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North Shore Health Department Highlights 11/14/2017

Did You Know?

The American Cancer Society has set aside the third Thursday of November for the Great American Smokeout event. This event encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance to stop smoking that day. By quitting, even for 1 day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. Take the first step on November 16th.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, and is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. You can lower your risk of lung cancer by quitting smoking, getting your home tested for radon, avoiding exposure to cancer causing chemicals, and eating a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. Some common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that does not go away/coughing up blood
  • Chest pain/shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Infections (bronchitis, pneumonia) that keep coming back

The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to quit smoking. About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age.

Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (800-784-8669) for more information and resources on quitting.
For more information on lung cancer visit www.cancer.org

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

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.