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Free Radon Testing Kits Available

22 Jan , 2020  

In recognition of National Radon Action Month, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is encouraging Ohioans to test their homes for the radioactive gas and take steps to reduce risk if elevated levels are detected. Richland Public Health is helping to make that possible. “Long-term exposure to high levels of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the top cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers,” said ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “Running this easy, inexpensive test is an important first step in protecting your family from a devastating disease that kills thousands of Ohioans each year.” Read More

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Public Hearing To Be Held On New Private Water System Fees

14 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Health has added two new fee categories for Private Water Systems; these categories became effective on January 1. Richland Public Health has scheduled a hearing to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the new fees. Each new fee is $100. Ohio’s private water systems program regulates wells, springs, rain water cisterns, hauled water storage tanks and ponds that provide potable water to fewer than 25 people per day and have fewer than 15 service connections. Read More

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Richland County’s Next Health Commissioner Selected From Nearby

10 Jan , 2020  

The Board of Health at Richland Public Health has named Sarah Goodwill Humphrey as the County’s next Health Commissioner. Humphrey is currently the Health Commissioner at the Ashland County Health Department; she has held this position since 2016. “Ms. Humphrey brings a deep personal commitment to public health and a life-long passion for prevention and community well-being,” said Richland Public Health Board Member Ary van Harlingen, who chaired the search committee. “The Board looks forward to working with Sarah and is confident that her leadership, guidance, vision, and energy will assure a seamless transition as we continue our mission to improve the health our Richland County communities.” Read More

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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

4 Dec , 2019  

It’s not too late to vaccinate! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. Previous flu vaccination coverage data have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November. The CDC and its partners choose December for NIVW to remind people that even though the holiday season has begun, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. Read More

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Richland Public Health Receives Drug Free Communities Grant

1 Nov , 2019  

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has announced 150 new grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. Richland Public Health will receive $125,000 per year, up to 10 years, in DFC grant funds. The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. Read More

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It’s “Bat Week” In Ohio

26 Oct , 2019  

It's "Bat Week" in Ohio. Seriously, it is. Bats are important to both Ohio’s economy and ecosystems, which is why Governor Mike DeWine has proclaimed October 24-31 as Bat Week to highlight the need for bat conservation. “Bats contribute substantially to our economy by protecting our forests and agriculture from crop-damaging insects and pests,” said Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “It is critical that we continue efforts to promote the health of bat populations here in Ohio and across the nation.” Read More

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Reminder: Ohio’s Tobacco 21 Law Now In Effect

18 Oct , 2019  

Ohio’s new “Tobacco 21” law took effect this week, raising the age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products and alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and vaping products from 18 to 21. It is now also illegal to give such products to others under the age of 21. Read More

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Time For A Flu Shot; Available At Local Clinics This Month

15 Oct , 2019  

With the arrival of flu season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is recommending that all Ohioans six months and older get a flu shot now. Flu activity usually begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. Every season the flu sickens millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands, and kills tens of thousands, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During last year’s flu season, Ohio reported 9,851 flu-associated hospitalizations and four flu-associated pediatric deaths. Read More

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Fall Hike For Health

1 Oct , 2019  

Richland Public Health’s annual “Fall Hike for Health” is Saturday, October 19, at Malabar Farm State Park and Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield. The fall hikes are in their 19th year at Malabar Farm State Park and 5th year at Gorman Nature Center. Enjoy the beauty of Ohio’s fall colors at both locations with hikes through the woods from 9 AM to 12 PM. Hikes are self-guided with suggested start times by 11 AM. Read More

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Preparation Pays Off For Families, Community

3 Sep , 2019  

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for when an emergency happens. This year’s NPM will focus on that planning, with an overarching theme: Prepared, Not Scared. Locally, Richland Public Health is ready with resources to help. Read More

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Richland Public Health Obtains National Accreditation

29 Aug , 2019  

Richland Public Health has announced that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Read More

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Get Ride Of That Spare Tire!

26 Aug , 2019  

You may have heard of tax amnesty, or even amnesty for late library books. What you may not know as well is… “tire amnesty.” Here’s your chance to find out! Richland County residents can dispose of up to ten car or light pickup truck passenger tires for free (as in no charge) during Richland County Tire Amnesty Day, offered by Richland Public Health in partnership with the Richland County Solid Waste Authority. Read More

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Richland Public Health Talks Hyperthermia

19 Jul , 2019  

With the seriously high temperatures and difficult weather conditions facing Richland County residents on Friday and Saturday, we're re-posting this reminder from Richland Public Health in which they urged residents to use extra care to avoid heat-related illness. People suffer heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion when the body’s temperature-control system is overloaded. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself. In some situations, especially in periods of high humidity, sweating alone will not provide an adequate release of body heat. Read More

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Webinar On Public Health And Public Libraries

16 Jul , 2019  

Dr. Julie Chaya, Director of Community Health and Prevention Sciences at Richland Public Health, is hosting a national webinar through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The webinar “Promoting Public Health through the Public Library” will take place July 25 from 2 PM to 3 PM. Read More