Washtenaw County Public Health

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The new open enrollment period for Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace has begun, and efforts in Washtenaw County are off to a good start.


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After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.


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As parents get ready to send children back to school, health officials are calling for kids to get appropriate vaccinations.  The request comes at a time when more Washtenaw County parents opt out of vaccinations than other counties in the state.     

Washtenaw County Public Health Immunizations Coordinator Chris Karpinski says vaccines are a safe easy way to prevent illness from spreading.

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Mumps, pertussis and other diseases are a growing concern in Washtenaw County because many children haven't been vaccinated against them.

Washtenaw County places 66th out of Michigan's 84 counties for fully-vacinated children between the ages of 13 and 17.

Washtenaw County Public Health Medical Director Alice Penrose says some diseases that aren't common are starting to come back and could become a major problem.

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Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. 

Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business. 

Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:

No New HIV Cases Seen At Testing Day Event

Jul 3, 2014
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Last week's HIV Testing Day in Washtenaw County was a success, especially for its participants.

No new cases were discovered among the 25 people who received testing, but HIV remains a growing problem within the community.

Washtenaw County Public Health nurse practitioner Cathy Wilczynski says it is especially affecting younger adults.

Officials are still trying to determine why the number of cases of HIV is on the rise locally.

Washtenaw County Reports Illness Due To E. Coli

May 14, 2014
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  Michigan health officials say they have five confirmed cases of people getting sick from the eColi bacteria, including one in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County Public Health epidemiologist Laura Bauman says the local victim appears to have gotten sick after eating an under-cooked hamburger at a restaurant.  She says the victim has since recovered.

Bauman says it's important to make sure any meat or chicken you throw on the grill this summer is thoroughly cooked.

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Vaccinate your child. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, That's the message from health officials after a record number of cases of Pertussis were recorded in 2013.   

 2013 was a record year, though not one to be happy about.  

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Washtenaw County finds itself at the top of the list of Michigan's healthiest counties for the fifth straight year.

The "health factors" rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute consider things like the availability of parks and recreational facilities, along with social and economic factors. 

Susan Cerniglia is Public Information Officer for Washtenaw County Public Health.  She says they know there's a strong foundation for good health in the county.

The bitter cold weather is expected to last through the weekend causing health concerns.  

Washtenaw County’s approximately 60,000 residents on Medicaid or without any dental insurance will have a source for dental work starting next year.  The Washtenaw County Commissioners Wednesday night approved plans for a Public Health Department owned dental clinic. 

Washtenaw County Public Health is accepting applications for its Healthy Workplace Awards. The awards honor businesses and organization that promote a healthy living environment in the workplace.  Kathy Fellabaum is  a Health Educator with Washtenaw Public Health.  She says businesses that promote healthy living in the workplace are a real benefit for employees. Fellabaum says you can nominate a business or organization for the Healthy Workplace Awards by filling out an online nomination survey. Businesses can also nominate themselves. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm March 15 and awards will be announced the week of April 7. 

Test Kits on Sale during Radon Action Month

Jan 13, 2014

A sobering fact during National Radon Action Month:  nearly half of all homes in Washtenaw County contain high levels of radon gas. 

Radon is a potentially harmful gas. It is tasteless, colorless, and odorless.

Angela Parsons is Washtenaw County's Environmental Health Education Coordinator. She says there's no easy way to determine if a house has radon other than to test for it.

Washtenaw County Public Health is offering radon test kits for half price this month.

Kits cost $5 and are available at the Western County Service Center.

Where can I get a long-term radon test kit?

  • Washtenaw County Environmental Health has alpha-track test kits available at our office for $20 each, which includes the cost of postage and laboratory analysis. The test kits can be purchased at the Western County Service Center. Test kits can also be mailed to you for an additional $2 to cover postage and handling. For questions or to order a test kit by mail, please call (734) 222-3869. 
  • To order an alpha track detector online, visit LandauerAccustar Labs or RSSI.