North Shore Health Department Highlights- June 30th, 2015
Happy Fourth of July! Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about firework safety. Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F— hot enough to melt gold. Check out www.nfpa.org for more safety tips.
A public health nurse attended a training to learn about a Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST). These teams provide service and reasonable accommodations to people with access and functional needs in a shelter setting after a disaster. The training helps to provide proper planning prior to an incident. During an incident the FAST will help assess people with access and functional needs when entering a reception center or shelter and help them get what they need to safely stay there. This may include access to medications, assistive equipment, providing/determining additional ways of communication, or safe transportation after the incident clears. If you are interested in more information or are interested in becoming a member please visit this website: http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov/resources/fast.asp
Did you Know?
The health department does multiple tuberculosis skin tests every month for students, new employees, and yearly tests for people working in health care or daycare settings. Not only do we provide TB skin tests, we also follow up on any tests that are positive in the North Shore. If the TB skin test is positive, more testing may be needed to determine if it was a false positive or if the patient has latent or active tuberculosis. The health department then works with the state and the client’s physician to provide treatment for latent or active tuberculosis. For more information on tuberculosis or the Wisconsin Tuberculosis program please visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tb/index.htm
What safety concerns do you have for children in the community? Share your opinion in a short 2 question survey and help us out. Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSchildsafety
The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Look and see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play. Stop in at either the Brown Deer or Shorewood office of the Health Department and ask to see a copy.
The 2012 North Shore Community Health Survey Report prepared by JKV Research, LLC is available here. This survey is done every five years.
2012 North Shore Community Health Survey Summary.pdf
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.