County participates in the Michigan Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Program.

 

Sen. Hansen applauds Senate passage of bills to increase access to health care

Sen. Hansen applauds Senate passage of bills to increase access to health care

LANSING—The state Senate unanimously approved measures Tuesday that would boost a statewide program that recruits medical providers to serve in underserved areas, said one of the bills’ co-sponsors, Sen. Goeff Hansen.

Hansen said Senate Bills 648 and 649 will improve access to health care in certain areas of the 34th Senate District.

“This is a tool to help employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental and mental health care providers by providing loan repayment to those entering into the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program service obligations,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “These bills serve a critical need.”

The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program service obligations require participants to provide full-time, primary health care services at an eligible nonprofit practice site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area for two years.