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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday,  The North Shore Health Department will be closing at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 22nd. We will also be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. 

North Shore Health Department Highlights 11/21/2017

Did You Know?

National Diabetes Month is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they have it. There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can help reduce its impact on your life. People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for serious health complications including heart disease and stroke, blindness and eye problems, kidney disease, and amputations. You can help reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and losing weight.  Unfortunately, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can’t be prevented. Controlling your blood sugar levels can help you avoid or delay these serious health complications. Living with diabetes can be difficult, but health lifestyle choices can give you more control over them. Some tips include:

Every day: stay active, eat a healthy diet, and take medication if prescribed; check feet for redness, swelling, pain, or sores.
Each health care visit (several times a year): get a blood pressure check and foot check.
Twice a year: get an A1C test and dental checkup.
Once a year: get a cholesterol test and kidney function test, visit your podiatrist (foot doctor) and eye doctor.

If you have any of the following diabetes symptoms, see your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested: urinate (pee) a lot, often at night, are very thirsty, losing weight without trying, are very hungry, blurry vision, numbness or tingling hands or feet, feeling very tired, very dry skin, sores that heal slowly, and have more infections than usual.

To learn more about diabetes visit: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/index.html , https://www.niddk.nih.gov/ ,


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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North Shore Health News

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.