HEALTH PROMOTION DISEASE PREVENTION


Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP)

Program Activities:

Serving as the Local Coordinating Agency for an expansive 8-county region, the dedicated staff of this program work to assist women without insurance, so that they may receive life–saving mammogram screenings and Pap tests.

Program staff also manages the complex Medicaid application and case management process for women diagnosed with a breast or cervical cancer and who qualify for BCCCP services.

The program continued its vital collaboration with the Pink Saturdays initiative which provides free mammograms to low-income women without insurance coverage. BCCCP staff coordinates the important follow-up care for women with abnormal Pink Saturdays mammogram results.

During this year, the BCCCP Coordinator contributed to two successful Federal Site visits. One visit evaluated the annual BCCCP Clinical Performance Evaluation process and the second, evaluated the Pink Saturdays project and its innovative design in recruiting women and providing breast cancer screening services.

Program Accomplishments:

Working with over 100 medical providers to deliver mammogram screenings and Pap tests, over 2,500 low-income women were served in 2011.

Nearly 100 women with a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis were successfully able to access Medicaid through BCCCP in 2011.

BCCCP staff coordinated the vital follow up care for 129 women experiencing abnormal mammograms in the Pink Saturdays initiative.

The Center for Health Equity (CHE)

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) supports the Health & Community Services Department (HCS) in reflecting equity in all existing services and programs. The CHE is responsible for building internal and external (community) capacity to improve health equity. It does so by addressing existing barriers and by applying the principles of equity.  

At the heart of health equity is the systemic framework that shines a light on equity, disparities and inequities. The CHE is structured to evaluate, examine and purposefully approach the root causes to many health inequities.

Center Accomplishments and Collaborations:

  • Center staff implemented the Inaugural Spirit of Health Equity Breakfast in August, 2011. This unique event was generously funded by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and brought together major community and clergy leaders to tackle the health inequities faced by community residents. Participants were supported in taking steps towards creating lay health ministries within their congregations to assist their parishioners.


  • Center staff facilitated the event “Sistah’s Can We Talk?” which brought together 300 local women of the community, to raise awareness and tackle chronic illnesses faced by women including obesity, infant mortality and cardiovascular disease.

Community-Academic partnerships with the Center were also initiated and strengthened in 2011 including:

  • University of Wisconsin and University of Maryland: Health Equity Leadership Institute Participation by Coordinator of the Center, Ms. Karika A. Phillips, MA


  • Kalamazoo College and the ARCUS Center for Social Justice funding application for 23 million was received as a result of a collaborative effort between Center and Kalamazoo College staff with the interview and leadership process at the ARCUS Foundation lead office in New York.

DENTAL CLINIC

The mission of Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Dental Clinic is to improve the dental health of Kalamazoo County citizens through quality treatment and prevention services.

The Dental Clinic strives to serve the uninsured and Medicaid recipient population in an atmosphere of courtesy and respect for the diversity of our community. Service delivery is enhanced through continuing education goals keeping staff abreast of the most current dental research and techniques.

Dental Clinic Activities:  

The dental staff provides their high quality treatment and prevention services to county residents in a traditional “fixed” clinical setting at the Health and Community Services building on a daily basis. Furthermore, services are also provided in the innovative Smiles to Go Mobile Dental Program in diverse community settings.

Program Goals:

  • Prevent and control oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, injuries, and improve access to preventive services and dental care.


  • Improve integration of dental programs with other services. In order to increase access to oral health services in low income populations it is important to find innovative ways that can include collaborative efforts.

Fixed Clinic:

These services are provided in a “Fee for Service” setting, in which a sliding fee scale is offered to reduce the burden of cost for the uninsured.

During 2011, the clinic was able to provide 6175 dental service procedures for child and adult residents of Kalamazoo County.

Mobile Smiles to Go Program:

Emphasizing community-based oral health education and dental preventive and restorative services, this program targets low-income preschool children enrolled in the Head Start program and school-aged student in grades 1st through 12th.

During 2011, the mobile program visited 16 public schools, 12 Head Start classrooms to serve 562 head start students and also provided badly needed services for residents of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.

During 2011 the Mobile program was able to provide 2481 dental service procedures in a community based setting.

