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Message from the Interim Director of Health
It is the Mission of the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) to provide public health services and foster collaborative actions that empower our community to improve its health and safety. Our Vision is to optimize the health and wellness of individuals and families through innovative practices. MCHD takes great pride in being ranked #1 in Health Factors and #6 in Health Outcomes in state of Pennsylvania by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In December 2011, MCHD became Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) certified and was recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for the ability to respond to public health emergencies.

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Tobacco use is still the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. MCHD urges all smokers, vapers and chewers to look at this day as a chance to “Quit for a Day, Quit for Life.” We know it isn’t easy. We know it can take repeated attempts. That’s ok --- take it one day at a time. There are people and resources ready to help you.

While you plan your quit day here are recommended tips: Tell a friend you will be quitting on particular date, tell them why, and ask for their support. Stock up on gum, lollipops or toothpicks to use as oral replacements. Think about how to include exercise in your day -- it will help you feel better and reduce stress. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Click here for a complete guide to quitting.

GOOD LUCK!! Your body will thank you.

For Your Health
Monthly news articles written by Health Department staff on the latest topics in public health.

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2/1/16 - PA Health Alert 327: Partner Services for STD/HIV Patients;
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing the following information to remind health care providers of the importance of partner services as a valuable strategy in the prevention of HIV and other STDs. Read on
2/1/16 - CDC Health Advisory 387: Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Read on
1/29/16 - PA Health Alert 326: Zika Virus Updates
During the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two important guidance documents related to management and diagnosis of pregnant women and infants with possible Zika virus infection. Read on