Harrison County Health Department
L-R Seated: Rita Krueger, Rhonda Stuart, Autumn Wiley, Sharon Miles, Sarah Linthacum
2nd Row: Tonya Seiter, Courtney Cross, Gayle Guess, Christy Erwin, Delcena Hamilton, Trent Willhite, Ryann Rosier, Charlotte Gregg, Emily Jacobs
3rd Row: Alisha Noble, Fred Lindsey

 

 

 

Please click on the link for tips on how to talk to your child about bullying.


http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/teenager/bullying/prevention/how-talk-about-bullying-your-child

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. NOVA's "Vaccines—Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

 

This is a very informative video on vaccinations!



http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/vaccines-calling-shots.html

Indicators of Online Abuse

 

Behavioral changes that occur with online exploitation

 

~Change in personality

~Change in or loss of friends

~Sudden drop in grades

~Becoming more secretive: minimizing the screen when someone else enters the room, maintaining multiple email accounts, spending time online away from home in addition to/instead of at home, spending all day/night online.

~Unexplained gifts/money: Can include online gifting such as music downloads, game subscription, enhanced or continued online access, and cell phones/minutes, webcams and digital cameras.

 

 

 

Behavioral changes that occur with cyberbullying

 

~Secrecy about Internet activities

~Fear of social interaction

~Trouble sleeping

~Drop in grades

~Lowered self-esteem

~Frequent request to stay home from school or visits to the school nurse’s office.

 

http://missourikidsfirst.org/mosaferonline/?page_id=812

 

 

A BIG shout out to the schools at South Harrison and Gilman City for being a tobacco free campus and to North Harrison for being smoke free! Gilman City also included e-cigarettes in their policy. Why do we want e-cigarettes in smoke free policies? "Because the standard is clean indoor air NOT less dirty air"!

Click on the link below to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes.


http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0905-ecigarette-use.html

Due to the acknowledged hazards of tobacco use and secondhand smoke the Harrison County Health Department and Harrison County Hospice has been a smoke free campus for the past 4 years.  It is our company policy to provide a tobacco-free environment for all employees and visitors.  This covers any tobacco product and the use of smokeless or “spit” tobacco, and applies to employees, contractors and visitors of the Health Department and Harrison County Hospice.  Tobacco use will be strictly prohibited within the building and anywhere on Health Department and Hospice grounds.  This also includes the prohibition of smoking in privately owned vehicles parked on Health Department and Hospice grounds.

 

For support in quitting smoking, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm

CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

 

U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak, December 2014-January 2015


Summary


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks (which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities about this measles outbreak and to provide guidance to healthcare providers. Healthcare providers should ensure that all of their patients are current on MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. They should consider measles in the differential diagnosis of patients with fever and rash and ask patients about recent international travel or travel to domestic venues frequented by international travelers. They should also ask patients about their history of measles exposures in their community. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, to primary care providers, and to microbiology laboratories.


Background


Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness. It begins with a prodrome of fever, cough, coryza (runny nose), conjunctivitis (pink eye), lasting 2-4 days prior to rash onset. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from 4 days before their rash starts through 4 days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to 2 hours on surfaces and in the air.


If you would like more information on the Measles Outbreak please click the link below:


http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html


Family celebrating with holiday meal


“Resolve to Undo Holiday Overindulgences.”  Good tips to help our county residents get back on track to healthy eating.


http://www.cdc.gov/features/healthyresolutions/index.html



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“The Real Cost” website has fact sheets on toxic mix, no safe tobacco and did you know? There is also information on addiction, health costs, and smoked tobacco.  This is a thought provoking website.



http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/

Why become a Hospice Volunteer?

 

Volunteers are a valuable part of care for Harrison County Hospice.  Their gifts of time, energy and skills fill a unique role that only they can provide.  There are a variety of ways that you can give your time, talents and experience for our hospice patients and their families that may include: supporting the patient and families with home visits; provide administrative support in our office; visit or call bereaved families; or become a friendly caller to those who need a calm, helpful telephone companion.  Each volunteer is free to choose how much time he or she would like to give-you may work out a regular schedule or prefer to be available to fill in as needed.  Harrison County Hospice provides hospice volunteers specialized training to develop the skills they’ll need to work with patients and their families.  To explore volunteer opportunities at Harrison County Hospice, please contact us at the Harrison County Health Department and Hospice at 660.425.6324.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program


If you or if you know anyone who could benefit from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), please click on the link below for the energy assistance application.


https://dss.mo.gov/fsd/eassist/pdf/hcapp.pdf

For information on Ebola please contact your local Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control.

For information about Alzheimers use these links:

www.alz.org and www.alzheimers.gov



Please see our new Privacy Act Statement linked below!

Our mission at the Harrison County Health Department is to protect and promote quality of life and health for county residents by developing and implementing programs and systems that provide:  information and education; effective oversight; quality services; and surveillance of diseases and conditions. 

 

Our vision is of healthy Harrison County residents that live in an environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Harrison County Health Department values a work environment and programs characterized by consistency, honesty, responsiveness and trust.  We are concerned, dedicated professionals who are adaptable in a rapidly changing environment.  Above all, we respect our customers, and maintain for them the highest standards of service.

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