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 Health    August 30, 2016

Penna countys' task force examined inmates with mental illness, addiction

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) has announced findings and recommendations from a Comprehensive Behavioral Task Force Report detailing the critical issue of alternatives to incarcerating mentally ill and substance abusing...

 
 Health    August 23, 2016

Open house at Mount veterans clinic

Join the staff at Hilltop Community Health Center on Friday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. for the PATH Clinic Open House, inside the old South Hills High School at 151 Ruth Street; Pittsburgh, PA 15211. The Pain Alleviation and Trauma Healing (PATH) clinic...

 
 Health    August 23, 2016

Mercy Parish Nurse Program to offer 'foundations of faith nursing' prep

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, will host “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing,” a five-day preparation course that offers...

 
 Health    August 16, 2016

WIC families urged to redeem farmers market checks for produce

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is reminding Women, Infants and Children (WIC) families to pick up their Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. They will be available through September 30 or until the FMNP checks run out. The...

 
 Health    August 2, 2016

Drug disposal kiosk, Narcan now available in Allentown

Amsler Pharmacy has installed a drug disposal Take Back Kiosk at its’ East Warrington Avenue location. This kiosk will provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, at...

 
 Health    July 26, 2016

Health Department unveils new placards

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has unveiled new placards which will be on display in food establishments in the county. The new design features a QR code which provides a quick link...

 
 Health    July 12, 2016

Limits increased for WIC program

Income limits for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program have increased. The new 2016-17 income limits for eligibility start with an annual gross income of $21,978 for a family of one; $29,637 for two; $37,296...

 
 Health    July 5, 2016

New acupuncture/laser clinic for veterans to open in health center

In support of an innovative clinic to help local Veterans, representatives from the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council received a check for $1,000 from McKees Rocks Rotary. The Pain Alleviation and Traumatic Healing (PATH) clinic will offer...

 
 Health    May 31, 2016

Free oral health screenings at Family Health Center

Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center, Pittsburgh Mercy’s integrated health care home and primary care center, welcomes the public to attend “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Bodies!” a free community health and wellness event will take place, rain or...

 
 Health    March 8, 2016

One hookah smoking session delivers 25 times the tar of a single cigarette

As cigarette smoking rates fall, more people are smoking tobacco from hookahs—communal pipes that enable users to draw tobacco smoke through water. A new meta-analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that hookah...

 
 Health    March 8, 2016

Digital eye strain cause by overexposure

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey reports 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain...

 
 Health    February 9, 2016

Allegheny County registers 246 opioid overdose deaths in 2015

In Allegheny County, the most significant component of overdose deaths is due to opioids which include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications such as oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl. According to the Office of the...

 
 Health    February 2, 2016

Health Dept. selected to implement project to improve health data sharing

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has been selected by DASH -- Data Across Sectors for Health -- as one of ten grantees to implement projects that improve health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. DASH is a national...

 
 Health    January 19, 2016

Sedentary behavior linked to poor health in adults with severe obesity

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first...

 
 Health    January 12, 2016

Pitt study shows racial bias may be conveyed by doctors' body language

Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in...

 
 Health    January 12, 2016

Text message program continued to cut binge drinking after ending

A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine-led trial to test a text message-based program aimed at reducing binge drinking is the first to show such an intervention can successfully produce sustained reductions in alcohol consumption in young adul...

 
 Health    November 10, 2015

Bladder Health Week event at Magee at Mount Oliver

Magee at Mt. Oliver Bladder Health Week will kick off Bladder Health Week by Empowering Women to Take Control of their Pelvic Health. The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) in partnership with Astellas Pharma US, Inc., will host more than 75...

 
 Health    September 29, 2015

Health Dept. influenza vaccine clinic now open

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is now offering seasonal flu and high dose flu immunizations. The vaccines are available at the walk-in immunization clinic at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland – on the third floor. The immunization...

 
 Health    September 29, 2015

Free flu shots offered at UPMC Walk-In Clinic

Free flu shots will be offered at the UPMC Walk-In Primary Care Clinic located in UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, 2000 Mary Street, South Side. The flu shots will be available beginning October 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9...

 
 Health    September 8, 2015

County police in prescription drug take-back program

The Allegheny County Police Department are participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The department will collect unwanted, unused and...

 
 Health    August 11, 2015

ACHD to be distributing rabies vaccine bait this week throughout county

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will conduct its annual raccoon rabies baiting program through August 14. ACHD employees will be identified as part of the “Rabies Control Team” with signage on their vehicles and on their t-shirts....

 
 Health    May 26, 2015

Health Dept. issues Naloxone order for pharmacies

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker has issued a countywide standing order for naloxone, or Narcan. The standing order allows any licensed pharmacy in the county, which chooses to participate, to dispense naloxone to...

 
 Health    May 19, 2015

Mercy Health System offering free screenings

Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s family medicine primary care physician practice, will mark its third anniversary in the community with a free health fair on Thursday, May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at 249 South...

 
 Health    May 5, 2015

Health Dept. launches web tools to help understand area health

As part of its ongoing efforts to be more data driven, the Allegheny County Health Department has launched two web-based tools that are available at www.achd.net. Both the Allegheny Community Indicators (ACI) dashboard and a comprehensive Community...

 
 Health    May 5, 2015

AAA offering free series for caregivers of older adults

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering a free education series for caregivers of older adults. This series is for nonprofessional caregivers and is designed to help them gain an understanding of...

 

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