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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.   

Published in In the News
Monday, 08 February 2016 13:58

Safety Town


Safety Town is a fun five-day safety awareness program that is designed for children entering kindergarten. Through the use of music, crafts, videos, books, community speakers and a child-sized town, the children are taught basic safety lessons that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Every day the children face new challenges as they learn the proper way to cross the street, buckle their seat belt, wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, and understand the basic traffic rules. In addition, we cover other safety lessons such as: stranger danger, water, fire, school bus, and how to dial 911.

Representatives from the local Division of Police, Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire and others participate at Safety Town to make every day an unforgettable experience for the children. 


2017 Safety Town Registration Information:

Program Dates: Monday, June 19th – Friday, June 23rd with two separate sessions being offered:

Morning Session: 9 am—12pm

Afternoon Session: 1 pm—4pm

Location: Navin Elementary, 16265 County Home Road, Marysville, OH

Safety Town will be offered this summer to 2017 incoming Marysville Exempted Village School District kindergartners! The program will be limited to 150 students this year and registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open on April 11, 2017. Parents can register their child online or can fill out a paper registration form at the Union County Health Department. If all the spaces become filled, a waitlist will be formed in case any spots become available. Your registration will not be considered complete until the liability waiver is signed and the registration fee is paid.

Registration fee: The fee for Safety Town is $30 and can be mailed or delivered along with the liability waiver to the Union County Health Department once your registration form has been submitted. The registration fee covers the cost of the 5-day program, a bicycle helmet, and t-shirt. Any checks should be addressed to the Union County Health Department. Payment by credit card can be accepted if you come in to the Health Department.

Please note: No child will be denied registration for Safety Town because of inability to pay.


Safety Town Volunteer Information


If you are looking for a fun opportunity to serve your community and work with kids, we would love to have you as a Safety Town volunteer! We need your help to make kids in our community safer and to create a fun, memorable experience. We are in search of volunteers to serve as Classroom Leaders and Youth Classroom Assistants to assist our Classroom Leaders. Classroom Leaders must be 18 or older and preferably have some experience working with children. Classroom Assitant positions are open to students who will have completed between 7th and 12th grade in Spring of 2017. Click on the links below to learn more about the positions and to apply.

2017 Classroom Leader Description              Classroom Leader Application

2017 Youth Volunteer Application

 Have Questions? Email safetytown@uchd.net

Safety Town Partners: Safety Town is a collaboration between the City of Marsyville Division of Fire and Division of Police, Marysville Exempted Village School District, Memorial Health, Mill Creek Cycle & Skate, the Union County Health Department, and the Union County Sheriff's Office.

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Published in Partnerships
Thursday, 25 August 2011 03:09


Published in Vaccines Offered
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:19

Child Fatality Review

cfr imageChild deaths are often regarded as an indicator of the health of a community. While mortality data provide us with an overall picture of child deaths (by number and cause), it is from a careful study of each and every child’s death that we can learn how best to respond to a death and how best to prevent another.

Recognizing the need to better understand why children die, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill Number 448 (HB 448) in July, 2000, mandating Child Fatality Review (CFR) Boards in each of Ohio’s counties (or regions) to review the deaths of children under eighteen years of age.


The ultimate purpose of the local review boards, as clearly described in the law, is to reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths. To accomplish this, it is expected that local review boards will:

  1. Promote cooperation, collaboration and communication between all groups that serve families and children;
  2. Maintain a database of all child deaths to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of those deaths;
  3. Recommend and develop plans for implementing local service and program changes; and advise the department of health of aggregate data, trends and patterns found in child deaths.

The local Union County Child Fatality review is chaired by Alex Jones, Director of Nursing, Union County Health Department. The committee is made up of individuals representing the following partners; local law enforcement, highway patrol, fire, EMA, coroner, public health, pediatricians, mental health, local schools, and Department of Job and Family Services. If you would like more information about the Child Fatality Review Committee, please contact Alex Jones at 937-642-2053 or via email at alex.jones@uchd.net






Published in Partnerships
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 00:45

Safe & Sound Coalition

Union County’s Safe & Sound Coalition works to prevent injuries in individuals of all ages by partnering with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, schools, businesses, hospitals, and the community.

