Family Health puts new Mobile Medical Unit into service

June 27, 2022

Family Health puts new Mobile Medical Unit into service

MOBILE, Ala. — In March, the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health (MCHD/FH) – its primary care division – announced the addition of a new Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to its array of service locations. The purchase of this MMU was made possible through funding obtained to encourage and increase HIV testing and educational outreaches.

The MMU is now ready to be put into service. The maiden voyage will be Wednesday, June 29, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Dotch Community Center (3100 Bank Avenue in Mobile). This will be a part of weekly drive-through food giveaway hosted by the Bay Area Women Coalition. Approximately 200 to 250 families attend and receive a food box from Feeding the Gulf Coast.

Family Health will offer free blood pressure checks. They will also be handing out giveaway bags with at-home COVID test kits and N95 masks, while supplies last.

Other MCHD departments will be present at the Dotch Community Center. The Health Equity Office has assisted with the food distributions since April. Other programs with the Bureau of Community and Nutrition Services also assist.

Those attending the event will have the chance to tour the new MMU, which features a medical laboratory and patient exam room with state-of-the-art equipment.

Since 1979, Family Health has provided comprehensive primary care to the people of Mobile County regardless of their ability to pay for services. MCHD/FH has 10 permanent service delivery sites in Mobile County and one site in Baldwin County, which are strategically located for maximum population reach and access to care.

Following this debut event, Family Health’s MMU will begin traveling throughout Mobile County to provide primary care. If you’d like to schedule the MMU to come to your community or special event, contact J. Mark Bryant at mbryant@mchd.org.

Weekly expanded COVID-19 report for June 27, 2022

You will find attached the expanded weekly patient characteristics data that is being compiled by the Mobile County Health Department. This will be produced each Monday.

The daily report on characteristics of COVID-19 patients in Mobile County has been replaced with an interactive dashboard. Visit  https://mchd.org/covid-19-dashboard/

ADPH has redesigned its dashboard to help people better understand the current transmission levels in their communities and the impact of COVID-19 in Alabama. The new dashboard address is as follows — https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/6d2771faa9da4a2786a509d82c8cf0f7

There is also a mobile version configured to work on small mobile screens — https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/ea2a3c6bca554bdebf8e52d9ffb5d4a9

Worldwide and United States COVID-19 case counts are available at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

6.26.22 Weekly Expanded COVID Report

Provisional Disease Report – June 25, 2022

PROVISIONAL DISEASE REPORT

FOR WEEK ENDING June 25, 2022

Mobile County, AL

 

 

Chlamydia
51 cases
Mobile County, AL
Gonorrhea
28 cases
Mobile County, AL
HIV
1 case
Mobile County, AL
Syphilis, early non-primary, non-secondary
1 case
Mobile County, AL
Syphilis, primary
2 cases
Mobile County, AL
Syphilis, unknown
1 case
Mobile County, AL
Hepatitis C, chronic or resolved
19 cases
Mobile County, AL
Salmonellosis, excluding S. typhi and S. paratyphi
4 cases
Mobile County, AL
Vibriosis (non-cholera Vibrio species infections)
1 case
Mobile County, AL

OUT OF COUNTY, STATE OR UNKNOWN

6/27/2022

Moderna vaccine for infants coming to more locations June 27

June 24, 2022

Moderna vaccine for infants coming to more locations June 27

MOBILE, Alabama — The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and Family Health, its primary care division, are now offering the infant vaccines.

“The medical communities have been advocating for COVID-19 vaccine for the younger age groups (6 months and up),” said Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “We now have the vaccine coverage to protect the very young and the senior members of our community.”

MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team began providing the Pfizer vaccine this week. The Moderna vaccine will be available through them starting on Monday, June 27. Vaccinations and rapid testing will be available at its Festival Centre location in West Mobile (3725 Airport Boulevard, Suite 101-A), the Public Health Response Unit located at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), and the Southwest Public Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner).

These in-clinic services from the COVID-19 Response Team are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no out-of-pocket costs. While no appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — https://appointments.mchd.org.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are also available by appointment at the following Family Health locations – Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile), Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), Eight Mile Health Center (4009 Saint Stephens Road), Southwest Mobile Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner) and Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center (2601 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile). Appointments may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing can be found at www.MCHDcares.com or by calling 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

June 24, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows on June 23 at 3700 Dauphin Street. Approximately 2,880 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a possible concrete blockage in a sewer main line.

MAWSS crews took quick action and reclaimed all of the wastewater. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and are taking steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

MCHD recognizes June at Men’s Health Month

June 23, 2022

MCHD recognizes June at Men’s Health Month

MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile County Health Department’s Health Equity Office is recognizing June as Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness around men’s health issues and encourage men to implement healthy living decisions.

Men on average die 5 years earlier than woman and die at higher rates from heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries than woman. As a result, it is important for men to take control of their health not only by implementing healthy choices but also by routinely going to their doctor. In addition, young boys need to be taught healthy habits throughout their childhood.

Gender-based inequality between men and women’s health are related to factors such as levels of occupational exposure to chemical and physical hazards, male norms related to masculinity, and that men are less likely to visit a doctor when they are ill. Fighting for gender equality so that health services are designed to meet the needs of both sexes and reducing gender stereotypes can help tackle inequalities.

