Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant Care Coordination Program
The Meigs County Health Department has been awarded the ARC POWER Grant, which is co-funded by Marshall University and the Sisters Health Foundation. The POWER Grant is an economic development grant for coal distressed counties, whose goal is to create sustainable funding for Community Health Workers (CHW’s) as members of a care coordination teams that serve high risk diabetes patients. The grant has enabled the MCHD to employ Laura Grueser, the first of three CHW’s, to serve high-risk diabetic patients in Meigs County. The role of the CHW is to educate and support patients in their homes and communities. Specifically, this program will equip patients with self-management decision making and problem solving skills, which will enable them to better manage their diabetes. The community health worker will coordinate with clinical partners to identify patients that will benefit from care coordination.
Meet the Meigs County Board of Health
Meet the Meigs County Board of Health: (l-r, seated) Dr. Wilma Mansfield; medical member, Roger Gaul; president, Edna Weber; vice-president, (standing, l-r) Pam Patterson, member; Eric Rock, member.
MCHD Observes National Public Health Week
The Meigs County Health Department (MCHD) observed NPHW by recognizing all its 17 employees and Board of Health (BOH) members for their dedication and hard work during a catered luncheon on April 5th. Those specifically honored for service milestones (5, 10, 15 or more years of service to the department) are as follows:
- Former BOH Member Gene Jeffers, who served multiple consecutive terms from 1979-2017
- Former BOH Medical Member James Witherell, who served the Health Department and BOH in various capacities from 1979-2017
- Current Employees Courtney Midkiff 18 years; Leanne Cunningham 14 years; Sherry Hayman and Frank Gorscak 13 years; Steve Swatzel 10 years; Sherry Eagle 8 years; Juli Simpson 5 years
Jeffers and Witherell were presented with commemorative plaques and specially recognized employees were honored with lapel pins.
Cribs for Kids
Did you know that 3 infants die in Ohio each week in sleep-related incidents? The Meigs County Health Department partners with Cribs for Kids® to provide pack ‘n plays for infants who don’t have a safe place to sleep. If you know of anyone who needs this service, please have them call the health department at 740-992-6626. Guidelines are: Meigs County resident, infant under 12 months (or mom in 3rd trimester), no crib or safe place in which to sleep, eligible to receive WIC (doesn’t have to be on WIC). **Please share**
EVZIO Auto-Injector Naloxone Kit
The MCHD Announces the availability of the new EVZIO Auto-Injector Naloxone Kit to be used in the case of a suspected opioid overdose.
The Meigs County Health Department is now offering the EVZIO Auto-Injector (injectable Naloxone) effective December 2016. The EVZIO Kit replaces the former Project DAWN Kits (nasal Naloxone) that the department has offered for over a year. The EVZIO Auto-Injector offers Naloxone by injection, much like an Epi Pen. Trained individuals receive a EVZIO Auto-Injector kit that contains the medication, along with education of other lifesaving measures, such as rescue breathing, to be used in the event of a suspected opioid overdose,.
We currently have 100 kits in stock, and those kits are FREE to community members who have an interest and are willing to come to the Health Department to be trained to use them. Training takes less than one hour and can be done on an individual basis or as a group.
Please call Sherry Hayman, RN, at 740-992-6626 Ext. 1036 to set up an appointment.
NEEDLE KNOW HOW
This website has been constructed to educate the public about proper needle disposal. The goal is to prevent, promote, and protect. Our hopes with this webpage and campaign are to educate the public in order to prevent accidental needle sticks. (Click on the link below.)
Insurance for Vaccines
The Meigs County Health Department uses Vaxcare to supply vaccines for adults and children aged birth through 18 who have commercial insurance coverage.