Tag Archives: Jill Fries

Emergency preparedness takes center stage in September

by Jill Fries What does it mean to be prepared? Is it possible to be prepared for any and all inclement weather, medical or man-made emergencies? Probably not. However, the more prepared you and your family are, the better equipped you will be for the proverbial “curve ball” thrown your way. National Preparedness Month is […]

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Tips from a health educator on having ‘the talk’

by Jill Fries, health educator, Marquette County Health Department Years ago, I used to speak to high school health classes, youth groups in churches and parent groups regarding sexually transmitted infections. I would explain what they are, how they are transmitted (and how they are not), and how you can protect yourself. One thing became […]

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The Resiliency Wheel

Developing a resilient community

by Jill Fries, emergency preparedness coordinator, Marquette County Health Department The buzz word in the emergency preparedness world is “resilience.” It is a good word, an adjective that I think applies to the character of the Upper Peninsula in general. According to Merriam-Webster, resilient refers to an object that can “spring back or rebound”; “returning […]

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A ready nation starts at home

September was National Preparedness Month. The goal is to have a nation ready for inclement weather, national or man-made disasters and biological or chemical threats. How can you prepare a nation the size of the United States of America? A nation becomes prepared by educating and informing people, and preparing one community at a time. […]

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by Jill Fries At the Marquette County Health Department, we attempt to foster healthy, happy babies through a wide variety of services and programs. Some programs such as WIC (the Women’s Infant and Children Supplemental Food Program) offer nutritional education in conjunction with food assistance. There is the car seat safety program that promotes safe […]

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H1N1—the next great pandemic?

By: Jill Fries From an historical perspective, what occurred this spring and into the summer is very similar to what occurred in Spring 1918, although somewhat milder. In late January and early February 1918, Loring Miner, physician to the residents of Haskell County (Kansas) began seeing patient after patient with influenza-like symptoms. However, in Miner’s […]

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Awareness, education key to preventing breast cancer

by Jill Fries Since 1991, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has implemented a comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) through a multiyear grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With these funds, low-income women have access to lifesaving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if […]

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