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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:33

Pediatric Cancer Reports

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Community Forum Set

The Union County Health Department is hosting a community forum on pediatric cancer Mar. 01. The Mar. 01 forum will examine the differences between childhood and adult cancers while also taking a closer look at cancer in our community. Speakers will present the latest research about the incidence and causes of common pediatric cancers.

The forum will be held Mar. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St, Marysville. Local doctors Justin Krueger and Laura Sorg will present research from pediatric oncologists on how often cancer occurs in children and what we know and do not know about the causes. Staff from the Union County Health Department will also share information on the number and types of pediatric cancers that have been reported in Union County.

“We want parents and our community to have access to the same knowledge we have,” said Jason Orcena, health commissioner for the Union County Health Department. “The forum is an opportunity to build a common understanding of pediatric cancer in our community”  

Orcena stated the health department has received questions about different pediatric cancers over the years. In the winter of 2017, significant discussion about the topic arose on social media. According to Orcena, the health department has been working with cancer experts to gain a better understanding of pediatric cancer, and is hosting this forum as an opportunity to share with the community what has been learned.

For more information about the community forum, please contact the Union County Health Department at 937-642-2053.


Union Conty Pediatric Cancer Data

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Friday, 07 July 2017 14:04

New Mosquito Reporter Tool

The Union County Health Department is launching a new mosquito reporting tool. The online tool allows residents to report mosquito problem areas to the Health Department. Click here to report a mosquito problem area.

Reporting is easy. Just follow these simple steps. 

1. Click on the link above.
2. Click on "Proceed as Guest".
3. Click the green "Submit a Report" button.
4. Fill out the short form. Please note, once you enter the address, you will need to click on the "Address: Esri World Geocode" drop down to select your location.
5. Click the blue "Report It button.   

Your report is then added to our database. A sanitarian will investigate the complaint. The sanitarian will only follow up with the reporter if additional information is needed.  The online Mosquito Reporter is a surveillance tool to help us identify problem areas within Union County. We will use this data to help determine where to place mosquito traps and where to use mosquito larvacide to protect our community as a whole. Due to limited resources, we will not always be able to trap or place larvacide at every complaint location. 

Free larvacide dunks are available to residents. These dunks can be placed in small, stagnant bodies of water such as those found in ditches. The dunks interrupt the mosquito lifecycle by killing larvae for up to 30 days. To get lfree arvacide dunks, please call 937-642-2053.

Monday, 12 June 2017 19:21


Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:37

Sewage Rule Town Hall Meetings

The Union County Health Department wants to hear from residents about how new statewide sewage rules are affecting them. The Health Department welcomes all residents to one of five town hall meetings scheduled this April. The intent of the town hall meetings is to have an open discussion about the issuance of septic system permit, share information about inspection requirements scheduled to begin in 2020, and listen to concerns from the community.

Click the link below to download the powerpoint present at the town hall meetings. 
Sewage Rules Town Hall Meeting

The town hall meetings are scheduled for:

  • Apr. 04, 6 p.m. – Richwood-North Union Public Library, 4 E. Ottawa St, Richwood
  • Apr. 05, 6 p.m. – MillCreek Township Hall, 10420 Watkins Rd, Marysville
  • Apr. 06, 6 p.m. – Allen Township Hall, 16945 Allen Center Rd, Marysville
  • Apr. 19, 6 p.m. - Union County Health Dept, 940 London Ave, Marysville
  • Apr. 26, 6 p.m. – Liberty Township Community Center, 21463 Main St, Raymond

“These town hall meetings are another way for us to both share information with our community and to hear concerns,” said Jason Orcena, health commissioner of the Union County Health Department. “We want to share what aspects of the law we have some local control over and hear from our residents so that we can bring their concerns to the attention of our state representatives.”

In compliance with state law, the Union County Health Department issued septic system operation permit bills to approximately 9,000 Union County homeowners at the end of 2016. The issuance of these permits resulted in hundreds of calls from residents. The majority of callers requested additional information about why the operation permit bill was issued.

“We want to be transparent with our residents,” said Orcena. “We want residents to understand this is part of a state mandate. We also want residents to know that the fee collected for the operation permit goes directly toward covering the cost of doing a visual assessment of every septic system and the costs associated with mailing the permit bills. None of the money goes toward paying for any other programs or service offered by the Health Department.”

