Health Department Initiates New Fees for Food Service Licensing & Consultation
A new system for assessing food establishment fees went into effect March 1, 2014. Under the new rules, an establishment’s annual license fee will be set according to the degree of complexity, and attendant risk, involved in its operation. Establishments will be categorized as low risk, medium risk, or high risk, each with a different assigned fee. For some, this will allow their annual fee to decrease, while others may pay a higher fee than in the past. For additional information, please see:
Health Department & Baraga County Memorial Hospital to Host PATH Workshop
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a six week program that teaches practical skills for living a healthy life with a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, or heart disease. Topics include healthy eating, physical activity, managing medications, communication skills, fall prevention, and much more. People who have attended this six session program feel better, are less limited by their health problems, and spend less time at the doctor or in the hospital.
The class will meet on Tuesday afternoons, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, April 8th thru May 13th at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. There is no cost to attend the PATH Workshop. For more information, please view our flyer or contact Baraga County Memorial Hospital at 906-524-3322 to register.
Health Department Receives Awards
Western UP Health Department was the recipient of two awards at a recent meeting of local and state health agencies.
From the Michigan Department of Community Health, WUPHD was selected for a Director’s Award for its leadership, collaboration and innovation through the Community Health Assessment. The Director’s Award was one of three granted by the state health department for excellence in public health practice.
In a related honor, the agency also received the Community Achievement Award, presented jointly by the Michigan Public Health Association and Michigan Association for Local Public Health. The award recognizes the successful collaboration of the health department and area hospitals and behavioral health agencies in supporting public health research and improvement for the benefit of the region’s population. Partnering in the project were three Aspirus hospitals – Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Grand View – Portage Health, Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Copper Country Community Mental Health, Gogebic County Community Mental Health, and Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency.
It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!
If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in one of our scheduled flu clinics, not to worry! Vaccine is available. Please contact your local health department office to schedule an appointment.
Health Department Releases Regional Health Assessment
Western U.P. Health Department has released an extensive health data report for use by health care and community planners, and a companion summary version for the general public. The full Western Upper Peninsula Regional Health Assessment and the 8-page Report to the Community are the culmination of a year-long effort to quantify and understand the health status and health care needs of people living in the five Western U.P. counties and neighboring Iron County, Wisconsin.
The health department conducted the project in partnership with health care providers serving Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. The partners are hospital-based systems Aspirus Keweenaw, Aspirus Grand View, Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, Baraga County Memorial Hospital, and Portage Health, along with behavioral health agencies Copper Country Community Mental Health Services, Gogebic County Community Mental Health Authority, and the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency.
Both the community summary and the complete regional health assessment can be viewed by clicking the links below: