Highland County Health Department

Free PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing available

Prostate Cancer Facts: 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 230,000 new cases of prostrate cancer in the United States in 2014 and more than 29,000 deaths from this disease.  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, sect to lung cancer.  Early detection of prostate cancer significantly increases the chance of survival from the disease.

During the month of June, the Highland County Health Dept. will be offering PSA screenings to men over the age of 50.  Testing can be done at the Care-A-Van or at the Health Dept. by appointment.  For more information, contact the Highland County Health Dept. at 937-393-1941.

We need your help!!

• The Highland County Health Department in conjunction with Clinton County is conducting a community health assessment survey, and your input is needed. The information gained in the survey is for research purposes and will help inform community leaders about ways to better meet the health needs of the residents in the county.

Confidential and anonymous! The responses will not be linked to any individual or IP address. No identifying info will be collected.

• To take the survey click on the following link: http://go.osu.edu/mycommunityhealth

Healthy and Safe Swimming


Weather Events:

Spring can also bring severe storms, power outages and flooding.

 

NOTICES:
Notice #1. Payment options.

  • The Highland County Health Department accepts the following types of payment for various services offered: Cash, Money Orders, Corporate checks, and Personal checks issued in Ohio with the account holder's drivers license number or state ID number written on the check.
  • This office is currently unable to accept debit or credit cards.
  • Effective 9/19/2013 out-of-state personal checks will no longer be accepted.


Notice #2. In order to receive immunizations at the Care-A-Van or at clinics the following must be available:

  • An up-to-date shot record. Shot records will not be looked up during clinic hours or on the Care-A-Van. If you need a copy of a shot record, please contact and request a copy from this office.  The office phone number 937-393-1941
  • Medicaid Card and/or the following private insurance card: Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Medical Mutual, AEtna and TriCare
  • If not parent/legal guardian the person accompanying the child must be at least 18 years of age.

Notice #3. Sewage Treatment System Test Requirement for 2015

  • Under the 2015 requirements, all persons registering as a sewage treatment system installer, service provider, or septage hauler shall take a test on the sewage treatment systems rules.
  • In December, 2014, the Highland County Health Department administered the Ohio Dept. of Health (ODH) Sewage Treatment System test for Sewage Treatment System Installers, Septage Haulers, and Service Providers who operate in Highland County. Additional test dates will be determined on an individual basis.
  • If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to take the test at our office, please contact Kyle Arn, R.S. at 937-393-1941.
  • Additional information on the new sewage rules and alternate testing locations can be found at  the ODH website: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/sewage/Contractor/contrac1.aspx

Notice #4. Flu Shots

Influenza Vaccinations are now available at the Highland County Health Department.

  • The Quadravalent vaccine is available for adults and children 6 months of age and older.
    Flu vaccinations are available at the health department during immunization clinic hours, or on the Care-A-Van.
    If your health care coverage is provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Medical Mutual, AEtna and TriCare, please have your insurance card with you.  If not covered by any of the mentioned carriers the cost of the vaccine is $25.00.

 

HOT TOPICS

Below are some topics that you or your family may find interesting.  For additional topics and information please visit our various divisions (Environmental Health, Public Health Nursing, Vital Statistics, and Emergency Response Program) by clicking on the above corresponding tabs.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CALENDER OF EVENTS: Our calendar lists upcoming events, board meetings, shot clinics, Care-A-Van Schedules etc.  To access the calendar please click on the "HCHD Calendar of Events" tab located to the right of this screen just below the RESOURCES heading.

Board of Health Meetings: The Highland County Board of Health generally meets the 3rd Monday of each month (except for the months of January and February which are generally rescheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of those months due to holiday conflicts).  The meetings are held at 4:30pm in the conference room within the Highland County Health Department.  Public is welcome to attend. For more information please contact our office at 937-393-1941.

 BED BUGS

Currently there is little to no assistance available to help get rid of bed bugs.

Bed bugs can be very hard and costly to eradicate.
The following web links offer good information on the prevention, inspection and eradication of bed bugs:


Ohio Department of Health’s Bed Bug Information page
Bed bug information – University of Kentucky
Bed bug information - New York City Health Department

Central Ohio Bed Bug: http://centralohiobedbugs.org/

SCHOOL NEWS 
  • Head Lice Update:  The following links provide educational information on head lice, treatments, history etc. that may be of interest:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/110/3/638.full.html

http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/smid/824/ArticleID/40/Default.aspx

  • All students entering 7th grade in the fall of 2015 are required to receive a TdaP vaccination.  It is strongly recommended that children this age also receive a Meningitis vaccine and begin the series of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine known as Gardasil.
    All children entering kindergarten in the fall will need to be up-to-date on their immunizations.
  • ODH School information: The Ohio Dept. of Health's Back to School webpage has many topics related to school environments.

    http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/backtoschool.aspx
    Some of the school related topics covered on their school webpage are: Prevent Illness, Immunizations, Medications, Vision School Vision and Hearing , Screenings, Back to School Safety Pledge from Safe Kids USA, Backpack Safety, Traveling to and from School, Food Safety and Nutrition during the School Day, and Bullying and what to do.

  • Packing lunches for students and safety concerns.
  • Keeping "Bag" Lunches Safe  see: www.fsis.usda.gov
  • Fight BAC's "BAC to School - Safe lunch" flyer: http://www.fightbac.org/storage/documents/flyers/bfs%20keeping_bag_lunch_safe.pdf

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE TOPICS:


 

FOOD SAFETY

FOOD  & RELATED RECALLS: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odanews/ODARecalls.aspx?div=Food%20Safety

Food Facility Water Interruption Guidelines:

Holiday & Special event Meal Preparation:

The USDA Meat & Poultry Division Food Safety Hotline:  1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) Year-round Monday -Friday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. ET.
Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
For automated responses via the Internet 24 hours a day and a live chat during Hotline hours:  go to AskKaren.gov

Summertime Fun: This time of the year brings many activities that involve food such as picnics, graduation parties, camping, reunions, outdoor BBQ, etc.  Planning ahead to incorporate safe food handling practices can help minimize the chance of foodborne illnesses. Although food safety includes various aspects it can generally be accomplished in 4 simple step. Foodsafety.gov provides a expanded safe food handling information regarding the following 4 simple steps.

CLEAN Wash hands: Hand washing is especially important before eating, before/during/after food preparation, after coughing/sneezing/blowing your nose, after using the restroom, etc. Wash surfaces, utensils, cutting boards: To prevent the spread of bacteria, use hot soapy water on counters, utensils & cutting boards.  Wash these items thoroughly after each use to help minimize the chance of cross contamination.
SEPARATE Keep raw meats/poultry below or away from other foods.  Store in ray meats trays, bags to help contain juices.
COOK Make sure to thoroughly cook foods.  Use a thermometer to verify temperatures. Food charts can be found at the Foodsafety.gov site.
CHILL Refrigerate foods within 2 hours.  Don't overfill refrigerators.
Also visit the above "Environmental Health" tab to access our Food Safety program that provides tips on food safety, handwashing, food storage etc.

SPECIAL INTEREST SITES

USFA fact sheet: Home Fire Safety and Holiday Decorating

USFA fact sheet: Winter Home Heating and Fire Safety

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Contact Us

1487 N. High St.
Suite 400
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: 937-393-1941
Fax: 937-393-4694
Email: highcohd@odh.ohio.gov

Hours of Operation:

Monday and Wednesday:
8:00 am to 5:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Closed holidays and weekends