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June NewsletterPike County Health Department - June 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Lifeline Medical Alert: Staying Safe at Home for Older Adults
  • Bicycle Safety Tips
  • Back to School Fair
  • Celebrating our Hospice Volunteers
  • Tex Mex Meatloaf Sandwiches Recipe
  • June Ice Cream Socials
  • Testimonial Time
  • June Employee & Event Spotlight

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May NewsletterPike County Health Department - May 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • May is Mental Health Month
  • Meet Your Nurses
  • Hospice Volunteers
  • Weight Loss Challlenge
  • Winning Ways to Well Being
  • May Ice Cream Social Calendar
  • Walk-in Clinic
  • Lemon & Herb Chicken Recipe
  • Nursing Scholarship Update
  • Testimonial Time
  • May Employee and Event Spotlight

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April 2017 NewsletterPike County Health Department - April 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • National Public Health Week celebration April 3-7
  • What does PCHD do for you?
  • Safe Sitter Courses
  • Become a Hospice Volunteer
  • Administrative Professionals Day
  • Kickin' it for Charity, adult kickball tournament
  • Chicken stir-fry with vegetables recipe
  • Approval for Assisted Living Facility & Community Survey
  • March Hospice Volunteer Anniversaries recognized
  • April Ice Cream Social Calendar
  • Testimonial Time
  • April Employee and Event Spotlight

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Car Seat Safety ClassesCar Seat Safety Courses Now Available

The Pike County Health Department has three Certified Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians on staff and is a recognized Child Passenger Safety Inspection Station through National Safe Kids. Any member of the community can come and have a technician check their seat(s) for proper installation, correct improper installations and provide the necessary education needed to ensure future safety. Technicians will also verify if the seat(s) are on the recall list, and if so, will provide the necessary information about what to do in the event of a recall.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Car Seat Safety Class given throughout the year for $15.00. Eligible Primary Caregivers are given a free car seat for attending the class. Appointments are required for one-on-one classes. Please call our office at 573-324-2111.

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March 2017 NewsletterPike County Health Department - March 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • March is National Nutrition Month!
  • National Social Worker Month
  • Gearing up for Public Health Week
  • March coloring page and word find
  • Happy teeth demonstration
  • Gluten free pancake recipe
  • Ice Cream Social Calendar
  • Employee Spotlight
  • Testimonial Time
  • Hospice Volunteer, February anniversaries

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January 2017 NewsletterPike County Health Department - January 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Over 500 children enjoy another Cookies and Cocoa with Santa event!
  • Save the date for the Home Care & Hospice Foundation’s 6th annual Valentine Gala!
  • Home Care & Hospice Foundation annual giving campaign is a continued success and board approves new logo
  • Ice Cream Socials; a tasty new tradition
  • Join us, we are hiring!
  • Walk-In Clinic and Agency Service Fees cut out
  • New Sign Installation
  • Mary Jo celebrates almost 4 decades with PCHD
  • January Employee and Event Spotlight

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December 2016 NewsletterPike County Health Department - December 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
  • Annual 5K Another Success
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Circle of Hope Bracelets
  • Pike County Hospice Hosts Grief Recovery Seminar
  • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Tina Meier Speaks About Suicide and Bullying
  • December Employee Spotlight
  • December Events

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Pike Co. Health Dept. November 2016 NewsletterPike County Health Department - November 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Veteran Appreciation Fair
  • Let's Talk Turkey information - A consumer guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey from the USDA.
  • A Hospice Thanksgiving
  • National Palliative Care Month
  • Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
  • Poster Contest
  • November Employee Spotlight
  • National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

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October 2016 Newsletter

Pike County Health Department - October 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Walk in flu shots
  • 5K Glow Run/Walk
  • Farm Safety for Just Kids
  • Healthy Minds Healthy Lives of Pike County Presents...
  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Tumbler Trivia
  • Mental Health Awareness Support Group
  • October Employee Spotlight

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Brain Injury Awareness

Heads Up to Brain Injury Awareness

Taking part in sports and recreation activities is an important part of a healthy, physical active lifestyle for kids. But injuries can and do occur. More than 2.6 million children 0-9 years are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.

