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

The Health Department's open office day will be changing from Friday to Thursday beginning  January 8, 2015! Open office day is the day that we always have a nurse in office for immunizations or nail clipping, etc. Please pass the word. 


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/



Volunteer Training


The Harrison County Hospice will be offering Volunteer Training in February.  We provide services in Harrison and parts of Gentry, Mercer, and Daviess Counties.  If you are interesting in volunteering to such a special program, we would love to have you.  For questions or interest in our Volunteer Program, please call 660.425.6324 and ask for Gayle or Rhonda.

Well Child Clinic

 

Harrison County Health Department provides comprehensive Well Child visits on a monthly basis for children from birth to 5 years old.  Making health a priority for children ensures the health of future generations.  Research has shown that many medical conditions affecting adults begin in childhood.  Well Child visits can begin as early as 2 weeks.  The usual schedule is 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months.  Then once a year until the age of 5.  We promote regular checkups, physical exams, immunizations, developmental screening, diet counseling, growth and development advice, behavior and discipline advice, dental screenings and advice, and information about available health services and referrals.  Please call the Health Department at 660.425.6324 to make an appointment for your child to be a part of our Well Child Clinic.  Please click on the link below for more information for Well Child. 



http://health.mo.gov/living/families/healthychildren/exams.php

WIC Clinic
 
If you or someone you know could benefit from Women, Infants, Children, (WIC) Program please contact us at the Health Department. Our WIC Clinics are held on Tuesdays by appointment. To setup an appointment please call 660.425.6324.


Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.
 
Please click on the link below to learn more information:
 

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.

BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH

 

January is recognized as Missouri Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness Month to remind all women of childbearing age that steps can be taken to promote a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.  Since nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it is critical that all women capable of becoming pregnant maintain optimal health preconceptionally, before getting pregnant, and interconceptionally, between pregnancies, to improve birth outcomes and reduce the risk of birth defects.  Take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent up to 70% of serious birth defects, abstain from alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs; monitor medication and prescription drugs; avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and harmful chemicals; have a preconception checkup followed by early and regular prenatal care; and learn your family medical history.  Visit http://health.mo.gov/pregnancyandbeyond or call the Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood at 800.877.6246.

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

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The adult market for smokeless cigarettes that vaporize a nicotine-laced liquid has been booming.  

  

Acute nicotine toxicity in children is on the rise due to the increase in "vaping" with electronic cigarettes by adults.  This is because curious kids can find themselves playing with the hand-held vaporizing gadgets and the liquid nicotine inside them.

There are 3 main types of electronic cigarettes:

  • Disposable e-cigarettes that cannot be refilled and used again.
  • An e-cigarette device that uses pre-packaged replacement cartridges.
  • An e-cigarette that has a small tank that can be refilled from a big bottle of nicotine liquid.

Disposable and prefilled cartridge e-cigarettes are the least dangerous because the liquid nicotine ordinarily can't leak out unless the cartridge is somehow broken. However, the refillable devices need to be refilled from larger containers, which are not fitted with child-resistant caps and the liquid nicotine flows out easily.  The nicotine is so concentrated that even a small amount can be toxic.  Symptoms occur with minutes and include a stinging bitter taste, drooling, gagging, vomiting, and dizziness.  In severe cases, seizures and a fatal drop in blood pressure could occur.

 

Children's natural behavior and curiosity puts them at risk if the e-cigarettes are within their reach.

  

Children like to play with interesting things they find, and to imitate the grown-ups in their lives, who just might be vaping with e-cigarettes. Children are also attracted to the array of colors and candy and food flavors that the nicotine liquid comes in.

  

If e-cigarettes are in the home, be aware and take care!

  • Always keep e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine locked up and out of the reach of children.
  • Use caution when refilling e-cigarettes.  Protect your own skin when handling the products.
  • Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
  • If you think someone has been exposed to an e-cigarette device or liquid nicotine, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.  

    • 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



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      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.

       

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