Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

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  • THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY! REMEMBER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING March 16, 2018PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                     CONTACT:  Haley Russo (440) 350-2844 March 15, 2018                                                                                                           LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY!  REMEMBER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVINGSt. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18). The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC) is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.“We want our community members to plan ahead when they are celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day,” said Haley Russo, the Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator. “Don’t let alcohol cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road. Drinking and driving is an act of selfishness. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Please make a plan before you head out for St. Patrick’s Day parties,” Ms. Russo continued.The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that as of March 5th, 2018 Lake County has had one fatal crash on Lake County roadways this year.The LCSCC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend the following tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:A safe, sober ride home is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking.If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober.If you have been drinking and need a sober ride home, there are many options. Call a sober friend or family member, a taxi, use public transportation, or try ride sharing apps such as UBER or Lyft. Also, try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which helps users call a taxi or a sober friend for a ride home, and helps to identify their location so they can be picked up.Help those around you be responsible, too. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.If you see someone who appears to be driving drunk, call the police. Your actions could help save a life. Remember, this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan Before You Party! Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving! ###

  • LAKE COUNTY CONTINUES TO RANK HIGH IN 2018 COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS March 16, 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              CONTACT: Ron H. Graham, (440) 350-2543March 16, 2018                                                                                                                         LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY CONTINUES TO RANK HIGH IN 2018 COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, has just released the seventh year of County Health Rankings, a comprehensive report that ranks the overall health of nearly every county across all 50 states, by way of a standardized methodology to measure (1) health policies and programs, (2) health factors, and (3) health outcomes. Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is pleased to announce that Lake County continues to be in the top tier of ranked Ohio counties, with respect to both health outcomes and health factors.This year’s rankings continue to illustrate that much of health is affected outside of the doctor’s office. Lake County rose from 23rd (2017) to 13th (2018) for health outcomes, and from 10th (2017) to 9th (2018) for health factors. LCGHD Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham commented, “As an agency working to promote the health of our community, we are excited to see this increased ranking, though we interpret the data with caution. Simply put, this ranking is often influenced by the addition of new measures, or a change in how the data is collected, from year-to-year”. Elaborating further on this process, Commissioner Graham went on to say “for instance, the 2018 County Health Rankings utilized two new years of premature death and low birthweight data, the addition of which increases the potential for change in health outcome rankings from the previous year. Additionally, County Health Rankings changed what data was used to measure the access to exercise opportunities and food environment index, which resulted in a ranking change”.Currently, Lake County is experiencing an increase in premature death, years of productive life lost, total number of chlamydia cases, the percentage of children in poverty, violent crimes, and a decrease in the number of women receiving mammography screenings. Commissioner Graham commented that “the data is still relatively old, and the recent increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in the last few years will dramatically impact premature death and years of productive life lost. A higher Community Health Ranking should theoretically be followed by improved community health, but nothing can replace real-time data when working to prevent chronic disease, and many of the health measures used to determine these rankings”.Despite the following concerns, there are a number of positive Lake County trends to report, including a reduction in airborne particular matter, decreased preventable hospital stays, and a decrease in the number of uninsured individuals. “These trends, much alike anything intended to improve community health, require partnerships, time, and commitment…” noted Graham, and “…it will take all of us working together toward a shared goal to make a noticeable impact here in Lake County. Collaboration and input is not reserved for public health and healthcare, but should also include the expertise of local business, education, and government, in addition to Lake County community members and parents”.Using the Rankings DataThe County Health Rankings provide a snapshot of a community’s health and a starting point for investigating and discussing ways to improve health. This guide will help you find and understand the data – in this site and beyond – as you begin to assess your needs and resources, and focus on what’s important. The guide includes seven sections:Communities Using the Rankings Data introduces the many ways communities are using the Rankings.Exploring the Data helps you get the most out of the Rankings and the wealth of underlying data.Making Use of Your Snapshot helps you navigate the information in your county’s snapshot and identify key areas where you may wish to look for additional data.Digging Deeper helps you think through what other information would help you further understand the health of your community.Broadening Your View helps you widen your focus beyond the specific measures included in the Rankings.Visualizing the Data provides links to resources to help you visualize where the assets and weaknesses are in your community.Finding More Data directs you to additional national and state data sources. For more information on Lake County General Health District, visit our website at ###

  • LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING TWO FAMILY FLU CLINICS January 11, 2018NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                  CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439January 9, 2018                                                                                                     LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING TWO FAMILY FLU CLINICSThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that the United States has experienced an increase in flu activity, with flu-like illnesses increasing to 5.8%1, similar to the previous severe flu season in 2014-2015. From December 24, 2018 to December 30, 2018, Ohio has experienced widespread flu diagnoses. Lake County General Health District also regrets to inform that Lake County has experienced three deaths related to the flu. In response to the current flu situation, the Lake County General Health Department will be offering two additional flu clinics for all community members:January 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. These flu clinics are available to infants, children and adults and will take place at Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. We ask participants to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of their visit. Please call 350-2554 to schedule your appointment today or if you have any questions about these flu clinics.The flu can be a mild to serious illness that could result in hospitalization. The flu virus is easily spread by tiny droplets that are produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. These tiny droplets can travel through the air and enter the mouths or noses of another person or land on surfaces that others may touch. Once a person is exposed to the flu, it may take a few days for symptoms to occur. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, sneezing, fever or feeling hot and cold, running nose or stuffy nose, body aches and feeling tired.“Regardless of whether you get your flu vaccine from us, your local healthcare provider or local pharmacy, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense in managing the flu and protecting others from getting it,” commented Tara Perkins, Lake County General Health District Director of Nursing. Other ways to prevent the flu include the following:Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing or coughing and when preparing meals.When sneezing, sneeze into the crease of your arm, near your elbow. This will reduce the spread of germs to your hands which could then travel to other people and surfaces.Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.Stay home if you are sick. Give your body time to recover and to protect your colleagues from getting sick.Try to reduce your stress levels. This can cause your body to become rundown, making it more likely to picking up viruses.For more information or please call the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2554 or visit ###

  • LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINIC January 11, 2018PRESS RELEASE                                                                                            CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844JANUARY 4, 2018                                                                                           LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINICThe Lake County General Health District will be offering a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) clinic for all community members on January 10th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is available to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in obtaining the knowledge and skills to recognize an overdose and use Naloxone (Narcan). Heroin accounted for almost half of all unintentional drug-related deaths in Lake County in the year 2016 and fentanyl-related deaths accounted for almost 70%. Data for 2017 is still being finalized at this time.The Project DAWN clinic will take place at the Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. If you wish to register or have any questions about the clinic, please contact Haley Russo at 440-350-2844. ###


  • LAKE COUNTY PACE EH TEAM LAUNCHES SURVEY TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS December 21, 2017NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                           CONTACT: CHRIS LOXTERMAN (440) 350-2543December 8, 2017                                                                                                            LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT      LAKE COUNTY PACE EH TEAM LAUNCHES SURVEY TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS The Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence (PACE) Team, made up of the Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) and many community partners, are surveying the residents and workers of Lake County to identify the environmental concerns.The survey is available online on the LCGHD website, Paper copies will be available at senior centers and at the LCGHD offices located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. Information received from the survey will guide action on environmental issues that affect the residents and workers in Lake County and also address identified community needs.PACE in Environmental Health or PACE EH is a guidance tool to perform a community-based environmental health assessment and create an accurate and verifiable profile of a community’s environmental health status.PACE EH is a method for engaging communities and local health officials for:Identifying local environmental health issuesSetting priorities for actionTargeting populations most at riskAddressing identified issues to improve environmental health The methodology behind PACE EH is a series of 13 tasks to engage collaborative teamwork between a group of local stakeholders (including community members and the staff of local agencies), collect necessary and relevant information related to community environmental health concerns, rank issues, establish relevant indicators and select local priorities for action.To answer any questions about the PACE EH project or to request that a copy of the survey be mailed to your home, please contact Chris Loxterman or Dan Lark at (440) 350-2543. Agencies participating on the PACE Team include Eastlake Fire Department, HzW Environmental Consultants, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lake County Commissioners, Lake County Council on Aging, Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Geographic Information System, Lake County Medical Reserve Corps, Lake County Planning Commission, Lake County Soil and Water District, Lake County Utilities Department, Lake County YMCA, Leroy Township, Madison Township, North Perry Village, Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Office, Perry Village, Wickliffe City, Wickliffe Fire Department and Willoughby City. ###