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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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The Great American Smokeout is November 19th. 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. Start on November 19th. 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 November 19th, 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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10/29/2015 - PA HAN 319: FDA Alert and CDC Practical Guidance about NTM Infections
CDC has identified a need for increased vigilance for NTM infections. FDA recently issued a Safety Communication on Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices addressing proper use and maintenance of these devices. Read on
10/15/2015 - Montco Takes Pro-Active Steps in Battle against Heroin and Other Opioid Use
At the Montgomery County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Val Arkoosh, who is also the interim medical director of the county health department, announced that she has issued a countywide standing order for naloxone, also known as narcan. Read on
07/24/15 Adult Mosquito Spraying in Selected Areas of Cheltenham Township
Due to mechanical difficulties, the spray scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Cheltenham Township was postponed and will be conducted on Monday, July 27, 2015 from approximately 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Read on...