Contact: Roneeka Pleasant-Brown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 01, 2019
Macomb County Health Department hosts one-mile walk to kick off National Public Health Week
County Executive Mark A. Hackel today joined Macomb County Health Department officials in a one-mile walk to launch a local celebration of the April 1-April 5 National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association. The event kicks off a weeklong series of engagements, including a household hazardous waste collection event for the public on Friday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the department's Mount Clemens location (43525 Elizabeth Road). The purpose of the week is to highlight issues around improving our community's wellbeing while recognizing the contributions of public health, and more specifically, contributions made by Macomb County's Health Department. Recent achievements include:
- In response to the hepatitis A outbreak in southeast Michigan, the Macomb Immunization Program administered 15,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccine and conducted 400 off-site clinics for high risk individuals.
- Public health emergency preparedness program volunteers educated 2,110 students across 65 classrooms on understanding and responding to a household and/or community emergencies.
- The WIC program partnered with a baby carrier organization to educate staff on best practices for infant carrier usage, which enhanced educational offerings for 150 program participants.
- Public health officials helped to protect public health by conducting more than 6,500 restaurant inspections.
- The environmental health program continued to protect Macomb County's environment by helping 1,976 households safely dispose of almost 145,000 pounds of hazardous wastes.
"I'm so pleased to be a part of this effort and to have a conversation around the importance of public health," said Executive Hackel. "I'd like to thank the health department for their leadership in hosting this event and for the outstanding work they do every day to ensure the health and wellbeing of Macomb County."
Other activities planned for the week include internal events for county employees, like a lunch and learn, and external engagements, like conversations on social media. Each day of the week will focus on a different topic, including:
- Monday, April 1 - Healthy communities
- Tuesday, April 2 - Infant safety awareness
- Wednesday, April 3 - Physical fitness
- Thursday, April 4 - Cardiovascular health
- Friday, April 5 - Environmental health
Photo 1: (From left to right) Bill Ridella, director of the Macomb County Health Department, and Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel kick off the one-mile walk.
Photo 2: Macomb County employees join the one-mile walk to kick off National Public Health Week.
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