Health disparities also exist within men based on race/ethnicity. Black and Hispanic men when compared to white men are disadvantaged in terms of educational attainment, socioeconomic status, chronic stressors, and neighborhood conditions which are all factors that are linked to health outcomes. Racism underlies all these factors and has shown to be a persistent issue at the individual, institutional, and structural levels.

Men’s Health Month is also the time to recognize the importance of men’s mental health as significant component of their overall well-being. Men’s mental health issues are often silenced or ignored in society. This is highlighted by the high rates of suicide and substance abuse among the male population but the low rates of diagnosed depression.

Depression often goes undiagnosed in men because they can be reluctant to talk about their problems or they minimize the signs and symptoms of depression when they recognize them. Some ways that we can all contribute to improving men’s mental health is to create environments that normalize seeking professional help and encourage men to discuss their problems. It is also necessary to start early so that boys are encouraged to have open dialogues about their mental health.

Other ways to promote men’s health during this month include reminding men to:
• Seek medical advice when ill and to get regular checkups
• Make healthy food choices
• Stay physically active
• Quit smoking
• Prioritize their mental health
• Get vaccinated

This media product was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under 1 NH75OT000104-01-00. The content of this media product is that of the authors and does not necessarily stand for the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

More COVID-19 vaccine locations to be available for infants

June 23, 2022

More COVID-19 vaccine locations to be available for infants

MOBILE, Alabama — The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and Family Health, its primary care division, will both be offering infant vaccine starting today.

“The medical communities have been advocating for COVID-19 vaccine for the younger age groups (6 months and up),” said Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “We now have the vaccine coverage to protect the very young and the senior members of our community.”

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available at the following Family Health locations – Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile), Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), Eight Mile Health Center (4009 Saint Stephens Road), Southwest Mobile Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner) and Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center (2601 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile). Appointments may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team will have the Pfizer vaccine available starting today. The Moderna vaccine will be available later this month. Vaccinations and rapid testing will be available at its Festival Centre location in West Mobile (Suite 101-A; corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive), the Public Health Response Unit located at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), and the Southwest Public Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner).

These in-clinic services from the COVID-19 Response Team are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no out-of-pocket costs. While no appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — https://appointments.mchd.org.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing can be found at www.MCHDcares.com or by calling 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MCHD to offer free HIV testing next week

June 22, 2022

MCHD to offer free HIV testing next week

MOBILE, Alabama — The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Knowing your status gives you powerful information to keep you and your partner healthy.

On June 27 each year, the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) observes National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to emphasize and encourage HIV testing. This year, we observe NHTD as COVID-19 and HIV epidemics continue to affect our communities, the nation, public health departments, and healthcare facilities. As we approach NHTD, we want to recognize partners for their vital services that make HIV testing simple, accessible, affordable, and routine.

MCHD’s Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Control will provide free testing on Monday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The services will be offered at the Festival Centre shopping center (Suite 101-A; corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive), from the Public Health Response Unit located at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), and at the Southwest Mobile Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner).

The NHTD theme for 2022 is “HIV Testing is Self-care.” The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”

The topic of self-care has been particularly prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic as the need for individual and community actions to protect and promote physical and mental health have been so critical. HIV testing is an act of self-care, and knowledge of status is the gateway to engaging in prevention or treatment services that enable individuals, regardless of their status, to live a long and healthy life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and more often if you do things that might increase your risk for getting HIV.

Even if you are in a monogamous relationship (both you and your partner are having sex only with each other), you should find out for sure whether you or your partner has HIV.

COVID-19 vaccine to be available for infants

June 21, 2022

COVID-19 vaccine to be available for infants

MOBILE, Alabama — The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months and older.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available through the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) starting on Thursday, June 23. The Moderna vaccine will be available later this month.

Our COVID-19 Response Team can provide vaccinations and rapid testing at its Festival Centre location in West Mobile (Suite 101-A; corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive), the Public Health Response Unit located at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), and the Southwest Public Health Center in Tillman’s Corner (5580 Inn Road).

“The medical communities have been advocating for COVID-19 vaccine for the younger age groups (6 months and up),” said Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “We now have the vaccine coverage to protect the very young and the senior members of our community.”

These in-clinic services are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no out-of-pocket costs. While no appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — https://appointments.mchd.org.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing can be found at www.MCHDcares.com or by calling 251-410-MCHD (6243).

Weekly expanded COVID-19 report for June 20, 2022

You will find attached the expanded weekly patient characteristics data that is being compiled by the Mobile County Health Department. This will be produced each Monday.

The daily report on characteristics of COVID-19 patients in Mobile County has been replaced with an interactive dashboard. Visit  https://mchd.org/covid-19-dashboard/

ADPH has redesigned its dashboard to help people better understand the current transmission levels in their communities and the impact of COVID-19 in Alabama. The new dashboard address is as follows — https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/6d2771faa9da4a2786a509d82c8cf0f7

There is also a mobile version configured to work on small mobile screens — https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/ea2a3c6bca554bdebf8e52d9ffb5d4a9

Worldwide and United States COVID-19 case counts are available at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

6.19.22 Weekly Expanded COVID Report

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