The mobile nature of this program has allowed successful community outreach and educational programs to be offered throughout Kalamazoo County. In 2011, the following community based events were attended:

Project Connect with Kalamazoo Poverty Reduction Initiative: a semi-annual event that connects individuals & families in need to free on-site community services and dental screening and referrals by our staff.

Douglass Community Center Health Fairs here oral cancer screening and cleanings were offered to participants without insurance.

Educational activities were offered at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Veterans Stand Down & Senior Expo Events, and in the Mothers of Hope the Ultimate Family Reunion Event.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Program Activities:

Knowing that disasters can happen at any time and severe weather, accidents and/or hazardous materials have the potential to harm almost any home, school, or business, the Emergency Preparedness Program(EPP) is here to assist residents and businesses of Kalamazoo County.

In preparing for a potential natural disaster, terrorist attack or disease epidemic, the program also maintains comprehensive plans for countywide emergency and disaster response as it relates to public health issues.

Program staff closely collaborates and proactively plans at the local, state and federal level to ensure optimal levels of preparedness for Kalamazoo County residents. In doing so, they focus on the following areas for program activity:

Preparedness Planning and Readiness Assessment activities in which staff assesses and establishes local readiness in the event of a countywide disaster situation.

Surveillance and Epidemiology Capacity is planned for and ensured with a highly functioning, mandatory reportable disease surveillance system, which is supported by a comprehensive and exercised epidemiologic response plan. This capacity would be critical for successful response to any potential terrorist event and/or infectious disease outbreak or other public health threats and emergencies.

Communications and Information Technology is optimized to ensure effective communication connectivity in the event of an emergency event, among public health departments, healthcare organizations, law enforcement organizations, public officials, and others.

Communicating Health Risks and Health Information Dissemination is conducted by program staff in an effort to provide needed health/risk information to the public and key partners. Crisis and emergency at-risk communication planning is conducted to ensure removal of communication barriers likely in response to a public health emergency response.

Education and Training is provided to key public health professionals, infectious disease specialists, emergency department personnel, and other healthcare providers in preparedness for and response to a public health emergency.

EPIDEMIOLOGY

Monitors and analyzes community health data (including communicable disease, chronic disease, maternal and child health, risk behaviors, and socioeconomic characteristics).

Conducts surveillance of the local health status for Kalamazoo County and provides this information in reports that are accessible to the community. Investigates potential health threats including foodborne outbreaks and other clusters of disease.

Maintains the Health Surveillance Data Book for Kalamazoo County

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Analysis completed (from survey conducted in 2009-2010); results have been used throughout the year internally and externally for needs assessments, educational presentations, and planning.

April STD Summit presentation of 2010 STD statistics and trends was presented at Bronson’s pediatrics meeting to reach additional providers in 2011.

A collaborative investigation of the birth defect, Gastroschisis was conducted by staff of Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services, Bronson Methodist Hospital and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Research findings were formally presented at the annual Premier Public Health Conference, 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

VISION & HEARING

I am so grateful for this service! We wouldn’t have known that our son was having difficulties hearing if it wasn’t discovered during your screenings. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!!!

     Parent of an elementary school-aged student, screened in 2011

“The vision screening test allowed us to find out that our daughter needed glasses, which allowed for better learning in the classroom.”

     Parent of a middle school-aged student, screened in 2011

Program Activities:

  • The Vision and Hearing technicians of this program provide vision and hearing screenings at no cost to children ages 3 to 18.

  • These important screenings allow for early detection and successful intervention of possible vision and/or hearing impairments impacting students and their classroom performance.

  • Screenings are provided at community schools, preschools, Head Start classrooms, day care centers and within in-house clinics.

  • By state law, all children entering kindergarten, must be screened for vision problems pre- enrollment and once in school, will receive further screening in grades 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th.

  • Children in grades kindergarten, 2nd and 4th also receive hearing screenings.

Program Accomplishments:

  •  In 2011, program staff successfully screened 626 local children for hearing and 623 for vision.

  • The program continued to build upon its coordination with Head Start parents and staff to maximize on-time vision and hearing screenings to ensure early detection.

  • Four additional preschool/day care centers were added to our list of screening sites to maximize our efforts to reach all children.

  • This year also saw the continued coordination with the Community in Schools program of Kalamazoo Public Schools, to help our more vulnerable students receive vital follow-up care after a vision screening referral.