Harrison County Health Department

Bethany, Missouri

1st Row: Rhonda Stuart, Tonya Seiter
2nd Row:  Courtney Cross, Sarah Linthacum, Delcena Hamilton, Ryann Rosier, Sharon Miles
3rd Row: Fred Lindsey, Trent Willhite, Charlotte Gregg, Emily Jacobs, Gayle Guess, Autumn Wiley
4th Row:  Alisha Noble, Rose Wright
Not pictured:  Christy Erwin, Colt Bohannon
The link to the Harrison County Resource Guide can be found on our website at: page49.html

The Zika page for the general public contains basic information about Zika virus infection, and includes links to more information on Zika and pregnancy, as well as to Zika-related information for travelers, and to steps everyone can take to control mosquitoes. The page is available at:



Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recommends top five steps Missourians can take to protect against mosquito and tick bites


Prepare for summer by protecting against bug bites


With summer right around the corner, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) compiled the top five tips for protecting against mosquito and tick bites. Missourians all across our state will be enjoying our great parks, trails and streams, and should know all the proper precautions to take.


Additionally, while there have not been any cases of Zika virus locally transmitted in Missouri or anywhere else in the continental United States, these tips can help people protect themselves from all mosquito and tick-borne illnesses and ease concerns Missourians may have.


“We want Missourians to enjoy all the great parks, trails and streams our state has to offer, while also protecting themselves from mosquito and tick bites,” said Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Director Peter Lyskowski. “A few easy steps, like wearing insect repellent or ensuring there is no standing water around a person’s home, provide protection against very serious diseases that bugs can carry.”


DHSS lists these top five tips as the best way to protect against bug bites:


1)     * Wear insect repellent on your skin and clothing: When used correctly, insect repellent is the best way to avoid mosquito and tick bites, and even children and pregnant women can use it. Consult the CDC for acceptable repellent: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

2)      *Wear loose fitting clothing that covers skin: When weather permits, wearing long, loose-fitting shirts and pants can reduce your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito, especially when combined with the use of insect repellent.

3)     *Ensure windows, screens are secure and use air conditioning when possible: Keeping the doors, screens and windows in your home secure and intact, along with using air conditioning to keep your house cool when possible, will help reduce your exposure to mosquitoes by keeping them outside.

4)     *Eliminate standing water around your home:  Mosquitoes can lay eggs in water-filled containers. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home.

5)     * Talk to family members and friends about the importance of mosquito bite avoidance: The best way you can help protect those you care about is by sharing these tips and suggestions with your friends or family members.

For more information, the CDC has more about avoiding insect bites, especially while travelling, that Missourians can review and consult: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites

April 4th-10th is National Public Health Week. Some people may ask "What is public health?" Checkout the great things public health departments are doing to keep communities healthy. We're a little partial to everyone at 1:57!




As we celebrate the accomplishments public health has made over the years, we focus on these public health facts:
·         Build a nation of safe, healthy communities - Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds.
·         Help all young people graduate from high school - Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods.
·         The relationship between increased economic mobility and better health - It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children.
·         Social justice & health - Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health.
·         Give everyone a choice of healthy food - Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants.
·         Preparing for the health effects of climate change - Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream to our environments at work, school and home affects our health downstream.
·         Provide quality health care for everyone - Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels.
·         Strengthen the public health infrastructure - Strong and consistent funding levels are necessary for the public health system to respond to both everyday health threats and unexpected health emergencies.



If you are looking for tips on how to quit smoking please visit the CDC website below:


Meet our breastfed babies from the Health Department! Kinley who is the newest addition is 3 weeks old, Emmasue just turned
3 ½ months, Rylin will soon be 5 months, and Savannah is the oldest at
8 ½ months old. They are all GORGEOUS! Keep “Eating Local” girls!

Meningococcus Vaccine - Why Do College Students Need It? Click on the link below and watch the short video!




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.


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).




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.

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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