Under Ohio sewage rules which went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, every private septic system must be regularly permitted and inspected as part of a local operation and maintenance (O&M) program. The length of permit cycles and inspection cycles can be set by local Boards of Health, but must comply with state minimums.

The Union County Health Department has proposed a three step process for adding nearly 7,000 private septic systems to the local O&M program. Part one is to conduct visual assessments of every private septic system in the county to confirm existence and operational status. These assessments will be completed by township from 2016 through 2019. Part two is to issue regular operation permits as required by state law. Operation permits were issued at the end of 2016 for calendar years 2017 through 2019. Part three is to ensure private septic systems are being regularly inspected. In 2020, proof of regular inspection will be required.

Inspection frequency will vary from annually to once every five years based upon system type. Inspections can be conducted by homeowners who have registered with the Health Department, by a licensed septic system service provider, or by the Union County Health Department. If a homeowner chooses to do their own inspections, they must first complete required free training and free certification per state rules.   

Orcena explained sewage rule changes do not affect homeowners tied into a public sewage system. The rules only apply to homeowners who have a private sewage treatment system and some businesses.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the statewide rules were developed to set a minimum standard for Ohio homeowners. The rules, which haven’t been updated since 1977, help to ensure failing systems are not leaking sewage into yards, ditches, ponds, lakes and waterways. A statewide survey conducted in 2012, found approximately one-third of all septic systems in Ohio are failing to some degree.

To learn more about Union County’s Sewage Rules, please click here or call (937) 642-2053.  

Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:43

Septic System Permits Must be Renewed

Union County residents who own property with a septic system received an application to renew their operation permit the week of Nov. 28, 2016 from the Union County Health Department. The Union County Health Department mailed approximately 9,000 septic system permit applications Friday in compliance with statewide sewage rules that took effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Due to changes in Ohio law, every septic system must be issued an operation permit. In Union County, this meant homeowners and businesses who have a septic system received a permit renewal application in the mail at the end of November. This application must be returned with a $30 permit fee in order to have a valid septic system operation permit for 2017-2019.

“We have received more than 150 calls from residents since Tuesday,” said Marcia Dreiseidel, director of environmental health for the Union County Health Department. “Most callers want to clarify that they need to renew their operation permit and verify that this is not a scam.”

The new law required local health departments to create rules regarding septic systems. The law also requires local health departments to place all septic systems on an Operation & Maintenance (O&M) program. As part of the (O&M) program, local health departments must establish a schedule for renewing septic system permits and ensuring regular inspections are completed. In Union County, septic system operation permits will need to be renewed every 5 years for $10/year. Renewals will be due in years ending in zero and five, with the next renewal scheduled for 2020.

“Renewing the permit of every septic system in Union County is a new process for our staff and our residents. We know everyone has lots of questions, especially since many septic system owners received their original permit several decades ago,” said Dreiseidel.

For the past five years, the Union County Health Department has been sharing information about proposed sewage rule changes. The Health Department has hosted five town hall meetings, sanitarians visited each township trustee meeting and answered questions at community events such as the Union County and Richwood Independent fairs, several articles ran in the local newspapers, and information was included in the Health Department annual report that was mailed to 22,000 homeowners.

Dreiseidel encourages any resident who may have received a permit application but who does not have a septic system to please call the Union County Health Department at (937) 642-2053. Health Department staff will correct any errors upon notification.

Dreiseidel explained that changes in state law were established to try and reduce the number of failing septic system throughout Ohio. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in five septic systems will fail. Failure is often due to poor maintenance or improper design.

To learn more about Union County’s Sewage Rules, please click here or call (937) 642-2053.  

Friday, 28 October 2016 00:05

Kim Prior


 "I have a strong desire to serve others, and I measure success by when someone expresses gratitude or I see positive outcomes and changes in my patients."


In her 20th year of nursing, helping people is Nurse Kim Prior’s top priority.

“I have a strong desire to serve others, and I measure success by when someone expresses gratitude or I see positive outcomes and changes in my patients.”

Serving her fifth year working for the Union County Health Department, Kim received her Associate of Nursing degree from Lorain County Community College and received her school nursing license from Wright State University.

Before coming to UCHD, she was a primary care nurse.

Kim is always out and about in Union County. She can be found doing health screenings in schools or meeting families through the BCMH program, which helps parents in need with the financial burden of their child’s medical bills.

