Health Division: Get back-to-school vaccinations in July

In a press release the Oakland County Health Division recommends getting back-to-school vaccinations in July in order to avoid the August rush. Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield are open to give immunizations on Mondays from noon – 8 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Vaccines can save your child’s life,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Vaccinating your child can protect them against 14 different diseases such as chickenpox and … [Read more...]

Guard against West Nile Virus over July 4th

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges residents to take precautions to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus (WNV). The recent rainfall coupled with warmer weather creates the perfect breeding ground for a large mosquito population to develop very quickly, the Oakland County Health Division said. “Our Health Division stresses prevention to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors for any activity,” Patterson said. “Using insect repellent and … [Read more...]

Crittenton Home Care Nursing Student Awarded Scholarship from Michigan Association for Home Care

Melissa Kuebler, accepts the Allied Health Scholarship from Barry Cargill, executive director of Michigan Association for Home Care, along with her mother, Lynn Kuebler, (far left) who is also a nurse at Crittenton Home Care and Pamela Wozniak, director of Crittenton Home Care Certified Division.

According to a press release, the Michigan Association for Home Care, along with the Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook Allied Health Scholarship, recently awarded Crittenton Home Care employee, Melissa Kuebler, its $2,000 Allied Health Scholarship in honor of her work and education in both the nursing and home care professions. Kuebler is currently enrolled at Baker College where she will continue as a nursing student in the fall. Kuebler has worked at Crittenton Home … [Read more...]

Local Wound Care Center® Joins Healogics, Inc. to Raise Awareness of Chronic Wounds

National Wound Care Awareness Week is being held June 2 – June 6, 2014 in cities nationwide. The Wound Care Center at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week from June 2 to June 6. One of nearly 600 Healogics managed centers; Crittenton’s Wound Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week … [Read more...]

Oakland County Health Division and ‘Healthy Pontiac, We Can’ coalition garners Innovation in Health Care Award

The “Healthy Pontiac, We Can” (HPWC) coalition, facilitated by Oakland County Health Division, was recognized last night with an Innovations in Health Care Award at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s (NKFM) Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner for their efforts to prevent chronic health conditions in the City of Pontiac. The award was presented by the Kidney Foundation, Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan Association of Health Plans. HPWC also received a special tribute from … [Read more...]

Keep food safe during holiday weekend

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In wake of recent E. coli illnesses and the ground beef recall by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges residents to practice food safety this Memorial Day Weekend and all summer long. Whether at a picnic, outdoor event or grilling at home, the following tips from the county’s Health Division on preparing, storing and cooking food will help protect individuals from foodborne illnesses. Cook meats to a safe internal temperature - Use a meat … [Read more...]

Get Your Community Moving with a Labor Day Walk

Michigan Fitness Foundation

Celebrate the Holiday with fun physical activity for all ages The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) encourages communities to engage in fun physical activity by hosting a 2014 Labor Day Community Walk. “Promoting and encouraging Michigan’s tradition of celebrating the end of summer through outdoor family fun was the catalyst for this celebration,” said Marilyn Lieber, President and CEO of MFF. “Each year, while nearly 50,000 Michiganders travel to the Mackinac Bridge to participate … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses in Oakland County likely related to Ground Beef

In a recent press release issued, The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), along with local health departments in Oakland, Kent, Livingston, and Ottawa counties, are investigating a cluster of recent illnesses due to the bacteria E. coli O157. There is one confirmed case of an Oakland County resident who acquired the illness in Ohio. Five confirmed Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157 illnesses have been reported in adults between 20-41 … [Read more...]

Girls on the Run

Long Meadow Elementary Girls on the Run!

When it comes to the younger generations, the media often focuses on negative issues like obesity, violence, and substance abuse. But one group of girls in the Rochester area are making a difference in a beautifully positive way. Long Meadow Elementary has a team of 19 girls who participate in an organization called "Girls on the Run." Girls on the Run is a nonprofit for 8-13 year old girls, in which girls learn valuable tools to develop self-esteem, confidence in uniqueness, and how to … [Read more...]

HealthPlus Brooksie Way awards $10K in minigrants and unveils logo

BW_7th year logo

A program that teaches individuals living with Down Syndrome how to ride a conventional bike, an elementary school’s recess run club, and a family fitness event in Pontiac are among nine recipients of the latest round of The HealthPlus Brooksie Way Minigrants. The minigrants, totaling over $10,000, were awarded Saturday at the 2014 kick-off of The HealthPlus Brooksie Way at Oakland University’s Rec Center. Race organizers and sponsors also unveiled the logo for the seventh HealthPlus … [Read more...]