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The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 6/20/2017

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The North Shore Health Department is conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) of the North Shore and its seven communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay.  There is growing awareness that health is not just a matter of access to medical care. Health is also a function of the broader environment in which people live. Through a comprehensive data gathering process, the North Shore CHA will identify the health concerns of residents to help inform community health improvement initiatives.

The North Shore Health Department developed a short survey to collect feedback from the residents of the North Shore to identify which health issues are perceived to be of highest priority.  Responses will be used to highlight the health needs of the community in the North Shore Health Department’s 2017 Community Health Assessment.  All responses will be anonymous.  If you are interested in providing feedback, please complete the survey at the link below.


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North Shore Health News

AARP welcomes The Village of Shorewood as Wisconsin’s 1st Age-Friendly Community

Read the full report here.

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide featured on "State of Addiction" 
WISN 12 NEWS did an excellent special report last night on the Opioid Crisis. The entire segment is worth watching, but the North Shore is prominently featured (including our Health Officer, Ann Christiansen) beginning at about 42:00. Access the guide on our website.

Peppermint Oil Not Recommended to remove ticks!

The Health Department has received questions about the social media post circulating and advocating using peppermint essential oil to remove ticks. This is NOT recommended!

As stated in an article in American Family Physician: “Many methods of tick removal that have been reported in the literature have proved to be unsatisfactory in controlled studies. Some methods may even cause harm by inducing the tick to salivate and regurgitate into the host.” The spirochete which causes Lyme Disease, as well as several other tick-borne disease-causing substances, are found in the gut and/or saliva of ticks.

For correct tick removal, see the CDC’s tick removal website.

It is also a good idea to save any ticks that you have removed for a few weeks in case signs of tick-borne diseases appear. One of the easiest ways to do this is to put the tick in a zipper-type bag in the freezer. A saved tick can then be identified, which helps medical providers narrow down potential tick-borne diseases. Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

Health Officer, Ann Christiansen interviews with TMJ4
Our Health Officer, Ann Christiansen, was interviewed on TMJ4 about our Heroin Resource Guide. Watch here: http://ow.ly/RJQx30ailrc

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses caused by the Seoul virus, a very rare type of hantavirus (known as Seoul virus) carried by Norway rats. Individuals who have had contact with rats and who experience Seoul virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. Learn more at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/hantavirus.htm

Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.