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Join Clackamas County Public Health Division as we celebrate National Public Health Week and build bridges to better health!
The last year has been challenging for all of us. As we look toward this annual celebration, April 3 – 10, we know public health needs public support, now more than ever. During the next year as we recover from a world-wide health crisis, climate disasters and racial health inequities, we need to create connections and listen to the voices from our communities who will help us build a strong society that prioritizes health for everyone.
Public health is built from the grassroots. During the next year, we’re focusing on how we strengthen and support the very foundation of our health and our communities. By working together, we can achieve health equity and, eventually, become the healthiest nation.
We need your help to get there.
Each day of Public Health Week we will focus on a different piece of the bridge that connects us!
We hope that, each day, you’ll see how you fit into building stronger, healthier communities. And we hope you’ll join in! Public health needs the public if it’s going to be successful. This week, we continue the work. Even as we are physically distant, we know that we’re all working together, and we look forward to celebrating with you this year!
In 2013 the CDC reported that foodborne diseases cause an estimated 76 million illnesses in the U.S. each year with about half associated with restaurant meals. More than 70 billion meals per year are purchased in restaurants in the U.S., accounting for 47% of total food expenditure. Therefore, preventing restaurant-associated foodborne disease is an important task of public health departments.
Inspections done by licensed Environmental Health Specialists help protect against illness and injuries. Inspections evaluate the operations and physical settings to identify and document hazards, and require corrective action when needed.
Ever wonder how restaurants, child care centers, water quality and spas and pools are inspected? This function is one of the Clackamas County Public Health Division essential elements.
The BlueprintClackamas.com website provides relevant and meaningful information about the health status of our communities. The BlueprintClackamas.com website assists local governments and community based organizations in planning and prioritizing services based on data.
BlueprintClackamas.com provides the answers to these health related questions;
- What is the annual percentage of adults in Estacada that have an annual routine check-up? (Answer 69.8% as of 2018)
- What is the average annual amount spent on prescription and non-prescription drugs in Clackamas / Happy Valley? (Answer $637 per year, 2020)
- What is the percentage of adults with Type 2 diabetes in Canby? (Answer 9.5%, 2018)
- What is the home ownership rate in Milwaukie? (Answer 56.3%, 2015-2019)
- What is the percentage of people 65+ living below the poverty level in Wilsonville? (Answer 12%, 2015-2029
- In Gladstone 4.4%
- In Sandy 7.5%
- Jennings Lodge 19.2%
Extensive research has found the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to be a cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families — leading to healthier infants, more nutritious diets and better health care for children, and subsequently to higher academic achievement for students.
WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and social services for millions of low-income families, and it plays a crucial role in improving lifetime health for women, their infants, and young children. Part of the nation’s nutrition safety net for over 45 years, WIC now serves over 6 million pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children through their fifth birthday. For a family to participate, it must have gross income of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level (now $40,182 for a family of three) and be at nutritional risk. Eligible family members who receive OHP, TANF and/or SNAP automatically qualify for WIC benefits even if they are over income guidelines.