Oakland County among the top for Health Behaviors

Celebrate National Public Health Week

For the third consecutive year, Oakland County ranks second in the state for health behaviors and in the top five for overall key factors that affect health, according to the County Health Rankings Report released today. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson credits this achievement to his administration’s focus on quality of life initiatives including the hard work and commitment of the Oakland County Health Division’s numerous community collaborative efforts to improve … [Read more...]

Sample a Class or Activity at the OPC in March

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Spring Into Action This March at the OPC Spring Into Action this March with free classes and programs designed to introduce the community to the OPC, the place to be for adults 50 and older. From March 17 through March 23 all residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are invited to come and sample a variety of classes and activities held at the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) in Rochester. Spring Into Action is sponsored by SameAddress, a program of the Area Agency on … [Read more...]

Put Hunger on the Run!

There is a great opportunity coming up this fall to get outdoors with friends and family and at the same time help those less fortunate right here in the neighborhood. The 5th annual Scare Away Hunger 5k Run/Walk and family event to benefit Neighborhood House will be held on Saturday, October 24. The event, proudly supported by Platinum Sponsors Eagle Ottawa, Chief Financial Credit Union and Renaissance Capital Alliance, is expanded this year and will be held at a new location -- The Village of … [Read more...]

Health Division Kicks Off Flu Season

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) will once again offer the flu vaccine that guards against four flu viruses this season beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6. This year’s vaccine protects against Type A H1N1, H3N2, and two Type B strains which are most likely to occur this season. “Our goal is to keep our residents healthy,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “We urge them to take the necessary precautions against the flu this season and every season.” “Get a flu shot … [Read more...]

West Nile Virus Takes Life of Oakland County Woman

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed an 81-year-old woman from Oakland County died due to complications from West Nile Virus (WNV), the Oakland County Health Division announced today. She is the first human WNV-related death in Oakland County since 2003 and the first this year in Michigan. “This is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile Virus can be, especially for adults over 50 who are at greater risk for severe illness," said George Miller, director of … [Read more...]

Last Call to Enter 8th Annual HealthPlus Brooksie Way Races

Runners and walkers aiming to take part in the eighth annual HealthPlus Brooksie Way races had better kick it in gear because time is running short. The HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon begins Sunday, Sept. 27, morning at 8 a.m. at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University. Online registration ends Thursday at noon. Final registration is available in person on Friday from 3 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Health Fitness … [Read more...]

Two Confirmed Cases of West Nile Virus in Oakland County

Recently, the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) received laboratory confirmation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of two human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Oakland County. So far this year, two mosquito pools, a crow and a blood donor have also tested positive for WNV. “All residents are strongly urged to follow prevention tips to protect themselves from WNV, especially those who are 50 and older who are more susceptible to severe symptoms,” said Kathy … [Read more...]

Pontiac’s St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named Medical Main Street’s INNO-VATOR of the Year

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital was named Medical Main Street’s 2015 INNO-VATOR of the Year for its Intelligent Care System, a suite of 11 technology solutions integrated to create a safer patient environment as well as improve efficiency of the clinical staff. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement Wednesday during Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION reception, presented by Oakland University. The event was held at Petruzzello’s Banquet Hall in … [Read more...]

Oakland County Blood Donor Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Earlier this week health officials confirmed a crow tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Now, the Oakland County Health Division received confirmation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of a blood donor testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Oakland County. The American Red Cross consistently tests blood donations for a wide variety of infectious diseases. Recently, mosquito pools and a crow have also tested positive for WNV in Oakland County. “With so … [Read more...]

Health Officials Confirm Crow Positive for West Nile Virus in Oakland County

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) today said a crow collected in Oakland County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services laboratory confirmed the positive test. Mosquito pools in Oakland County have also tested positive for WNV in recent weeks. “This is an important reminder that West Nile Virus is present in our community,” said Kathy Forzley, OCHD manager / health officer. “Many of us are spending time outdoors, especially … [Read more...]