Thankfully there are steps that parents, schools and coaches can take to help make sure kids stay safe on the field, the court, or wherever they play or participate in sports and recreation activities.

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September 2016 Issue

Pike County Health Department Newsletter - September 2016 Issue

In this Issue:

  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month
  • Free Eye Screening Clinic
  • Drive Thru Flu Clinic
  • CPR Training
  • 5K Glow Run/Walk
  • Employee Spotlight

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Pike County Health Department Now Offering Flu Shots During Walk-In Hours

September 9, 2016... The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, co-workers, family and friends by being proactive and getting vaccinated this flu season.  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year.  CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza “flu” vaccination.  The Pike County Health Department is now offering the vaccinations during Walk-in hours Mondays – Fridays from 8 am-12 pm & 1-4 pm.


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Pike County Back to School Fair

Back to SchoolIt’s back! The Back 2 School Fair, sponsored by Pike Community Care Partnership will be held again this year on August 13th, 2016 at the Pike County Fairgrounds from 9am-12pm. This back to school fair is for students that are residents of Pike County Missouri. This fair is intended to, and has been able to help those students returning to school with the burden of costly back to school supplies and more. PCHD is proud to be a part of something that is so helpful to our communities’ children.

All about it: Children MUST be present to get school supplies. Free backpacks with school supplies, free haircuts, free hot dogs, free toothbrushes, informational booths, screenings and so much more! If you have any comments or questions, please call our office at 573-324-2111.

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Save the Date! PCHD Glow Run 5K

Glow Run 5KPCHD has made the switch, from the annual Zombie Run 5K, to the GLOW RUN! Planned for Saturday, October 29th at the Pike County Fairgrounds with more details to be announced in the upcoming months. Grab your friends and family, put on your brightest glow sticks, and run or walk the 5K course!

PCHD is excited to help the community in their commitments to a fit and healthy life style in a fun and bright new way. Keep up to date on details by following PCHD on facebook and our website All proceeds will go to help fund PCHD Public Health Initiatives.


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Car Seat Safety at Tons of Trucks Event

Car Seat SafetyPictured at right is PCHD’s own Robyn Orf speaking with a couple on car seat safety. The “Tons of Trucks” event was hosted by The Little Explorers Foundation where kids of all ages could come and see, and interact with various types of trucks from the city. Car seats aren’t just for cars, they are for trucks too!

Find out more about our car seat safety class, and how you can have your car seat checked at PCHD!


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Health Department to Observe World Breastfeeding Week

July 22, 2016...Pike County Health Department will host two events as part of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). WBW is an annual event that is held the first week of August in over 120 countries throughout the world. The purpose is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for infants. Breast milk is the optimal food for babies and breastfeeding benefits both the child and mother. Breastfeeding lowers the risk for cancer, obesity, heart disease, allergies, asthma, and ear infections.

The Celebration to kick-off the week will be held Monday, August 1st at 1:00 at the Pike County Health Department. All breastfeeding moms, pregnant women and children are welcome. There will be snacks, drawings for prizes, and grab-bags with a variety of items. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the women in our community to connect and share their experiences with each other.

A Grandmother’s Tea will be held on Monday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. This is a special event for the moms and mothers-in-law of expectant women. The pregnant moms can join too. Support is so important in the first weeks and months after the baby is born. This event will celebrate the important role that Grandma plays in the success of breastfeeding and the overall health and well-being of the family. Brunch will be served and there will be games, prizes, and give-aways. Please RSVP for this event to Leah Diffey 573-324-2111.

World Breastfeeding WeekWorld Breastfeeding Week Celebration - August 1, 2016
Grandmother's TeaGrandmother's Tea - Monday, August 8 at 10 am

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Leanne Hinds and Diane BibbPCHD Breastfeeding peer counselor Leanne Hinds (left) graciously donates to the Milk Depot, with Diane Bibb (right) from Hannibal Regional Hospital.

