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School Threats Forum Held at CPU

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 22nd, 2019
A group of law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, school leaders and local and federal prosecutors gathered to talk to other community leaders, parents and students at the CPU high school.The Agencies represented at the forum included:The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, Assistant U.

A Second Measles Case Confirmed

By Virginia Gay Hospital · April 18th, 2019
Benton County Public Health Director and Virginia Gay Hospital Director of Home Health, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the public aware of an update released regarding the confirmation of measles cases in the state of Iowa.The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced a second case of measles has been confirmed in Iowa, through testing at the State Hygienic Lab.

Virginia Gay Hospital welcomes Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Torrez

By Virginia Gay Hospital · April 17th, 2019
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Torrez, D.O., MPH, is now seeing patients and performing surgeries at Virginia Gay Hospital on the third Thursday of the month. Mary Nading PA-C will be holding clinic on Friday afternoons at Virginia Gay Hospital. Appointments to see Dr. Torrez or Mary Nading PA-C can be made by contacting their office at 319-833-5922.

Measles Case Identified in Iowa

By Virginia Gay Hospital · April 16th, 2019
Benton County Public Health Director and Virginia Gay Hospital Director of Home Health, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the public aware of information recently released regarding a measles case in the state of Iowa.Over the weekend, through testing from the State Hygienic Lab, a Northeastern Iowan was confirmed to be infected with measles.

The AbbeHealth Affiliates are excited to offer a Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) in your community.Mental Health First Aid Teaches You:·Signs of addictions and mental illnesses·5-step action plan to assess a situation and help·Impact of mental and substance use disorders·Local resources and where to turn for helpWho Can Be a Mental Health First Aider?·Caring Citizens·Consumers and Family Members·Members of Faith Communities·Social Workers·Substance Abuse Professionals·Policymakers·Mental Health Authorities·Police/First Respo...

2019 Annual Health Fair Provides a Variety of Informational Booths

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 7th, 2019
Saturday found the high school gym full of 57 various booths of activities and information for the area residents to enjoy. Outside in the parking lot the Vinton Fire Department, Pink Heals, as well as a Child Carseat Check station was available among others. The local Sheriff's department had fingerprinting available for children as well as a place for the children to have their picture taken.

Training opportunity. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will host Mental Health First Aid Training on April 19 2019. The course is open to members of the public as well as all First Responders. The training is provided by the Abbe Center for Mental Health, and is being sponsored by the East Central Region.

Words on Wellness April Newsletter

By Iowa State University · March 22nd, 2019
Attached you will find your edition of the April WOW newsletter. This edition features:Benefits of Family MealtimeRecipe for Chicken BLT SaladEating OutdoorsA Game for All AgesClick to View The April Newsletter!

Nutrition Education With Seniors

By Benton County Extension · March 20th, 2019
Attached you will find the April NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter. This edition features:The Benefits of Slow CookingSpill the Beans on Pinto Beans!Staying Food Safe with Slow CookersRecipe for Southwestern Pinto Bean Soup Click to view

Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the public aware of information recently released by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) containing insight into current behaviors by the youth in our communities.The IDPH 2018 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) shows in general, underage drinking continues to decline.

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