The mission of the Preble County General Health District is to promote and improve the good health and well being of the people living and/or working within Preble County.
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National Infant Immunization Week
April 26th through May 3rd is National Infant Immunization Week.
Several important milestones already have been reached in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants worldwide. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. In addition:
•Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
•In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, few physicians just out of medical school will ever see a case of measles during their careers.
•Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs.
•The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.
It’s easy to think of these as diseases of the past. But the truth is they still exist. Children in the United States can—and do—still get some of these diseases.
One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is an increase in measles cases or outbreaks that were reported in 2013. Data from 2013 showed a higher than normal number of measles cases nationally and in individual states, including an outbreak of 58 cases in New York City that was the largest reported outbreak of measles in the U.S. since 1996. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html
Created: 2013-04-16 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:17:43
PCPH Announces Change in Prenatal/Reproductive Health Providers
Starting April 1, 2014 Preble County Public Health would like to welcome Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program as their new Prenatal & Reproductive Health Providers.
The Prenatal & Reproductive Health Clinics are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Health Department will continue to accept Traditional Medicaid, Caresource, Molina, Buckeye, United Healthcare Community Plan, and Paramount Medicaid Managed Plans.
Created: 2014-04-10 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:18:01
Alcohol Awareness in April and Beyond
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol has shown to increase the risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and several types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Preble County Public Health encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of excessive alcohol intake.
In Ohio alone, there were more than 23,000 arrests for impaired driving in the past year. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Preble County Public Health is joining other organizations across the country to promote Alcohol Awareness Month.
If you or someone you know is drinking too much, the first step that can be taken to improve your health is by cutting back or quitting. While the process is not always an easy one, here are some strategies to help you start:
• Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
• Keep track of how much you drink.
• Don’t drink when you are upset.
• Avoid places where people drink a lot.
• Make a list of reasons not to drink.
In the event you are concerned about someone else’s drinking habits, talk with them and offer to help.
Created: 2014-04-07 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:18:18
Health Inspections that Stick
In an effort to expand on our mission to Prevent, Promote, & Protect the public’s health in Preble County, the Preble County General Health District (PCGHD) is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform both businesses and patrons that food service operations and PCGHD are working together to provide a clean and safe environment for the public to consume and purchase food.
Starting this March, upon a standard health inspection at a restaurant, grocery store, or any place licensed in Preble County, PCGHD will be distributing a brand new Health Inspection decal. This decal will be prominently displayed so that the public can easily see and recognize that a food service operation in Preble County is being inspected on a regular basis and meets the standards the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code.
Along with recognizing efforts by local businesses, the intent of this ongoing campaign is to better educate the public on matters of food safety and help build confidence in consumers (You!) when dining or purchasing food at establishments found throughout Preble County.
Created: 2014-03-06 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:18:27
Be One in a Million Hearts
February – the time of valentines, hearts and flowers. It is also the time to remember the importance of your own heart health.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in three (approximately 800,000) deaths reported each year in the United States. There are many risks to heart disease including age, race, gender, income and behavioral health. The leading three risks are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
Million Hearts is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from all of us. There are steps that each of us can take to reach this goal as a nation. As individuals we can do the following:
• PREVENT heart disease and stroke in your family by UNDERSTANDING the risks.
• GET UP and GET ACTIVE by exercising for 30 minutes on most days of the week.
• KNOW your ABCS:
o Appropriate Aspirin Therapy
o Blood Pressure Control
o Cholesterol Management
o Smoking Cessation
• STAY STRONG by eating a heart-healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits
and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
• TAKE CONTROL of your heart health by following your health care professional's instructions for medications treatment
Be one in a Million Hearts and see how your actions can make a positive difference. A Million Hearts begins with you.
Created: 2014-02-03 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:18:50
January is National Radon Action Month
This is a great time for homeowners to learn about the risk of radon in their homes, and take action to reduce exposure.Radon is a colorless, odorless gas from the soil that can build up in homes and may pose an increased risk of lung cancer to occupants. The only way to know if radon exists at elevated levels in a home is to test, so the U.S. EPA recommends that all homeowners take steps to test their homes.
Many Ohio counties, including those in the Miami Valley, are designated as Zone 1 counties by U.S. EPA, meaning the highest potential for elevated radon levels exists. This makes it especially important for homeowners to consider testing their homes and taking corrective action if needed. Preble County General Health District, the U.S. EPA, Ohio Department of Health, and the Surgeon General recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon gas.
Vouchers for free radon test kits are available at the Preble County General Health District located at 615 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. If elevated indoor radon levels are detected, they can be corrected with the installation of a ventilation system to direct the problematic gas outdoors. Since the testing and correction of elevated Radon levels are not required by law, home owners are able to determine the best protocol to address problem.
To obtain a voucher for a free Radon testing kit please contact Preble County General Health District at 937-472-0087. More radon information is available by visiting www.rapca.org, www.epa.gov/radon, or http://radon.utoledo.edu . Residents can also call the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency at 937-225-4435 with any questions.
Created: 2014-01-07 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:19:11
PCGHD is now on Google+!
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Created: 2013-11-26 Updated: 2014-04-16 11:19:20