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
All Good Things Must Come To An End......

With much trepidation, we at the Harrison County Health Department and Hospice said goodbye to an amazing Board member.  After over 30 years serving on the Board of Trustees for the health department, Linda Robertson made the decision to retire from the Board of Trustees.    She stated it had been a real learning lesson.   Linda experienced a lot in those 30+ years – she had been through several Administrators, nurses and staff.  She held all offices on the Board.  She also commented on all the changes over the years as to how our health care system has changed and also how the government has changed the funding for all health departments.   Linda has a love to be with people and her hobbies include working in her flower gardens, sewing and crocheting.   She worked at Wal-Mart for 27 years before retiring in 2012.   In Linda’s words, “I have enjoyed the many years and friends I made and will miss all of them.  I am just ready to enjoy my family and life.”  Time well deserved!  Thanks so much to Linda for all her years of service and commitment to the health department and the health of our community-she will be greatly missed!

4 Steps to Becoming a More Patient Parent



http://www.empoweringparents.com/how-be-more-patient-parent.php

April 18th-25th is National Infant Immunization Week. We encourage everyone to contact their health care provider or health department to make sure your family is immunized.


The observation is held annually to highlight the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases.


Please click on the link below for the "Top 10 Reasons to Immunize".


http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/pdf/niiw/immunize.pdf

 

 

The Missouri Poison Center has released their 2014 Annual Report. They serve each and every city and county in the State of Missouri and handled over 66,000 calls in 2014. They also have a BRAND NEW website. Click on the link and check it out!


http://missouripoisoncenter.org/about-us/annual-reports/

April is Child Abuse Awareness month.  We will be posting different articles, links, and resources throughout the month to help recognize and prevent child abuse.  The majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive.

Smoking can cause sleep problems.

 

Scientists have linked the smoking of cigarettes specifically to the development of several serious cancers, heart disease, routine infections, anxiety and depression. While the toxic chemicals and heavy metals consumed during smoking are to blame for these destructive health risks, nicotine — the substance that makes smoking so addictive — is often disruptive to another aspect of health entirely: sleep. Smoking regularly can wreak havoc on the body’s natural sleep routine, and some of that damage cannot be undone.


More information can be found at: 


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/how-smoking-affects-sleep_n_6792954.html

 

 

 

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

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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