The original item was published from September 15, 2017 11:16 AM to September 15, 2017 11:27 AM
The Health Department promotes positive health behaviors among all citizens while seeking out particularly vulnerable population groups and individuals in need of health information and special services. “We take a lot of pride in the services that we provide, and we try to put a lot of thought into what each program needs to offer in order to provide the best outcome for our citizens,” says Martha Hall, Health Officer at the Lenawee County Health Department. “When people come to the Health Department, they are quite surprised at all of the services we provide to the community,” says Hall. “To say it is an eye-opener would be an understatement.”
Preventive Health Screening Programs
The Health Department also provides a number of preventive health screening programs for citizens of Lenawee County. One example is the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Navigation Program (BCCCNP). This program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings and education for women ages 40 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured.
Bobbi Roberts, a hairdresser who lives in Ottawa Lake, has been receiving these services from the Health Department for the past three years. Her physician referred her to the program. One of the things she likes most about the program is the friendly staff at the Health Department. “They make you feel like you are their next door neighbor,” says Bobbi. “And they take good care of you.”
Local Vaccination Program
Vaccinations are another important service offered by the Health Department. Infants, children, teens, and even adults need vaccines to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as chicken pox, measles and mumps.
Marie Wallich, a resident of Adrian, came to the Health Department to get updated on her vaccines. “I chose the Health Department in Adrian because it’s convenient to where I live,” says Marie, whose younger sister also received her vaccinations at the Health Department. “If this service had not been available, I likely would have had to drive to Ann Arbor as my primary care physician no longer provides vaccines.”
Additional Health Care Services
The Health Department also provides hearing and vision screenings, tuberculosis testing and control, sexually transmitted infections and HIV testing, and many other services. Some of these services are free of charge, while others are provided for a reasonable fee. Services are strictly confidential and no one is denied care due to their inability to pay for services.
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Having worked at the Lenawee County Health Department for 22 years, Ms. Hall is deeply committed to the mission and values of the public health system. She also knows the positive impact it can have on a community. “There’s a lot of value in our services.”
To learn more about the services provided by the Health Department, please visit the Lenawee County Health Department