MCHD to host art exhibit to observe World AIDS Day

November 26, 2021

MCHD to host art exhibit to observe World AIDS Day

MOBILE, Ala. — World AIDS Day is observed December 1 each year. The day is an opportunity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day, newly recognized in 1988, was the first-ever global health day.

To help mark the occasion, the Mobile County Health Department is sponsoring a special experience that Wednesday at its Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile). The Scarlet Event Presents: ART Beat — A Therapeutic Art Experience in the lobby and courtyard from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tyrome “Ty” Tover, a peer counselor with MCHD and a contemporary expressionist painter, said local artist will have the opportunity to showcase their work during the gallery event. They can display up two pieces of art. Photos of items not on display will be featured on social media.

A native of Mobile, Tover’s colorful paintings pay homage to his life experiences and his emotions. His distinctive personal style and use of color permeates throughout his works. Most of his works display his fondness for use of acrylic paints over black canvas.

Tover has led a very interesting life saturated in the arts: from lead dancer, to choreographer, to local painter. Tover left Mobile early on in his life to seek culture in other communities. He spent more than a decade in Los Angeles where he served on numerous artistic boards, including the Disney Anaheim Museum.

His artwork has been shown in local exhibitions, including the most recent one by the Mobile Arts Council titled “A Celebration of Black Artists.” Tover’s work is currently featured on the Mobile Arts Council’s Virtual Art Gallery at https://mobilearts.org/virtualgallery/

Additionally, he had some of his artwork displayed during the LoDa Art Walk in February. The event celebrated black artists and their contributions to the art community.

The Scarlet Event has been a part of the World AIDS Day observation for many years in Mobile. It takes place to celebrate life for the ones affected by AIDS but who are still here laughing, loving, and living.

The World AIDS Day 2021 theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (EHE): Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.” The goal of EHE is to reduce new infections by 75 percent in the next five years and by 90 percent by 2030. To reach this goal, efforts will focus on five key strategies that together can end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.: diagnose, treat, prevent, respond, and engage the workforce.

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MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

November 17, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on November 16 at 600 Azalea Road and Skyline Drive North. A total of 825 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a grease blockage and asphalt in a sewer main line.

Quick response by MAWSS crews enabled them to reclaim 425 gallons of the wastewater that overflowed. Approximately 400 gallons of wastewater flowed into Montlimar Creek.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and removed the asphalt. Steps are being taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Montlimar Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MCHD offers pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at Festival Centre

November 12, 2021

MCHD offers pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at Festival Centre

MOBILE, Ala. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age in the U.S. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for this age group is a reduced dose (10 microgram), two-dose series.

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) follows the guidance of the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding vaccination recommendations. The ACIP recommendation applies to all children 5-11 years of age, including those with underlying conditions and previous COVID-19 infection.

Starting today, MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team will offer the pediatric vaccine at its vaccination and testing location at the Festival Centre in Suite 101-A. The West Mobile shopping center is located at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive.

MCHD provides COVID-19 vaccines and walk-in rapid testing Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to these hours, the clinic will be open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The same services will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The location will be closed on Sundays.

Family Health, the primary care division of MCHD, has received a limited amount of pediatric vaccine that is available by appointment only (call 251-690-8889 for times and locations).

Parents will need to sign a consent form for any person under 18 who wishes to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The parent does not have to be present, but a signed consent form is required.

For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, you may visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MCHD observes National Nurse Practitioner Week

November 10, 2021

MCHD observes National Nurse Practitioner Week

MOBILE, Ala. — Every day, nurse practitioners (NPs) are saving lives and improving the health of our friends and family. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has elevated awareness of how NPs are essential to our health care system.

To honor their heroic efforts, communities nationwide are joining the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health – its primary care division — in recognizing the critical role of NPs as part of the annual National Nurse Practitioner Week celebration (NP Week). This year it takes place November 7 to 13.

“Family Health and its patients are grateful for the compassionate high quality nurse practitioners who have committed to serve their community well,” said Kelly Warren, Executive Director of Family Health. “Please join us in thanking a Nurse Practitioner this week.”

Serving as nurse practitioners for Family Health are the following:

Citronelle Health Center – Seth Davis, Thaila Keodouangdy,
Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center — Heather Harvey,
Eight Mile Health Center – Maria Beck, Dr. Shayria Catlin,
Keeler Adult Health – Mason Wade,
Keeler Pediatric Health – Janelle Davis, Edna Harris
Keeler Women’s Health – Cindy Norman, Barbara Swartz,
North Mobile Health Center – Jessica Clarke,
Semmes Health Center – Suzie Lebatard, Charlotte Gamble, Laura Jane Wolf,
Women’s Center — Jeri Jones, Raquel King, Beth Ruzic, Tina Syphrit.

NPs provide a wide range of care to America’s patients in more than 1 billion visits annually. The NP Week theme in 2021 is “NPs: Going the Extra Mile,” which offers patients the opportunity to share their story about the positive difference an NP has made in their life.

NP Week recognizes the contributions that more than 325,000 licensed NPs make to the health of patients nationwide. These health care professionals practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes, and private practices across the country — wherever patients are in need — and continue to provide front-line care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPs assess patients, order, and interpret tests, make diagnoses, and provide treatment, including prescribing medications. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans.

 

Mobile City Council honors S.W.A.T. program

November 9, 2021

Mobile City Council honors S.W.A.T. program

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile City Council today presented a proclamation to the Mobile County Health Department’s S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) program. This was in observance of November being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

S.W.A.T. students are recruited by a school sponsor to serve as peer tobacco prevention educators in elementary and middle schools, with a focus on students in fourth through eighth grade. It is part of MCHD’s Community Prevention Programs department under the Prevention & Wellness directorate.

Gina Gregory, Vice President of the Council, presented the proclamation to Harold Jones, MCHD’s Youth Tobacco Coordinator, and to S.W.A.T. members Azaria Hudson, Undrea Jones, and Amber Patrick from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes and to Blakeney Horne, Kacey Rogers, and Micah Lee from Alma Bryant High School in Irvington.

Lee spoke to the Council members about the importance of the S.W.A.T. program. After she finished, Council President C.J. Small congratulated the students on their efforts and requested that they come shake the hands of the Council members and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

Also present at the event were Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, Executive Director of Prevention & Wellness; Pebbles King, who oversees the Bureau of Community and Nutrition Services; and Tiki Rodgers, the school sponsor for Mary G. Montgomery High School.

“First off, I would like to thank Mobile City Council for letting us join everyone here today and would like to say that we are honored to be a part of an organization like S.W.A.T. which helps to educate elementary and middle school students on the dangers of tobacco use via peer pressure,” Jones said.

“When you consider that nearly half a million people die each year from tobacco use and understand that 20 percent of all high school students use e-cigarettes, it is clear that all of us have a lot of work to do. On behalf of all the members of the S.W.A.T. program, we are deeply appreciative of the support shown for our program by the Mobile City Council.”

For more information about the S.W.A.T. program, contact Jones at 251-544-2064 or at hjones@mchd.org.

 

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