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Commemorating World AIDS Day

By Laura Fredrickson, HIV/AIDS coordinator at Marquette County Health Department World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministers from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale. It was first observed in 1988, and was the first ever global health day. World […]

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Drug abuse prevention starts early

By Marquette County Health Department staff Did you know that favorable attitudes toward drug use are a predictor of early drug use for youth? This may seem like common sense, but changing youth attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs can serve as a protective factor. The old adage “do as I say not as I […]

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Understanding psychological abuse and how it affects parenting

By Anette Doren, family health educator, Marquette County Health Department Domestic violence is a significant public health problem that can have devastating effects on our families and on our communities. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. This abusive behavior can be […]

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Fighting childhood obesity

By Kelly Byczek, registered dietitian, Marquette County Health Department We all know that obesity is on the rise. More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. What does that mean for our children? Unfortunately, we are […]

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Teen clinics provide needed services

By Gerald A. Messana, MPA, health officer,  Terry Frankovich, MD, medical director, Marquette County Health Department Every parent knows the stress involved in getting a call from school because their child is ill and needs to be picked up right away and taken to a health are provider—hopefully that same day. It is often no less […]

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Combatting hepatitis worldwide

By Kathleen Mell, Marquette County Health Department World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on July 28. It is a day that brings the world together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. Officially endorsed by the World Health Organization, World Hepatitis Day unites health organizations, governments, […]

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License to serve

By the Marquette County Health Department Environmental Health Staff It’s that time of year again. Summer events are starting and temporary food vendor stands are opening. In Michigan, people providing any food to the public (free or for sale), are required to have a food service license. There are several food licenses available and the […]

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Preventing teen pregnancy

By Andrea Juchemich, public health nurse, Marquette County Health Department The vast majority of teenage pregnancies, as we know, are unplanned and not intended. Nevertheless, these pregnancies carry numerous and widespread burdens not only for the mother-to-be and unborn child, but also for society in general. The most recent reported annual cost (2010) to taxpayers […]

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Public health, a history

By Jerry Messana April 3 through 9 is National Public Health Week, a time to celebrate and recognize the many contributions of public health and the positive influence it’s had on the health of populations locally and across the globe. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, public health “is credited with adding […]

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A home for hospice

by Noah Hausmann Plans are in place to begin construction of the first hospice house in the Central U.P. this spring, as long as fundraising goals for what will be known as “Trillium House” are met. If all goes according to plan, the hospice house would be open to patients in the fall. The eight-bedroom […]

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What’s in your water?

John Cox, R.S., Environmental sanitarian Marquette County Health Department Many homes in Marquette County have on-site drinking water supplies, which is simply, a well versus a municipal drinking water supply. A municipal water supply is overseen by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). MDEQ requires regular water sampling and qualified staff to maintain the […]

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Fat, the much maligned nutrient

by Bryon Ennis The day I began to see fat in a different light occurred 10 years ago. My companion and I, Ron, a retired chiropractor, and an active yoga instructor, had stopped for breakfast on our way to a day of birding. I knew that Ron had different notions about food than were popular at […]

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Marquette County a Community that Cares

by Scott Ham What is the measure of a community? The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” offers us a useful perspective for considering this question. It suggests that the function of a community is, to no small extent, the protection of the interests of its most vulnerable members. Or, looking […]

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Commemorating World AIDS Day

by Laura Fredrickson As we commemorate the 28th annual World AIDS Day on December 1, I would like to take a moment to look back and remember the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future. It was 1981 when the first young, otherwise healthy American men first became sick and died with […]

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Health programs focus on infants and children

Health programs focus on infants and children Marquette County Health Department has a long history of providing services to promote healthy families and children, including families who have children with special health care needs. One program involved in this effort is the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), which was created in 2004 following the consolidation […]

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