Health Priorities Addressed in Newly Released Eaton County Community Health Improvement Plan

Community organizations within Eaton County today released a work plan that will guide efforts to improve the health of Eaton County residents over the next two years.

The 2016-2018 Eaton County Community Health Improvement Plan describes the actions that a variety of organizations, including hospital and health care partners, community coalitions, and county agencies, are taking to improve health in five priority areas: Access to Primary Care Providers, Mental Health, Financial Stability, Access to Quality Health Care, and Chronic Disease.

The plan is a follow-up to the 2015 Healthy! Capital Counties Community Health Needs Assessment, which was an in-depth measure of various aspects of health within the Capital area.

Contributors to the work plan include the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Capital Area Health Alliance, Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties, Eaton Oral Health Coalition, Eaton Rapids Health Alliance, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Grand Ledge Building Healthy Communities Coalition, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, McLaren Greater Lansing, and Sparrow Hospital.

"Instead of working independently of each other, it makes more sense to work together so that we do not duplicate efforts and can have the greatest impact," said Susan Peters, Health Analyst with the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. "The Community Health Improvement Plan really highlights local efforts that are happening to improve the health of those who work, live, and play in Eaton County."

Throughout the next two years, progress towards achieving the goals listed in the improvement plan will be measured and reported on the health department's website. In addition, new contributions to the work plan from additional community organizations are welcomed and will be incorporated into future updates of the plan.

The public is encouraged to read the report online at and provide feedback via an online survey at

"We would encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the health improvement process to become involved with one of our local coalitions; they are driving a lot of the exciting improvements in Eaton County," said Peters. A list of local coalitions is available at

For more information on the Healthy! Capital Counties project, please visit

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on March 28th 2017. - Article Permalink

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

March is here, and that means it's time for Kindergarten Round Ups! Families who think they will enroll their children for school in the fall are encouraged to attend. An important part of preparing for kindergarten is making sure kids are up to date on their immunizations. The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) wants to make sure that every child is protected before entering school in the fall.

"Immunization is the single most important way parents can protect their children from serious disease," said Jackie Anderson, RN, BEDHD's Immunization Coordinator. If your child has not yet received all of the immunizations required for school entry, don't wait! Take action now to get them protected before school begins. Make an appointment with your child's doctor, or call the health department's immunization clinic at 517-541-2630 in Eaton County or 269-798-4133 in Barry County. If you are not sure if your child is up to date, please contact their doctor or the BEDHD immunization clinic to review their records.

A child who is fully immunized and ready to start Kindergarten in the fall will have had these vaccinations:

  • 4 doses of DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • 4 doses of Polio
  • 2 doses of Chickenpox (Varicella)

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on March 14th 2017. - Article Permalink

ERMC to hold blood drive

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Monday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Main Conference Room of ERMC. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Donating one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent and weigh 110 pounds or more. Donors are also asked to bring identification and know the names of medications they are taking.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit, sponsor code ERMC. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Article posted on March 10th 2017. - Article Permalink

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