WEST CENTRAL MICHIGAN — After being closed due to COVID-19, District Health Department No. 10 is beginning to offer several programming services.

Offices still remain closed to the general public, per guidance through Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan and executive orders. Entryways to health department buildings will remain locked and visiting clients must call to enter.

All individuals entering the building will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked to wear a mask. If a client does not have a mask, DHD No. 10 will provide one for them. No client will be denied service for their inability to wear a mask.

Below is a list of DHD No. 10 services and how they are currently being offered:

FAMILY HEALTH

Women, Infants and Children (WIC):

• DHD No. 10 continues to offer phone appointments to clients through June 30. Call your local WIC office to schedule a phone appointment.

• Breast feeding peer counselors continue to be available to provide support over the phone to those in need.

Home Visiting Programs:

Healthy Families, Children’s Special Health Care Service (CSHCS), and Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) and Healthy Families America (HFA) are beginning to integrate in-person appointments in an outside setting, utilizing masks and social distancing practices.

• Telehealth visits continue to be an option for clients.

• Clients' local case manager will call to schedule an appointment.

• Hearing and Vision services are beginning to reach out to schools for the upcoming school year.

Immunizations:

• In-person appointments are being scheduled at this time with prioritization given to babies less than 24 months and children Kindergarten through 7th grade.

• Vaccines for other age groups, including adults, can be scheduled with central scheduling as time permits.

• Call 888-217-3904 to schedule an appointment

Family Planning, STD and Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics:

• Call 888-217-3904 to schedule an appointment

• Medications & birth control will be mailed whenever possible.

• Select Family Planning services will be delivered curbside as staffing allows, such as: certain birth-control methods, pregnancy tests, Plan B, and confidential birth-control pill dispensing.

• Medical clinics are currently scheduling one-hour in-person initial and annual visits.

• Paperwork can be done in the car or mailed in ahead of time.

• The condom bowl at each DHD No. 10 location will be placed outside the doors during regular business hours.

COMMUNITY HEALTH

• All client-based Community Health services are being provided over the phone and/or through video conferencing.

• Community Connections continues to provide phone-based basic needs navigation with the addition of limited ‘drop off’ services as needed.

• Tobacco Treatment Services (TTS) continue providing Telehealth counseling.

• Cancer Control Navigation Program (including breast & cervical cancer prevention) staff continue to call and enroll new clients and provide support to current clients.

• Diabetes Prevention Program staff are now enrolling individuals who are at risk for developing diabetes or diagnosed with prediabetes for a virtual programming opportunity. To learn more, visit: livewell4health.org/diabetes-prevention.

• The Adolescent Health Center is continuing to provide phone/video conferencing behavioral health services for students in Brethren, Cadillac, Chippewa Hills, Grayling, Hart, Lake City, Mesick, Manton, and Shelby schools.

• Call 888-217-3904 for more information about community health services.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Environmental Health services will continue offering scheduled services to the public such as: Septic permits, well permits, recording environmental concern complaints, conducting mortgage evaluations and point-of-sale evaluations, providing drinking water sampling and groundwater contamination sampling.

• Permits and applications can be dropped off at the DHD#10 office in your county. Please ring the bell for service.

• For drinking water samples, please refer to our website for details on sending in or dropping off water samples.

Environmental Health services also will continue offering select services to businesses and contractors such as: Soil evaluations, septage truck approvals, final inspections of septic and well installations, day care inspections, suspected foodborne illness outbreak investigations, food service complaints, plan reviews, pre-opening inspections of food operations, routine and follow-up inspections and consultation with food service operators.

DHD No. 10 serves communities in 10 counties in West Central Michigan, including Mecosta and Lake counties. For more information, call 231-592-0130 (Mecosta County) or 231-745-4663 (Lake County); or email info@dhd10.org.