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North Shore Health Department Highlights 12/12/17

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The North Shore has a high percentage of residents age 65 and older. According to the 2010 US census, 17.3% of North Shore residents fall into that age category, compared to 11.5% in Milwaukee County and 13.8% in Wisconsin. The North Shore Health Department (NSHD) supports older adults in our community with several programs and services.

1.       Remembering When group presentations: NSHD partners with North Shore Fire/Rescue (NSFR) to provide group presentations, as developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Some presentation topics cover Preparedness, First Aid, and How to Get the Most from Your Doctor Visit. Contact us if you would like a presentation tailored to your group.

2.       Remembering When home safety assessments: These assessments include a home safety (including fire risk) assessment by a member of NSFR and a functional fall risk assessment by a registered nurse from the NSHD. The functional fall assessments, based on the CDC’s STEADI Toolkit, can be done in the home or either health department office, by appointment.

3.       Blood pressure screenings: NSHD nurses provide blood pressure monitoring at community locations each month. visit www.nshealthdept.org/clinics for clinic dates/times.

4.       Homebound flu Immunizations: NSHD provides flu shots for older adults and others unable to leave home to get this important yearly vaccine.

5.       Referrals: NSHD may provide referrals/resources in response to calls from an older adult, the older adult’s family or based on a referral from NSFR. Some resources include Community Based Waiver programs, home delivered meals, Interfaith programs, congregate meals and in-home supportive services.

The NSHD is currently exploring additional program opportunities that will benefit the older adults in our community.   These may include the Stepping On program--an evidence based program aimed at reducing the incident of falls among older adults, and a community-wide survey to identify barriers to healthy aging in the North Shore.  


Health Insurance Market Place Deadline Reminder

If you don’t have health insurance through your employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/

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Affordable Health Care Act Information 

Many people are confused by what they read online and hear in the news, but here is what everyone needs to know: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the Marketplace or Healthcare.gov, has health insurance plans available statewide, and most people qualify for discounts to make those plans more affordable. For 2018 coverage, consumers need to enroll in, or renew, their health coverage through the Marketplace before the December 15 deadline. Consumers who enroll for 2018 health insurance will have those plans available to them regardless of any changes in federal or state law.

IMPACT belongs to the Milwaukee Enrollment Network working in collaboration with Covering Wisconsin to help Milwaukee County residents understand their health insurance options, enroll in the plan of their choice, and help navigate the different levels of available discounts.

Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 to schedule a free appointment with a health care navigator or other local enrollment assistor. People may also schedule their own appointment with a navigator online at coveringwi.org/enroll.

ACA  Health Insurance Open Enrollment Assistance 

The ACA Health Insurance Open Enrollment period is happening now thru Dec. 15, 2017. If you have questions, a Financial Counselor will be available to answer them and make appointments for 1:1 assistance at St. Mary's Ozaukee Huiras Free Clinic (13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon).

Find her from 5-9 pm on Wednesday November 29th and Wednesday December 6th. All are welcome to stop by and ask questions--open to community members as well as patients.

Important Recall Information on Infant Sleep Positioners

The FDA has issued a consumer update to warn of the risk of infant suffocation with the use of infant sleep positioners. The federal government has received reports about babies who have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners

View the video and links below for more information. 




Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

Check out the Lead Poisoning Prevention toolkit that the health department created at Protecting Our Kids From Lead.

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

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.