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CHAMPAIGN HEALTH DISTRICT MISSION
The Mission of the Champaign Health District is to prevent Illness and to protect the community by promoting healthful living practices and assuring public health needs are met by a skilled and prepared workforce.
Champaign County residents are healthy and live in a safe environment.
Part-time position for Registered/Licensed Dietician, Dietetic Technician or Registered Nurse: two years public health or related experience. Salary range $14.50 to $17.50. All interested applicant may mail their resume to The Champaign Health District, Attention: Mary Collier, 1512 S. U.S. Highway 68, Suite Q100 Urbana, Ohio 43078 or email email@example.com.
The Champaign Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
What is TB?
“TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. TB germs are passed through the air when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes. Anyone near the sick person with TB disease can breathe TB germs into their lungs.
TB germs can live in your body without making you sick. This is called latent TB infection. This means you have only inactive (sleeping) TB germs in your body. The inactive germs cannot be passed on to anyone else. However, if these germs wake up or become active in your body and multiply, you will get sick with TB disease.
When TB germs are active (multiplying in your body), this is called TB disease. These germs usually attack the lungs. They can also attack other parts of the body, such as, the kidneys, brain, or spine. TB disease will make you sick. People with TB disease may spread the germs to people they spend time with every day.
If the TB disease is in your lungs, you may:
cough a lot,
cough up mucus or phlegm (“flem”),
cough up blood, or
have chest pain when you cough.
If you have TB disease, you may also:
lose your appetite,
have a fever, or
sweat a lot at night.
These are symptoms of TB disease. These symptoms may last for several weeks. Without treatment, they usually get worse.
If you get TB disease in another part of the body, the symptoms will be different. Only a doctor can tell you if you have TB disease.
How do I know if I have latent TB infection or TB disease?
If you have been around someone who has TB disease, you should go to your doctor or your local health department for tests.
There are two tests that can be used to help detect latent TB infection: a TB skin test or a TB blood test. The skin test is used most often. A small needle is used to put some testing material, called tuberculin, under the skin. In 2-3 days, you return to the health care worker who will check to see if there is a reaction to the test. In some cases, a TB blood test is used to test for TB infection. This blood test measures how a person’s immune system reacts to the germs that cause TB.
Other tests are needed to show if you have TB disease. An x-ray of your chest can tell if there is damage to your lungs from TB. TB disease may be deep inside your lungs. Phlegm (“flem”) you cough up will be tested in a laboratory to see if the TB germs are in your lungs.
If TB disease is in your lungs or throat, you can give TB germs to your family and friends. They can get sick with TB disease. You may have to be separated from other people until you can’t spread TB germs. This probably won’t be for very long, if you take your medicine as your healthcare provider instructs.
Can TB be treated?
If you have TB infection, you may need medicine to prevent getting TB disease later. This is called “preventive” treatment.
TB disease can also be treated by taking medicine. If you have TB disease, it is very important that you finish the medicine, and take the drugs exactly as you are told. If you stop taking the drugs too soon, you can become sick again. If you do not take the drugs correctly, the germs that are still alive may become difficult to treat with those drugs. It takes at least six months and possibly as long as one year to kill all the TB germs.
It is very important that you take your medicine as your doctor recommends.
For information regarding Tuberculosis, please visit the CDC website. Click here
The Champaign Health District will be holding a TB clinic on May 18, 2016 at the Champaign Health from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
By Steve Moore
Champaign Health District
Did you know that a small container holding less than a cup of water is sufficient for the development of mosquitoes?
For further information, see the Urbana Daily Citizen..
A Community Health Assessment meeting was held on February 3rd, 2016 to review recent data regarding the health of our community. Four taskforces were created to review this data including Substance Abuse, Healthy Living, Mental Health and Young Child Wellness. The priority of this meeting was to identify what our health issues are.
If you would like join one or more taskforces in our community to improve our health, you are welcome to be part of our community health improvement team. If you have any information to share with us about the health of our community or comments on the attached assessment, we would welcome your input. Please contact the Health District at 937-484-1606.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
The national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced last week the latest local and state health departments to receive accreditation, including ODH and three more of Ohio’s local health departments – Erie County Health Department, Huron County Public Health, and Medina County Health Department. Congratulations to the employees of all three local health departments for joining a select group of local health jurisdictions in Ohio and nationally that have earned PHAB accreditation! In Ohio, eight of 122 local health jurisdictions are now PHAB-accredited: Columbus Public Health; Delaware General Health District, Erie County Health Department, Huron County Public Health, Licking County Health Department, Mahoning County District Board of Health, Medina County Health Department, and Summit County Combined General Health District. All of Ohio’s local health jurisdictions must be accredited by July 1, 2020. Nationally, only 96 state and local health departments are accredited, and two states – Ohio and Illinois – currently have nine PHAB-accredited health departments each. Despite the critical role of public health, there had not been nationally recognized standards for public health departments until 2011 when PHAB was launched with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The national accreditation program sets standards toward which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously work to improve the quality of their services and performance.
Do you need a guide of health and welfare related services in Clark and Champaign Counties. The Community Health Foundation Resource Guide is an invaluable resource of nonprofit or governmental agencies as well as commercial and for-profit organizations and individuals that provide services. Many provide services that are either free or offered at reduced cost or on a sliding fee scale. They may also welcome self-pay patients, accept Medicaid and/or Medicare, or offer specialized or unique health/welfare related services. Or, they have unique hours of operation. Click here to access this resource.