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The Health Council is providing free copies of a health resource booklet for at-risk families. This directory includes information about local organizations that provide services to families and children. It further gives essential basic care and safety information for child-rearing support.

The Health Council worked in collaboration with the Literacy Council and Covering Kids & Families Council to develop and print this booklet.

The booklet also is being translated into Spanish. In addition, the council is printing a 2-sided sheet that details the varied services of HealthLinc in MIchigan City, and Community Health Center in LaPorte.

Sponsors for this important resource include Michigan City Enrichment Corporation, Sand Castle Shelter for Children and Families, and LaPorte County Health Department.

Any family or organization wishing to receive copies of this helpful booklet may call Literacy Coordinator Judy Hanish at 879-2552.

 

 

Health issues continue to be a strong focus for Healthy Communities.

The Health Council has printed a two-sided reference sheet to inform residents about specific offerings at the HealthLinc and Community Health Center clinics. With strong growth over the past year at both health care organizations, it was felt that this reference would be very valuable to the general public, as well as social service providers. The sheet also is being translated into Spanish.

Past projects from the Health Council included offering an expert panel on methadone usage to share more information with local health care and social service professionals.

The group also provided a series of free nutrition / obesity prevention classes in the community in collaboration with Purdue Extension.

In addition, the collaborative Super Shot Saturday immunization program was developed through the Health Council, vaccinating nearly 800 children over a four year period. Many of these children also received free vision screening courtesy of RSVP.

We also serve as the umbrella for the Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and are meeting with this group to tackle specific maternal-child health issues for the county.

Another important focus was assisting United Way and other partners with a regional health needs assessment, and supporting the Drug Free Partnership

in developing an epidemiological study of alcohol, drug and tobacco

usage in the county.

 


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