UCHD, Protecting Your Health.


Friday, 25 October 2013 14:49

Safe Sleep



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The UnionCounty Health Department wants every child to be safe. That's why we offer free Pack 'N Plays to Union County families who need a safe place for their baby to sleep. To be eligibile for a free Pack 'N Play, expectant parents must be at least 32 weeks or have an infant under 1 year of age and be income eligible (WIC or Medicaid eligible). To learn more about the Cribs for Kids program, please call Susie Knox, BSN at 937-642-2053.

Ohio Facts

  • More than three Ohio infant deaths each week are sleep-related.
  • Infant sleep-related deaths outnumber deaths of children of all ages (0-17) from vehicular crashes.
  • Forty-two percent of infant deaths from one month to one year old are sleep related.
  • Sixty percent of sleep related deaths occurred in adult beds, on couches or on chairs; only 23 percent occured in cribs or bassinets.
  • Sixty-six percent occuted to infants who were sharing a sleep surface with another person

Check out this safe sleep brochureicon SafeSleep_Brochure and find more information at www.SafeSleep.Ohio.gov

Safe Sleep Recommendations

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.

  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.

  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).

  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.

  • Don't use wedges and sleep positioners.

  • Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.

  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.

  • Breastfeeding is recommended.

  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.

  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.

  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.

  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).    

  • See How can I reduce the risk of SIDS?http://www.cdc.gov/TemplatePackage/3.0/images/icon_out.pngfrom the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to learn more about each of these actions.

    Parent Tools

    • Use the Safe Crib Checklist to make sure your crib and sleep environment are safe.icon Safe-Crib-Checklist
    • The Safe Sleep Assessment Tool lists the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe sleep. icon Safe-Sleep-Assessment
    • Take our Infant Safe Sleep Quiz and be entered to win a free Side Carrier from Aprica. 
    • The Travelling Safe Sleep Crib has been on display in locations throughout the county including the Union County Health Department and the Board of Developmental Disabilities at the Harold Lewis Center. To have this crib on display at your business or school, email Emma.Brofsky@uchd.net. 

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    Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

    • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)- the death of an infant under one year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly.
      • Examples include suffocation, strangulation, infection, heart problems and SIDS.
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history.
      • SIDS is the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old.
    • Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB)—the leading cause of infant injury death. Several possible mechanisms can cause sleep-related suffocation by obstructing an infant's airway including:
      • Suffocation by soft bedding—such as a pillow or waterbed mattress.
      • Overlay—another person overlaying or rolling on top of or against the infant.
      • Wedging or entrapment—wedging between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.
      • Strangulation—such as when an infant's head and neck become caught between crib railings.

    Tuesday, 27 August 2013 20:08

    Keeping You Safe when Eating Out

    Ever wondered who works to keep you safe?...
             Take a look to find out who works hard to keep you healthy and happy. 


    Union County Health Department (UCHD)

    UCHD's mission is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Union County by providing quality public health services. The Environmental Health division of UCHD works in collaboration with food service operators to ensure safe food service practices and procedures are observed.

    UCHD keeps you safe by:

    • Inspecting all restaurants, school cafeterias, and grocery stores two times a year
    • Inspecting all mobile food units and temporary food units in Union County
    • Promptly responding to valid complaints from the public
    • Posting recent inspection reports on our website for public viewing

    For a healthier and happier community UCHD works to:

    • Promote good personal hygiene of food operators
    • Prevent cross-contamination
    • Control time and temperature of foods
    • Regulate proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures



    How do I report a foodborne illness?


    If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, please contact your county or city health department and tell them you would like to report a foodborne illness. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. By investigating foodborne disease outbreaks, public health officials learn about possible problems in food production, distribution and preparation that may cause illness.



    Other Agencies Keeping You Safe...


    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (www.fsis.usda.gov) is the public health regulatory agency in USDA responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, and processed egg products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC works 24/7 to save lives, protect people from health threats, and save money resulting in a more secure nation. CDC puts science and prevention into action to make the healthy choice the easy choice. CDC helps people live longer and healthier to lead productive lives.

    Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:10

    Flu Clinic

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    Radon Test Kits

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    Friday, 04 November 2011 00:21

    MRC Orientation Quiz

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    Monday, 05 September 2011 23:41





    Monday, 05 September 2011 23:40

    Diabetes Prevention

    Get the facts on Diabetes

    Diabetes in Pregnancy

    Monday, 05 September 2011 22:41

    Maternal & Infant Health

    The Union County Health Department is committed to improving and protecting maternal and child health in Union County, Ohio.  We offer a variety of services to ensure that women and their children have accessibility to the resources necessary to maintain health and wellness.  Our services include the following:

    Prenatal Clinic - This clinic offers comprehensive prenatal care for clients who are uninsured, underinsured or who have a Medicaid managed plan.  Clinics are Thursday mornings by appointment only.

    Newborn Home Visit Program - A free visit from a nurse is available to all families with a new baby. The nurse checks on the health of both the baby and mother, provides education and provides resources that are available in the area.

    Women, Infant and Children (WIC) - WIC is a nutrition education program that provides nutritious foods that promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants and children up to age 5.

    Breastfeeding - Through our Women, Infant and Children program a Breast Feeding Peer Mentor is available to assist you in your breastfeeding questions.

    Development Screenings - The Union County Health Department provides a free online screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool is completed by parents/caregivers and reviewed by our child development experts. The ASQ provides an assessment of where your child is doing well and in what areas your child may need some additional support. Thie ASQ is for parents/caregivers of children age birth through 5 years.

    Monday, 05 September 2011 22:40

    Disease Prevention

    Disease prevention is one of the main tenants of public health. This section focuses information on the prevention of chronic disease through proper nutrition and physical activity. Information is also provided about the prevention of communicable disease via proper hygiene and lowering risk behaviors. Disease prevention also includes environmental changes to prevent those diseases caused by pests and animals such as rabies.

    Monday, 05 September 2011 22:39



    The Union County Health Department provides a number of screenings designed to help members of our community safeguard their health.  Many services are available through our Adult Health Clinic while others have specified days and times.  We invite you to click through the menu to the right and see the screenings we offer as well as additional information about those particular health topics.

    For additional information about any of the health screenings we provide or about our clinic services please call 937-642-2053.