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Health Matters Dec 2010

Health Matters Dec 2010

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Cincinnati Health Department Newsletter December 2010
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Health Matters

News and Notes

Volume 1I, Issue VI

December 2010

The School Health Program is discussed during December’s “We Know Health Matters,” CHD’s show on CitiCable Time Warner Channel 23. Playback times:
M– 9, 11 a.m. W– 5 p.m. Th.– 12 p.m. F– 9 a.m. Su.– 3 p.m.

Dental Services offers care, hope
“I had to go ask for help. I have never asked for help in my whole life...If it weren’t for the Cincinnati Health Department, I don’t know what I’d have done,” Glenn Winnigham, a Price Hill Health Center patient, said. This sentiment is expressed among many CHD patients, two thirds of whom are uninsured and have few other options for care. The Health Department created a brief video about CHD’s Dental Services, led by Dental Director Nancy Carter, that is posted on weknowhealthmatters.com. Dental care is critical since dental-related pain or infection is one of the top five reasons for emergency room visits. Regular dental care can prevent against gum disease, which has been linked to lung disease, heart disease, strokes, low birth weight and premature births. Dental care can also increase self-image, helping people find jobs. At the six CHD dental centers, employees provide 7,500 emergency care encounters and 28,000 comprehensive care encounters for 12,000 patients annually. CHD also provides dental care for children. The sealant program for Cincinnati Public School Children provides sealants, a decay preventive procedure, for 3,600 students annually.

Joyce came to McMicken Dental Center in 2004 through the Drop Inn Center's program for women. She now works for Levi's in Hebron, KY. Joyce has been clean off drugs for seven years, and still has the original denture that was made for her. She says no one knows she has dentures unless she tells them.

HIV tests for World AIDS Day

Follow CHD on Twitter at twitter.com/ CinciHealthDept

If you have an item you would like to include e-mail Rocky Merz at rocky.merz@ cincinnati-oh.gov. A special thanks to Gail Long-Cook for contributing the Food Safety tips.

CHD raised awareness for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, by offering free, confidential HIV, Syphilis and other STD testing at the Clement Health Center. Health Department employees were guests on the “Lincoln Ware Show” on the Buzz 1230AM and discussed, HIV, STDs, lead, school nurses and bed bugs. The above picture is of Lincoln Ware (left) and Health Commissioner Dr. Maseru (right).

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Health Matters

Holiday food safety tips
The holiday season is full of holiday entertainment with lots of homeprepared food. These busy and hectic times can lead to potential foodborne illnesses. However, preventing a foodborne illness in our homes during the holidays can easily be avoided by following some simple practices to keep food safe and your holidays happy. HYGIENE Hand washing is the simplest way to prevent many food borne illnesses. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently. Wash before, during and after food preparation, especially after touching raw food. Wash hands after loading soiled dishes into your dishwasher. Wash after touching bare body parts and after touching your pet. Wash with hot water and soap. Lather hands, wrists and between fingers for 20 seconds. THAWING FOOD Thaw foods in the refrigerator; under running water; in a microwave; then cook immediately. Never defrost food at room temperature. CROSS CONTAMINATION Avoiding bacterial cross contamination is another easy practice to prevent illnesses. Don't let bacteria spread from one food to another, especially, raw meat, poultry and seafood. Keep raw foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Prepare raw foods after ready-to-eat foods, including finger sandwiches and appetizers. Minimize touching ready-to-eat foods while placing on serving trays. No need to rinse off poultry, meat or fish. Bacteria contaminants are killed at temperatures hotter than faucet water provides. Rinsing raw foods may generate random splashes—crosscontaminating surrounding surfaces. Unwrap raw meats, poultry and fish in the sink; throw out the packaging. Use separate cutting boards and utensils for different foods. Use one for each raw meat or fish, another for fresh produce, another for bread. Minimize touching anything after touching raw foods. Don’t open cabinets or fridge until you’ve washed your hands. Remember to clean faucet handles that you touched to wash your hands. Use disposable towels to clean kitchen surfaces. Soiled cloth towels, wash cloth and sponges can harbor and spread bacteria. Provide serving utensils for all finger foods. SERVING Food out of its proper temperature for too long is a food safety problem. Keep hot foods at 135OF and above. Keep cold foods at 41OF and below. Food that is between 41OF and135OF is in the danger zone. Minimize time food is left out at room temperature (danger zone) to prevent pathogen growth which may cause a food borne illness. For cold food, prepare and refrigerate several small trays of similar food. Set out one at a time to help keep food at proper temperature.

In memory
CHD remembers Julie Klingenbeck, a Dental Assistant/CRR at Price Hill Health Center who passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18 after a year long battle with cancer. She leaves behind two children Emily (18 years old) and Kayla (15 years old). A fund for her children has been established at PNC Bank. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, Dental Director Nancy Carter (B&K 2nd floor) would be more than happy to accept donations on behalf of the family. CHD’s employees thoughts are with Julie’s family and friends.

Employee recognition
CHD recognizes and thanks Vernell Moore in the Central Lab for her hard work in raising money for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. CHD’s goal was $500, but ended up raising more than $900! Moore raised $416 herself. Members of the team were: Moore, Ellen Beringer and Denisha Garland in Health Promotions, Gina Pratt in Special Programs and Millie Olds in the Central Lab.

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