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North Shore Health Department Highlights 2/20/2018

Did You Know?

Firearm deaths, including homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings are a prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Each year we lose over 30,000 people from firearm-related violence. The public health approach is focused on finding the cause to a problem and implementing preventative measures. Gun violence can be studied with the same approach by using tools such as surveillance, epidemiologic analysis, intervention design, and evaluation to develop solutions and policies to eliminate the threat. To enhance the public health approach to gun violence, advocates argue we need better data, more research, stronger policies like better criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, expanded access to mental health services, resources for school and community-based prevention, and access to gun safety technology.

 

What is the North Shore Health Department (NSHD) doing to prevent violence?

The NSHD is an active member of REDgen, a North Shore coalition dedicated to promoting balance and resiliency for children and teenagers.

In partnership with Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) to prevent youth and adult suicide and other firearm-related violence, the NSHD distributes gun locks to police departments in the North Shore.

NSHD is also a part of the Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Coalition. The coalition promotes suicide prevention by providing education, increasing awareness, and facilitating community collaboration. Reducing access to lethal means like firearms has been a focus of local and national suicide prevention groups for many years.

Helpful resources:

https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/gun-violence

http://www.preventsuicidemke.org/

http://www.redgen.org/


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SPECIAL MESSAGE

It’s time for the Community Health Survey!
 
Every three years, the health care systems and public health departments in Milwaukee County partner to gather information on the health and health behaviors of our residents. 2018 is the third year of the cycle, so a survey year. Phone calls will begin on January 8th. If your landline or cell phone shows a 414 area code number from “Management Decisions,” please answer the call and help us gather data to increase our knowledge and focus our resources on health issues.  



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North Shore Health News

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.



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. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XS9a5UxWKI

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsum…/ConsumerUpdates/ucm227575.htm

https://www.fda.gov/…/Prod…/SIDSPreventionClaims/default.htm


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.