Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
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Immunizations, Family Planning, and School Nursing are just a few of the services provided by our nursing staff.
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The Environmental Health division protects and promotes public health and safety through public education and enforcement of state rules and regulations.
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If disaster strikes, are you prepared? The Emergency Preparedness page offers helpful links and information.
Healthy Families
WIC, Help Me Grow, the CARE Van, and Health Education programs are all programs designed to promote the health and well-being of Fayette County families.
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
Phone: 740-335-5910
Fax: 740-333-3528
Email: fayecohd@odh.ohio.gov
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The Fayette County Health Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new special needs registry for the county.

What is it?

- It is a quick, effective and advanced method to gather and utilize information provided by the residents of Fayette County.
- Provides immediate access to information for residents with "Special Needs" in case of natural or widespread disaster.
- Unique, affordable way to provide the residents of our community with a value added service.
- Allows Fayette County residents the ability to input their data directly through the Fayette County Health Departments secure website.
- There is no fee or charge to residents and all information is voluntary.
- Provides the information first responders need when minutes matter.
- The information provided by you through the completion of the questionnaire is intended to be access solely by the Emergency Services providers of Fayette County.

Where to find it?

- It will be located on the Fayette County Health Department webpage at www.faycohd.org
-Click on the Saving Minutes Icon

When is it available?

-NOW!!!! It is ready to go
- Visit the site and enter you information.

What to do if I do not have internet service?

" Pick up, complete and return a questionnaire from the Health Department of other participating agency.
" Utilize a computer at your local library.
" Ask a family member or a friend to enter you information.
Who?
" All residents of Fayette County are encouraged to register their resident information and keep it up to date.

Questions?

Contact Megan Batson at the Fayette County Health Department at 740-333-3590 or megan.batson@odh.ohio.gov.

Saving Minutes -
Special Needs Registry now available
Fayette County Health District
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington C.H., OH 43160
General Phone: 740-335-5910
Environmental Health: 740-333-3590
WIC: 740-333-3552
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528
WHAT IS WIC? (Women, Infants and Children) WIC began in 1974 and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is a program for Women, Infants, and Children and benefits income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5.

WIC provides nutritional education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables and iron-fortified infant formula: and referrals to health and social services as needed.

The program improves pregnancy outcomes, reduces infant mortality and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets. WIC promotes breastfeeding for all mom and babies since mother's milk is the best dairy for infants. Breast milk is more natural and passes on lots of needed immunities to the baby to get them started on a healthy path in life.

Obesity has emerged as a major public health concern in both the general population and the population that participate in the WIC program. As of October 1, 2014 WIC is providing 1% or skim milk for all children over the age of 2 and all adult women as a healthy diet choice.

If you think you may be eligible for the WIC program according to WIC income guidelines listed below, please call the WIC office at 740-333-3552, which is located in the Fayette County Health Department. You may ask to speak with Julie Schwartz R.N. Director of WIC.



March is National Nutrition Month
Frequently Asked Questions
About Lead
What Is Lead?
Lead is a bluish-grey metal that occurs naturally in the environment. Although lead can be found in small amounts in the earth's crust, most of it comes from man-made activities such as manufacturing and mining. In the past lead has been used in gasoline, paint, metals, bullets and batteries. But because of lead's hazardous health effects, lead has been banned or significantly reduced in these products.

What are signs of lead poisoning?
Many children with lead poisoning have no signs at first, which means the poisoning is not diagnosed or treated easily.

What are the health effects of lead poisoning?
Lead replaces iron and calcium and affects many parts of the body, especially the nervous system. Lead is most harmful to children under the age of six, because a child's growing body takes up the lead easily. Problems related to lead poisoning can last the child's whole life.

Is lead dangerous to a baby during pregnancy?
YES! Lead can be found in the blood and bones of pregnant women who have been exposed to lead. Miscarriage, stillbirth, early delivery and low birth weight can occur with lead poisoning. Lead can also be passed to a newborn baby through breastfeeding.

What are the sources of lead poisoning?
Lead was used in house paint until 1978. Any house built before that year could have lead paint. Chips from this paint may be ingested or ground into dust, which may be eaten or breathed in. Children can be exposed in many ways but most exposure happens when a child puts things into their mouth when playing. Lead can also be found in soil, water and certain items that come from other countries. Some items that have been recalled because they have lead are jewelry, candy, colored chalk and toys.

Should my child be tested for lead?
YES! All children on Medicaid must be tested at ages 1 and 2. Lead can come from many places and all children should be tested at least once to make sure there is no lead in the child's body. Talk with your child's doctor or you may call the Fayette County Health Department at 335-5910 and ask to speak to someone about lead.

What will happen if my child's blood test indicates an elevated lead level?
When a child's blood test shows an elevated lead level, several things may happen. The child's home will be checked by the public health lead program to find out where the poisoning is coming from. A case manager will provide education about stopping and preventing lead poisoning A group of medical staff will make sure your child gets proper care. It is important to continue to check your child's lead levels and that your home is free from lead.

What should I do for my child who has lead poisoning?
If lead is found in you home, it is best to remove your children from the home until the lead is removed. If this can't be done right away, take these actions, which can help keep lead away from you children:
-Have your children wash their hands often
-Keep places where you eat in the house clean
-Keep floors, window sills, and other surfaces free from dust and use wet cleaning methods
-Eat foods that are rich in calcium and iron

If you have questions and concerns you may call your local health department or 1-877-LEAD-SAFE.