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.

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

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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).

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

June 21, 2022

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred June 20. The overflow occurred behind 221 East Pershing Street in the ditch near a lift station.

The total volume lost was between 10,000 and 25,000 gallons. The ultimate destination was Chickasaw Creek.

The cause of the SSO was a mechanical failure at the lift station.

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 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 Chickasaw 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 recognizes Juneteenth Day events

June 15, 2022

MCHD recognizes Juneteenth Day events

MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile County Health Department’s Health Equity Office would like to honor Juneteenth as a day of major significance in American history, showing that freedom and racial equality have always been and continue to be a hard-fought battle.

Celebrated annually on June 19, “Juneteenth” commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The date represents the Union soldiers’ arrival in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, with news of the end of the Civil War and freedom for all who had been in bondage.

Events occurring throughout the weekend in honor of Juneteenth include:

The City of Mobile is offering a Juneteenth: Education through Celebration Event-filled weekend. Activities include:
• Thursday, June 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — History talks and cocktail hour at the History Museum of Mobile
• Friday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to sundown — Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail Tour starting at the History Museum of Mobile
• Sunday, June 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. — Afternoon of family fun at the Hope Community Center

Learn more about the City of Mobile’s events at https://www.cityofmobile.org/parks-rec/events/juneteenth.

The City of Prichard and Alabama Power Foundation is offering a Prichard Juneteenth Parade on Sunday, June 19, at noon on Route B. A festival will follow at 3 p.m. in Downtown Prichard on South Wilson Avenue. Learn more about the City of Prichard’s event at https://www.thecityofprichard.org/juneteen-celebration-2022.

The Mobile Public Library is offering a special event on Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at the Ben May Main Branch. The event will feature Ben Raines, a journalist who first located the wreckage confirmed as the ruin of the Clotilda, and a panel discussion of experts from the Clotilda Descendants Association and MOVE Gulf Coast Community Development Corporation.

According to the website www.juneteenth.com, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation – which had been issued on January 1, 1863 – was read to newly freed African Americans in Texas by U.S. Army General Gordon Granger. Texas was the last Confederate State to have the proclamation announced after the end of the American Civil War in April of that year. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and minimal fighting meant few Union troops were present to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.

Alabama became the 40th state to recognize Juneteenth through the passage of “Recognizing the Celebration of Juneteenth Day” (Act No. 2011-398, SJR-157) legislation sponsored by state Sen. Hank Sanders in 2011. In January this year, state Rep. Thomas Jackson pre-filed a bill to designate the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Jackson says this designated state holiday would also allow public schools to offer instruction and programs regarding Juneteenth.
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This media product was supported by funds 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. It does not necessarily stand for the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MCHD warns of health risks related to high temperatures

June 13, 2022

MCHD warns of health risks related to high temperatures

MOBILE, Alabama — The National Weather Service office in Mobile has issued a Heat Advisory for coastal counties of Alabama and Florida, as well as far southeastern Mississippi counties, today from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.

High temperatures reaching the middle 90s, coupled with high relative humidity, will result in heat index values approaching 110 degrees in these coastal areas. Similar heat index values are expected for Tuesday, and another heat advisory may become necessary.

The Mobile County Health Department is warning people that heat cramps, sunburn, and heat exhaustion are likely, and heat stroke is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity when Heat Index values are at these levels.

Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill (especially with heart disease or high blood pressure) are at the greatest risk. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

Tips for preventing heat-related disorders
• Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Do not wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. They cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Never leave children (or anyone else) or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.

• Babies are at higher risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they get too hot during sleep. You can learn more by visiting https://mailchi.mp/mail/marking-national-minority-health-month-and-promoting-safe-infant-sleep-for-all-601492?e=114687e457
• Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat
• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
• Cut down on outdoor exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.
• Try to rest often in shady areas.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Also, put sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Heat Index and Related Heat Disorders
Heat Index Possible heat-related disorders for people in higher-risk groups
130°F or higher Heatstroke/sunstroke is highly likely with continued exposure.
105° to 130°F Sunstroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion likely; and heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
90° to 105°F Sunstroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
80° to 90°F Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.

 

 

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