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Public Health and Public Safety Address Opioid Epidemic at Statewide Conference Hosted by MDHHS

Marquette, Mich.– 04/17/2018 – To help address the opioid epidemic affecting the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted a statewide conference for 150 public safety and public health professionals today, April 17. The Public Safety and Public Health Opioid Conference in Lansing featured state and national experts discussing the issues of addiction, law enforcement practices, naloxone use and first responder precautions. Best practices were shared, including presentations from Monroe and Macomb counties. Participants also had opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders from across the state. “This conference is a strong step towards helping our communities work together to fight the opioid epidemic,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “By sharing lessons learned and best practices, we will continue to address this public health threat with a united front in the most effective ways possible.” Sessions and speakers included: Opioid Addiction: What it is and How to Treat it – Dr. Debra Pinals, medical director, Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs, MDHHS The Evolving Epidemiology of HIV-Infected Persons Who Inject Drugs: Lessons Learned from Indiana 2015 – Dr. John Brooks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Role of Medicaid and Other MDHHS Programs in Addressing the Opioid Crisis – Lynda Zeller, senior deputy director, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, MDHHS Michigan Response to the Opioid Epidemic: The Naloxone Standing Order – Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive,...

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New Health Resource Available for Early Childhood Educators

Marquette, Mich. – 04/17/2018– The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, announces the release of a valuable new tool to support student health. The Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ provides early childhood educators with age-appropriate health-promoting activities. The early childhood module complements the K-12 modules of the nationally recognized Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum and provides an emphasis on family involvement. The Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ consists of 21 activities within four units: Social and Emotional Health; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Safety; and Personal Health and Wellness. Family Resource Sheets are included with every activity to extend the learning at home. “Engaging our youngest students in health-promoting activities starts them on the road to adopting lifelong healthy habits,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “The home activities offer an opportunity to extend those lessons to the entire family.” The activities were designed to be adaptable to any early childhood learning environment. They are aligned to Michigan’s Early Learning Expectations and the National Health Education Standards. Early childhood educators will be provided training and technical assistance on the Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ through the school health coordinator in their region. For a list of coordinators, visit Mishca.org/where. For more information about the Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™, including ordering information, visit the Michigan Model for...

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Delta Dental Foundation Grant Helping MDHHS Assess Oral Cancer Screening Procedures

  Marquette, Mich.— 04/17/2018 — April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and to help raise awareness the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Oral Health Unit is using a nearly $27,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to assess screening procedures for oral cancer and determine knowledge of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) among oral health professionals. Dr. Jeff Johnston, Chief Science Officer and Vice President at Delta Dental, represents the organization on the MDHHS advisory committee for this project. “Although April is cancer awareness month, the need for early diagnosis and treatment is year round,” Johnston said. “Promotion of HPV awareness and vaccination will pay off in less people having to go through this terrible disease.” The Oral Health Unit is using the funding to conduct a survey of 5,000 Michigan dental providers. Responses will help: Assess screening procedures for oral cancer by oral health professionals. Assess the knowledge of oral health professionals of oral cancer screening, HPV and HPV vaccine. Determine if oral health professionals perform any follow up after identifying patients with suspected oral cancers. Determine if oral health professionals are willing to discuss HPV, its connection to oral cancer and/or promote the HPV vaccine. In addition, survey results may be used to develop interventions and pilots and share best practices among Michigan dental providers. “The goal is to increase the number of Michigan...

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Michiganders Warned Not to Consume Products Containing Kratom Due to Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Substance

Marquette, Mi.– 04/13/2018 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and local health departments to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to the consumption of products containing the plant substance kratom. More than 130 people from 38 states, including three individuals in Michigan in Kent, Livingston and Monroe counties, have been infected with Salmonella linked to kratom. No deaths have been reported; however, 38 individuals have been hospitalized. Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and is also used as an opioid substitute. Kratom is known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. Ill individuals have reported consuming kratom as pills, powder and in tea. “We are advising Michigan residents not to consume any products containing kratom,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “If you have used kratom and subsequently develop symptoms, please consult your medical provider. In addition, we urge people to consult their healthcare provider before taking any supplement, especially if they have weakened immune systems, are pregnant, younger than 5 years old or are an older adult.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a mandatory recall for all food products containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC. Other kratom products have...

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Hepatitis A Helpline Provides 24/7 Expert Counsel for Healthcare Professionals to Fight On-going Outbreak

Marquette, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have teamed up for a provider helpline to assist healthcare providers with questions about hepatitis A. The helpline is staffed by infectious disease specialists and is available 24/7. “With more than 800 cases of hepatitis A reported in Michigan during this outbreak, it is far from over,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “During the first three months of 2018, there have been more cases reported than we would expect to see for an entire year. Local health departments, hospitals, urgent cares and primary care clinics need access to the latest information to help them with their patients and stop the spread of this disease.” The Hepatitis A Provider Helpline is not intended for the general public. Patients are advised to consult with their physician or local health department with their questions. The helpline provides a valuable service for disease prevention and mitigating new cases for healthcare providers and can answer questions regarding: Hepatitis A treatment Identifying high-risk groups Hepatitis A vaccination Hepatitis A blood testing “The Hepatitis A provider helpline is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals across the state,” said Norman Markowitz, M.D., a Henry Ford infectious diseases physician. “Our team can provide the latest best practices for preventing and limiting the spread of hepatitis A in...

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