Volume 6 | January 20, 2020
Winter 2020 Newsletter
Our mission is to improve, protect and promote the public health, well-being and environment of the communities in Sandusky County.
Prevent. Promote. Protect.

This year Sandusky County Public Health celebrated 130 years of providing exceptional services and programs for the residents of Sandusky County. These services and programs may have changed or look different over the past 130 years, but the core public health values remain the same by protecting, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of all people. 2019 has been a year of change, challenges, and learning for Sandusky County Public Health. 

We strive to keep up with changing trends and needs within public health for our community. Public health professionals often perform their duties so well that accomplishments are often invisible to the community. One change this year was adding public health to our name to clarify who we are and our role in the community.  Rebranding our logo and name allows us to stand out and have consistency when disseminating education and public messages that will be easily recognized as the public health department.

We appreciate all the community support that was given to the Public Health Department this year. Our renewal levy was on the ballot in November to secure funding to keep essential public health programs and services going within the community. Community partners, staff, and Board of Health members worked very hard on our levy efforts and were successful in passing the levy by 67%. We are thankful to everyone that help us in this effort and the residents of Sandusky County for your support.

By continuing to provide and improve our services, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible. By embracing the concepts of collective impact and working together, we continue on the path of making our community healthy and safe for all our residents. 
Community Health Assessment Release
Sandusky County Health Partners will release the results of the 2019-2020 Community Health Status Assessment on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Terra Community College, Neeley Conference Center, 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont OH.

During the past seven months, Sandusky County Health Partners, in conjunction with Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, has conducted a health assessment of Sandusky County. This assessment, a customized version of standardized CDC surveys (BRFSS/YRBS), along with other data sources, compares the health status of Sandusky County with that of our region, state, and nation. This information will allow community agencies and special interest groups to write better grants, identify and establish directed plans based on need, and address unmet, previously unknown existing needs within the county.
Sandusky County Public Health awarded $1.5M federal grant for substance abuse prevention
Sandusky County Public Health was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success Initiative (SPF-PFS). As part of the award, four community-based substance abuse prevention coalitions in Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Huron counties will be funded.

According to the SAMHSA website, the grants are awarded at the community level to increase substance abuse prevention capacity and infrastructure while reducing substance abuse progression. 
Winter Is Here
Winter is here, and we know conditions can go from mild to frigid quickly here in Ohio! Here are 3 ways to prepare your health for winter weather:

1. Take inventory of the things you need to maintain and protect your health in an emergency – things like nonperishable food, water, and medications to last at least three days. Beyond the basics, your emergency supply kit should be customized to the personal health and healthcare needs of you and your family. Get started here: https://www.ready.gov/kit

2. Power up – fully charge your devices, medical equipment, and back-up batteries if you know that heavy snow or ice accumulation is forecast. Extended power outages in winter can be life threatening.

3. Layer on the clothes when going out into cold temperatures – leave no skin exposed! Bundle up with a hat, scarf, mittens, and a water-resistant coat and boots. Your body can lose heat even when you’re properly dressed, so it’s best to limit your time outdoors – otherwise, you are risking problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

Stay safe and healthy this winter – plan ahead and practice personal health preparedness!
Employee Spotlight
Bryleigh Wolf
Director of Support Services

After graduating from Fremont Ross in 2008, Bryleigh went on to study Business Administration at Tiffin University, earning her MBA with a concentration in leadership in 2017. Bryleigh recently got married to her husband Collin and plans on taking a honeymoon to Lake Tahoe later this year. Bryleigh resides in Fremont with her husband, daughter Peightyn, and dog Casper.

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, skiing, and reading
What is your favorite childhood movie? Home Alone!

What is a food that you hate? Cottage Cheese

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to go Maine; I don’t eat seafood but would love to go lobster fishing!
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