“Relieving financial strain and stress for families with kids that have chronic medical conditions, and who are struggling to pay medical bills and locate resources is the reward of my effort,” she said.

Before receiving degrees related to nursing, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Andy, her new English Springer Spaniel puppy Rainee Daze, and family and friends.

She also enjoys cooking, reading, camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.  You can find her at garage and barn sales or at antique stores in search of unique finds.

Monday, 03 October 2016 16:02

Changes to Adult Clinic

Union County Health Department's Adult Clinic, formerly called "Adult Walk-In Clinic", has changed. Appointments are now needed for all health department clinics. Adult Clinic hours have also changed. Clinic hours are now:

Mondays & Tuesdays from 8-9am and 3-4pm
Thursdays & Fridays from 8-9am

We apologize for any inconvenience. These changes have been made to better serve our clients. Appointments allow us to reduce your wait time, improve the quality and comprehensiveness of the care we provide, and ensures all necessary paperwork is brought to the appointment. To learn more about what services are available during Adult Clinic, please click here.

Monday, 12 September 2016 13:15

New Parent Services

Bringing a new baby home can be both joyful and exhausting. In Union County, we want all new parents to know you are not alone. The Union County Health Department offers a number of services to support parents as they face many new challenges. Many of these services are free, and all are designed to focus on you and your concerns about the health of your baby.

Breastfeeding Consultation

Free breastfeeding education and support from our Certified Lactation Counselor is available to all parents in Union County. We can provide guidance, support, or just answer your questions.  


Car Seat Safety

Free car seat safety checks are available to all parents, grandparents or caregivers in Union County. Free car seats are available for income eligible families. 


Developmental Screening

A free online child development screening tool is available to all families in Union County. The tool is quick, easy and a fun way for you to get to know your baby through a different lens.


Newborn Home Visit

 A free home visit from a registered nurse is available to all new parents. This visit is done before the baby is 8 weeks old. Our nurse will check both the health of the mother and baby and focus on any concerns you may have.


Nutrition Assistance

The Women, Infant and Chirldren (WIC) program provides nutritious foods that promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, and children up to age 5. 


Prenatal Smoking Cessation

Free help is available to support your goal to quit smoking during pregnancy and after the baby is born. A tobacco treatment specialist is available to provide counseling to those caring for baby in the home. 


Safe Sleep 

Free Pack N' Plays are available for families in need of a safe sleep environment for their infant. Safe sleep education is available to all families.   

Friday, 05 August 2016 15:31

Back to School Shots

Is your child getting ready to enter kindergarten or go back to school?  Remember to put “Back to School Immunizations” on your check list! If your child does not have the required immunizations, by state law, they may be excluded from school until they receive them. Please see below for our clinic information and current recommendations and state requirements. 

Back to School Shot Clinics 

Back to school shots are available by appointment only through our childhood immunizations clinic and adult health clinicPlease call (937) 645-2052 today to make your appointment. Evening hours are available and no one is turned away for inability to pay. Most private insurances and Medicaid accepted.

Vaccine Recommendations for the 2017-2018 School Year

Kindergarten Students: Children entering kindergarten are required to have 2 varicella immunizations.
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Seventh Grade Students: Students entering Seventh Grade are now required to have a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) booster and a meningococcal (A,C,W, and Y) (MCV4) vaccines.
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12th Grade Students: Students entering 12th grade are required to have two doses of meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine. (If your 12 th grade student has never received a dose of meningococcal (MCV4) only one dose is required at age 16 or older.)  
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Summary of Ohio School Vaccination Requirements for all Grades:
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:44

Zach Colles

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 It was ultimately Zach's interest in animals and zoonotic diseases that brought him to the public health field.


Zach comes to Union County Health Department from the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Public Health. It was ultimately his interest in animals and zoonotic diseases that brought him to the public health field. “[A large portion] of emerging diseases are zoonotic in nature which have huge human health implications”.

In his spare time, Zach enjoys staying active by playing a variety of sports including soccer, volleyball and foot golf, which according to Zach is a combination of soccer and golf.

In his time with UCHD, Zach will be taking over for our Epidemiologist Mary while she is on maternity leave as well as assisting with O&M assessments for our Environmental Health Division.

So give our newest Buckeye a big wave when you see him around!


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