PCHD Attends Milk Depot Grand Opening

May 9, 2016...PCHD Breastfeeding Peer Counselors were at the Grand Opening of the Milk Depot at Hannibal Hospital. Human milk can be donated and will go to the Milk Bank in Indiana where it is processed and given to fragile babies in various NICUs.

Our very own, Leanne Hinds, is the first to graciously donate at the Hannibal Milk Depot. Thank you for giving such a precious gift that will help keep tiny babies healthy. You are amazing!!

For more information about milk donation contact Diane Bibb at 573-406-2122.

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PCHD Receives "Bright Idea" Award

Breastfeeding Peer CounselorsPictured left to right are PCHD’s very own Breast feeding peer counselors: Leah Diffey, Rhiannon Terrill, and Leanne Hinds.

May 9, 2016...The Missouri Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Conference was held in Jefferson City April 26th and 27th. It was a time for Peer Counselors to Network and learn during a variety of talks and panel discussions. Throughout the event, awards were presented to agencies. PCHD received the “Bright Ideas” award.

The Bright Ideas Award was presented to agencies using creative strategies to impact lactation throughout their communities. Pike County was selected for this award for the collaboration with Hannibal Regional Hospital which allows them to provide Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the hospital as well as in the WIC Clinic. The Peer Counselors are able to provide breastfeeding education and support to families before, during and after delivery.

Free Breastfeeding Class!!! Pregnant moms and their support are welcome. Tuesday, May 17th at the Pike County Health Department, 2:00 pm. Topics include Skin to Skin, Colostrum, Baby Friendly Practices, Feeding Cues, Good Latch, & Signs of Healthy Eating. Please contact Leah Diffey for more information or to reserve your spot at 573-324-2111.

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Public Health Week Proclamation 2016Public Health Week is Official!

The commissioners of Pike County signed a proclamation for Public Health week for April 4th-10th. As your local Health Department, we are excited to be able to promote our services to the community. In honor of our public health week we will be offering discounts throughout the week on select services, as well as Injury Prevention information along with goodies, and on Friday will be hosting a public event “Better Health Better Pike County Event. This event will have our first obstacle course featuring the “Pike Pioneer Challenge”, other health promoting vendors, a bubble run for children, free snacks, and more!

Pictured from left: Chris Deeken, Curt Mitchell, Chris Gamm, Rhonda Stumbaugh, Kim Gamm, and Jim Luebrecht.

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PCHD Offering SafeSitter® Babysitting Classes

Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens from 11-14 years old on May 25th, June 10th and June 22nd at the health department. Registration deadline is May 13th for the May 25th class and June 3rd for the June 10th and June 22nd classes. Participants will only need to attend one of the three scheduled dates to complete the course.

Over 650,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $25 and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Call Mary Jo Barr at 573-324-2111 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter.

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PCHD observing National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is observed each year in the U.S. the third week of March. Did you know that every 8 seconds someone needs a poison center…..could you be next?

We often think of children getting poisoned, but most people who die from poisons are adults! Poisoning is a danger to all of us. Almost anything can be poisonous if it is used in the wrong way, the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. Some poisons are:

Taking the wrong amount of medicine or someone else’s medicine, accidentally eating dishwasher soap, mixing cleaners, or having too much alcohol to drink could lead to poisoning.

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Give Your Child A Healthy Smile

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice would like to share valuable dental health information with parents and caregivers. Your child’s first teeth (baby teeth) are important because they hold space for adult teeth. Take care of your child’s teeth to protect them from tooth decay (cavities). Download Newsletter for important information about your child's teeth.

The Health Department has collaborated with Clarity Healthcare from Hannibal, MO to provide certain dental services at the Health Department once monthly. Clarity provides dental cleanings and fluoride varnish applications. Patients will also receive a referral to the Clarity Healthcare dentist for an exam and restorative treatment in Hannibal.

Patients who may schedule a dental visit at the Health Department:

The next clinic is scheduled for March 17 from 8:30 am-3:15 pm.

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