Cincinnati Health Department

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games commenced in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Friday. The excitement for the games has been tempered by concerns over the Zika virus; with 166,000 suspected and confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus, the country is facing a Zika epidemic. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans falls ill from consuming contaminated foods or beverages, which are often raw, every year. 

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The Creating Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) and Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) recently hosted a minority health discussion to figure out the most pressing needs for minorities in the area and how to better serve the health and wellness needs of Cincinnatians. 

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Breastfeeding is a personal choice that has some known health benefits for the baby and mother; however, it can draw strong opinions from family, friends and the public. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – a special supplemental nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk – can help low-income women with breastfeeding education, nutritional needs and overall health.

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The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) will transition to a smoke-free policy for its public housing residents.

"Our goal is to ensure that residents have healthy, smoke-free living options," said Denisha Porter, Cincinnati Health Department Director of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness, who is working with CMHA on the policy.

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Update 5:38 p.m.: Cincinnati State says Provost Monica Posey will serve as interim president.

The local infant mortality rate is still unacceptably high, but more babies are surviving to their first birthday in Cincinnati than in previous years. The Cincinnati Health Department is working to continue that trend, sponsoring a series of discussions for would-be, expectant and young mothers, and fathers, about family planning, healthy moms and babies. 

The Cincinnati Health Department like many medical facilities across the nation is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak.  

Director for Public Health Preparedness Dr. Steven Englender addressed a city council committee Tuesday.  He said they want to make sure, in the rare situation of a local Ebola the case, the patient is not sent home from a hospital as was the case in Dallas.

  

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his decision to replace the chairwoman of the Cincinnati Board of Health has nothing to do with politics.  

Cranley said Tuesday in a phone interview he was appointing Herschel Chalk to replace Joyce Kinley, whose term expired on March 1st.  

“Herschel Chalk, who I’m appointing, has been a long-time advocate against prostate cancer, who's somebody I’ve gotten to know,” Cranley said.  “I was impressed by him because of his advocacy on behalf of fighting cancer.  I committed to appoint him a long time ago.”

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