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Announcement:

Beginning in April 2014, the Elyria City Health District will be providing an opportunity for scheduled appointments for childhood immunizations.  To schedule an appointment for vaccinations please call us at 440-284-1570. 

We will also be changing the walk in clinics to the new schedule below:

NEW Children's immunization clinic schedule:

Walk-in clinic (no appointment necessary)

1st Thursday of each month from 8:30am-11am

Please be sure to bring your child's vaccination record to any walk-in or scheduled appointment

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Lorain County Project Dawn:

Opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of deaths in Lorain County.  Some examples of Opioids include: heroin, morphine, codeine and oxycodone.  In order to save lives, the Elyria City Health District is collaborating with the Lorain County General Health District to distribute a medication called nasal naloxone that can reverse an opioid overdose.  Nasal naloxone is available for parents, partners and all persons interested in preventing overdose of a loved one.

The next distribution/training to be held at ECHD is scheduled for:  May 8, 2014 from 5pm to 7:30pm

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ECHD to host Affordable Care Act sign-ups.

ECHD will host representatives from Lorain County Health and Dentistry on April 22 & April 24 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm to assist persons who have not yet signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act

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Unused or Expired prescription drug turn in:

The Elyria Police Department and the Lorain County Sheriff's office will be turn in sites for unused or expired prescription drugs on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10am-2pm  Don't flush them down the drain or possibly let them get into the hands of someone else, this is a great way to properly dispose of them.

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Start Talking! : Building a Drug Free Future

In 2011, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio.  Start Talking! is Ohio's new youth drug prevention initiative.  This initiative encourages Ohioans to embrace prevention focused programs aimed at raising awareness and encouraging conversation, all in an effort to stop drug abuse before it starts.  For more information: Click here
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Cessation of Tobacco Sales at CVS
The Elyria City Health District congratulates CVS Caremark for having the fortitude and conviction to improve the health of the public by making the decision to cease selling tobacco products in its stores. 
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Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can cause long term issues of disease resistance to them.  The CDC has developed the "Get Smart" campaign to stress that antibiotics are not always the answer, and to promote their proper use.  Click here for more information.

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 Safe sleeping for infants.  This is always a priority.  Billboards are located throughout the county with this message.

What is Safe Sleep?

Baby Sleeps Alone

Baby sleeps in a crib,
bassinet, or pack-n-play

Use a firm mattress with a
fitted sheet

Baby sleeps on their back

Wears a one-piece sleeper

Make a bare naked sleep area

NO pillows, blankets, bumper
pads, or toys

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Public Health Futures Report:

The Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures has completed its report to the Governor.  The report includes recommendations for legislative and fiscal policies that can be considered for inclusion in the SFY 2014-2015 operating budget bill.  Click here to read the report.

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Lorain County Health Assessment:

ECHD along with the Lorain County General Health District, Lorain City Health District, the Public Services Institute at LCCC, the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and several other agencies conducted a health assessment for Lorain County in late 2011. The assessment was conducted to identify issues affecting the health of all Lorain County residents.  Information from the report will be used in strategic planning to create a Community Health Improvement Plan.  This plan will help shape the programs of the future.

Click here for access to the assessment report.  Information specific to Elyria can be found on page 113 of the complete report.  Feedback to the report is welcomed.

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Free Dental Sealant Program for Children:

The Elyria City Health District has obtained a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to provide free dental sealants to 2nd and 6th grade children who attend schools in Lorain County that meet eligibility requirements.

Click here for more information.

Click here to see how sealants work.  

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Get the lead out!

Through a Lorain County consortium, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant has made funding available to provide help to income-qualified homeowners.  Landords are also eligible to receive a loan that will be 100% forgiven over a five year period if the landlord abides with the terms of the loan and their tenants are income-qualified.  Renters may apply on behalf of their landlord to receive assistance.

For more information on applying for this lead grant, contact the City of Elyria Community Development Department at 440-326-1541.

For more information on lead poisoning please visit our Environmental page or click here

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Inspections of Food Service Facilities, Public Pools/Spas and Tattoo Operations temporarily unavailable online:

Due to computer upgrades that have created a compatibility issue, copies of food service, pool/spa and tattoo operation inspections are not available online at this time.  We will soon be switching to a new program provided by the Ohio Department of Health that will be a warehouse for all inspections in the state.  We anticipate that this program will launch in a couple of months.

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TEXT4BABY

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition announces the creation of text4baby, a free mobile information service for pregnant women and new moms.  Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) receive 3 free text messages each week timed to their due date or baby's date of birth.  The messages are on various topics such as: immunization, nutrition, mental health, oral health, safe sleep and prevention of birth defects.  The messages can also help connect women to prenatal and infant care services.  Click here for more information.

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 NEW!  The Elyria City Health District has created a short film in order to promote public health and to show the community of Elyria what types of services the health district has to offer.  Click the following link to view this film:
 
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Our Mission Statement:
The Elyria City Health District is a community driven organization forming partnerships to promote good health for all through leadership, service and education. 
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To report a Class A reportable communicable disease or to report any other public health emergency that can affect the general population to the Elyria City Health District outside of our normal working hours, call 440-329-5444 and appropriate health district personnel will be contacted.
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