  • Traffic safety, child passenger safety, poison prevention, bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, conflict resolution and bullying are all topics that the coalition is working to address.
  • The Safe & Sound Coalition welcomes community members to have an active role in the coalition to prevent injury.

 The Union County Health Department serves as the lead agency and coordinator of the Safe & Sound Coalition because of funding made possible through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Please follow this link for specific traffic statistics in Union County:    Union County Stats




Published in Partnerships
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:31

Car Seat Safety

Ohio's Child Restraint Law
Safety Recommendations
Car Seat Recalls
Car Seat Installation Program
Car Seat Distribution Program 
Children in cars

Car Seat_PhotoIs your child’s car seat safe? According to a survey conducted by Safe Kids USA, 96% of parents believe that they use their car seats correctly. However, research has shown that 73% of car seats are misused. Some of the most common misuse issues involve incorrect installation in the vehicle and improper car seat selection based on the child’s age, weight, and height.

Certified car seat technicians are available at the Union County Health Department to answer questions, check that car seats are properly installed, and assist with new installation. The Union County Health Department also participates in the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. The local OBB program distributes free car seats to low income families in Union County. For more information about our installation and distribution services, please see the Car Seat Installation Program or Car Seat Distribution Program sections.

Ohio’s Child Restraint Law

All Ohio children must be properly restrained every time they are in a vehicle. They must meet the following requirements until they are 15 years of age:

  • Every child who is less than 8 years of age or 4’9” tall must ride in a car seat or booster seat.
  • Every child who is 8 years to 15 years of age must be properly restrained with a seatbelt. 

Safety Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following in regards to car seat use:

Infant CarrierInfants

Type of Seat to Use: Infant-only seat, Rear-facing convertible seat

Guidelines: Infants should ride rear-facing until they are at least 2 years of age or as long as their car seat allows.



Type of Seat to Use: Rear-facing convertible seat, Forward-facing convertible seat, Combination seat

Guidelines: Children should ride rear-facing until they are at least 2 years of age or as long as their car seat allows. Many car seats allow rear-facing use until 35 lbs. After your child reaches the rear-facing weight limit, they should be moved to a forward-facing seat with an internal harness. Many of these forward-facing seats witn an internal harness can accomodate children until 40-65 lbs. Please see your car seat instruction manual for more information.


BoosterSchool-age Children

Type of Seat to Use: Booster seat

Guidelines: Children should ride in a booster seat until they are 8 years of age or 4'9" tall.
To determine if your child is ready to move out of a booster seat, take the 5 Step Booster Seat Test.  


Seatbelt WebbingOlder Children

Type of Restraint to Use: Seatbelt

Guidelines: Children should ride in the backseat with a lap and shoulder seatbelt until they are 13 years of age.


Always review your car seat instruction manual and your vehicle instruction manual before installing your car seat.

Car Seat Recalls

Car seats are sometimes found to be unsafe and recalled by the manufacturer. Visit safercar.gov for a current list of recalled car seats.

Car seats also come with expiration dates. Generally car seats can be used for 6 to 8 years from their date of manufacture. Look for a sticker or imprinted date on the back of the car seat to determine if the seat is still safe to use. If the seat has expired, replace the car seat immediately.

Car Seat Installation Program

The Union County Health Department offers free car seat check appointments to assist with proper fitting and installation. Appointments take approximately 30 minutes per car seat. If possible, please bring the car seat instruction manual and the vehicle owners manual to the appointment. To schedule a car seat check appointment with a certified technician, please call the Union County Health Department at 937-642-2053. 

Car Seat Distribution Program

baby-in-car-seatThe Union County Health Department participates in the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. This statewide program provides free car seats to qualifying, low income families. To qualify for a free car seat, the following requirements must be met:

  • Child must be eligible for the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) or have a Medicaid or Medicare card.
  • Child must not have previously received a free car seat from the Union County Health Department.

If your child qualifies for a free car seat, please call the Union County Health Department at 937-642-2053 to schedule an appointment with a certified technician.


Children in Cars

Little kids should never be left alone in a vehicle - even for a minute. Heat is much more dangerous to them than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature may increase three to five times faster than an adult's, causing permanent injury or even death. Learn how to protect your child and keep her safe in and around vehicles.

Please click on the following link for more information about heatstroke prevention for children in cars.

Children in Cars

Published in Safety