The mission of the Preble County General Health District is to promote and improve the good health and well being of the people living and/or working within Preble County.
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8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
January is National Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month. This is a great time for homeowners to learn about the risk of radon in their homes, and take action to reduce exposure. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas from the soil that can build up in homes and may pose an increased risk of lung cancer to occupants. The only way to know if radon exists at elevated levels in a home is to test, so the U.S. EPA recommends that all homeowners take steps to test their homes.
Many Ohio counties, including those in the Miami Valley, are designated as Zone 1 counties by U.S. EPA, meaning the highest potential for elevated radon levels exists. This makes it especially important for homeowners to consider testing their homes and taking corrective action if needed. Preble County Public Health, the U.S. EPA, Ohio Department of Health, and the Surgeon General recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon gas.
Vouchers for free radon test kits are available at the Preble County Public Health located at 615 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. If elevated indoor radon levels are detected, they can be corrected with the installation of a ventilation system to direct the problematic gas outdoors. Since the testing and correction of elevated Radon levels are not required by law, home owners are able to determine the best protocol to address problem.
To obtain a voucher for a free Radon testing kit please contact Preble County Public Health at 937-472-0087. More radon information is available at links below. Residents can also call the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency at 937-225-4435 with any questions.
www.rapca.org, www.epa.gov/radon, or http://radon.utoledo.edu
Created: 2015-01-27 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:07:53
Cribs for Kids
Next Cribs for Kids class is scheduled in February. Call (937)683-4104 to see if you qualify.
Created: 2015-01-27 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:08:06
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
Preble County Public Health is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to invite women and their families to make a PACT to reduce the risk of birth defects in their future children by making healthy choices throughout their reproductive years.
Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Every 4½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect. Professionals, community groups and the public can act to reduce the risk of certain birth defects, detect those that occur as soon as possible and prevent secondary complications.
Not all birth defects can be prevented; however, all women, including teens, can lower their risk of having a baby born with a birth defect by following some basic health guidelines throughout their reproductive years. This year we encourage all women to make a PACT for their own health and the family they may have one day.
• Get as healthy as you can before you get pregnant.
• Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Avoid harmful substances
• Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
• Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
Choose a healthy lifestyle
• Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats and oils.
• Be physically active.
• Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.
Talk to your doctor
• Get a medical checkup.
• Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
• Talk about your family history.
Women and their loved ones can participate in their PACT and take these important preventive steps that can lead to a reduction in the number of birth defects.
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network in collaboration with many state and local organizations are working together to share in a nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact. Become an active participant in National Birth Defects Prevention Month and continue your efforts throughout the year. Learn more about the effect you can have on birth defects at
Created: 2015-01-27 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:08:23
2014 Flu Screening Questionnaire
2014 Cost for Flu vaccine. Adults - $25.00 and Children - $ 15.00
Available Mondays from 9am -11am and 3pm - 5pm. No appointment needed for flu shots.14 flu var.pdf
Created: 2014-10-14 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:08:31
Cribs for Kids Program
Sadly, more than three Ohio infant deaths each week are sleep-related. Preble County Public Health is pleased to announce we will be offering Cribs for Kids through Dayton Children's Hospital to provide infant survival kits to families in our community. Each survival kit includes a portable crib (Graco pack-n-play), sleep sack, magnet, book and pacifier.
This program is open to all families meeting the following program requirements:
· A mother in the third trimester of pregnancy or who has a child 4 months or younger.
· The family/caregiver must receive education on safe sleep, proper use of pack-n-play, and use of other materials in the survival kit, and
· The family/caregiver must meet WIC income eligibility guidelines.
Contact Preble County Public Health at (937) 472-0087 ext. #243 to see if you qualify
Created: 2014-11-05 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:08:49
PCPH Hosts the Vital Statistics Electronic Index Kiosk
The Ohio Revised Code now requires that Preble County Public Health's Vital Statistics maintains a publicly available and searchable index of birth and death records for vital events in the state of Ohio. Jan Pearce, former Fiscal Officer and Registrar, was instrumental in implementing this kiosk, and it was announced on August 22, 2014 that it was ready for public use.
Because this index is accessed through the Ohio Department of Health, Preble County Public Health is responsible for hosting the kiosk where this information can be obtained. This electronic index kiosk project is intended to modernize index access by allowing the customer to complete their own searches eliminating extra work associated with outdated indexes by updating in real time, becoming compliant with the law by maintaining accurate information, and removing the risk of giving out sealed information from the index. Customers searching for records can locate those records faster than previous microfiche/film or other physical indices.
When public customers access the electronic index through the application gateway, they will be able to search for birth records back to 1908, and death records back to 1954. Customers will need to know first and last name of individual they wish to search along with the year of birth; searches can also be made by the last name and full date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy).
The kiosk is available for public use during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Created: 2014-09-05 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:08:57
Health Inspections that Stick
In an effort to expand on our mission to Prevent, Promote, & Protect the public’s health in Preble County, the Preble County General Health District (PCGHD) is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform both businesses and patrons that food service operations and PCGHD are working together to provide a clean and safe environment for the public to consume and purchase food.
Starting this March, upon a standard health inspection at a restaurant, grocery store, or any place licensed in Preble County, PCGHD will be distributing a brand new Health Inspection decal. This decal will be prominently displayed so that the public can easily see and recognize that a food service operation in Preble County is being inspected on a regular basis and meets the standards the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code.
Along with recognizing efforts by local businesses, the intent of this ongoing campaign is to better educate the public on matters of food safety and help build confidence in consumers (You!) when dining or purchasing food at establishments found throughout Preble County.
Created: 2014-03-06 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:09:05
Measles, mumps outbreaks provide clear warnings
Summer Protection Starts with Immunization
As summer camps, fairs, vacations and family picnics take you and your family away to many fun-filled places during the warm weather months, now is a good time to get vaccinated. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reminds Ohioans that immunizations are the most effective way to prevent illness from vaccine-preventable diseases. The ongoing measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio also serve as a reminder to all Ohioans that they should be up-to-date on immunizations.
"Activities that bring large groups of people together can accelerate the spread of these diseases," said ODH State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. "When coming into close contact with sick individuals, immunizations can provide the protection you need to keep from getting ill."
Given the on-going measles and mumps outbreaks, ODH recommends that Ohioans are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the diseases. Symptoms for measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat and a red rash appearing three to five days after the start of the symptoms. Symptoms of mumps include runny nose, cough and swelling of the salivary glands.
When individuals are fully vaccinated, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the measles and 88 percent effective in preventing the mumps. Those who are not up-to-date on their immunizations should contact their healthcare provider or local health department and receive the MMR vaccine if there is no medical reason not to do so.
ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.
Whether your summer plans include sending the kids to camp or traveling in or out of the country, please be aware that immunizations may be required to protect you and your children from vaccine¬preventable diseases.
Preble County Public Health Immunization clinic hours are Mondays (except Holidays) 9 am- 11 am and 3 pm- 5 pm by appointment only. Call today to make your appointment.
Created: 2014-05-14 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:09:13
Phone System change
Our phone system has changed at Preble County Public Health! While our numbers and extensions have remained the same, you will now need to press the '#' before dialing an extension.
Created: 2014-08-05 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:09:22
Car Seat Appointments
Please note that due to the high demand for car seats, ALL CAR SEATS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment,call 937-472-0087 ext.224
Created: 2014-05-05 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:09:56
PCGHD is now on Google+!
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Created: 2013-11-26 Updated: 2015-01-30 16:09:56