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North Shore Health Department Highlights 5/22/2018

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Wisconsin has declared May 2018 as Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month and May 22, 2018 as Trauma-Informed Care Day in Wisconsin. Trauma-informed Care (TIC) is not a therapy, intervention, or specific action. It is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Trauma is extreme stress that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can be an event, a series of events, or set of circumstances that harms a person's physical or emotional well-being. The essence of TIC comes down to the question of not, ‘What's wrong with you? but, ‘What happened to you?’ This shift in perspective leads to answers that get at that root cause of issues.

There are four elements of a trauma-informed approach:

Realizing the prevalence of trauma - Many individuals experience trauma during their lifetime. Nationally, 61 percent men and 51 percent of women will experience at least one trauma in their lifetime.

Recognizing how trauma affects individuals - Research shows that trauma disrupts the central nervous system and overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It often results in feeling vulnerable, helpless, and afraid. It interferes with relationships and fundamental beliefs about oneself, others, and one's place in the world.

Responding by putting this knowledge into practice - This approach lessens the blame on people who have had adverse experiences in their lives and instead acknowledges it may not be their fault they are acting badly. It shows the person that there is an understanding that their past experiences may be affecting their present behavior. This promotes healing.

Resisting traumatization - TIC takes steps to minimize situations that could cause distress or mirror the person's traumatic experiences.

To learn more about TIC visit:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tic/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html

https://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma-interventions

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The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. As in previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 

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North Shore Health News

State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee

The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.

The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:

7171 N Teutonia Ave.
370 E Capitol Dr.
2826 N MLK Dr.
3522 W Wisconsin Ave.
2625 W National Ave.
Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.


Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is Now Open 

The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. Just like previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 



Thursday, May 3rd will be Randie Parks’ last day with the North Shore Health Department. After 11 years of service, Randie is officially retiring. Randie is a Public Health Nurse who has been involved in many areas of the department. She is part of our Communicable Disease Prevention and Control program where she investigates and works to control the spread of reportable diseases. In her time, she has worked on emerging diseases H1N1 flu, Ebola, Zika, and more recently mumps and measles. Randie has also been the nurse who works with schools and day cares in our region to make sure they are in compliance with the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law. We thank Randie for her many years of service to the department and wish her well in retirement!


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Find collection sites at:
 https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/


Kiddie Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a


Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The energy assistance program offers funds to help  residents avoid disconnection. The application period is October 1st-May1st. View the flyer to get more information 



IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT!

Flu is NOT just a “bad cold”- it is potentially deadly. Of NS residents hospitalized for flu, none who were vaccinated required admission to an intensive care unit or mechanical ventilation, indicating that the flu vaccine may have lessened the severity of their illness. View the full post on our clinic page. 

Visit our clinic page or call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 today to schedule your flu shot if you have not had one yet.


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.