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The Washtenaw County Health Department is engaged in a number of community efforts to help folks feel safe, healthy, and supported. The campaigns below provide information about what health looks like in our community, and ways you can be proactive.

wish you knew#wishyouknew Mental Health Campaign

The Washtenaw County Health Department has teamed up with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health to address community concerns around youth mental health and reduce stigma. Driven by community conversations, this campaign aims to spark honest and supportive conversations about mental health between youth and adults, and to spread hope that if we can share our truth with trusted people in our life, we can begin to heal.

The campaign is funded by the Washtenaw County Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage. Follow on Instagram @wishyouknewwashtenaw or at their website.

healthWhat Does Health Look Like in Washtenaw County?

The Washtenaw County Health Department has launched a new website with interactive data on hundreds of factors related to community health. The Health for All Washtenaw website, offers information, stories, and action items on what impacts our health—think of it as an online health record for all of Washtenaw County.

On the new website, you can find data at the county, city, zip code, or even census tract level related to health, economics, education, environment, transportation, and more. The data is displayed in interactive dashboards, charts, graphs, and maps. Data is compared to previous years, as well as to state and national averages. You can easily create your own dashboard or report with the data that interests you.

Health for All Washtenaw also provides stories to put faces to the data. Plus, there is a directory of promising practices, funding opportunities, and local resources to help users take action.

Explore the Health for All site today to see what health looks like in your neighborhood.

kid doctorPrevent Flu: Get a Flu Shot and Wash Your Hands

Winter means flu season. The Washtenaw County Health Department urges everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against the flu. We don’t know how bad the season will be, but we know vaccination, good handwashing, covering your cough, and staying away from others when sick can prevent the spread of flu.

Flu is a contagious illness that can be spread person to person through droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks.

Symptoms of the flu include coughing, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, fever, and chills. The flu can affect anyone, but older adults, children, and individuals with chronic health conditions are at greater risk for complications.

Vaccination can protect you against severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to flu. Getting vaccinated also protects the people around you, who may be more likely to get seriously ill from flu. Get vaccinated at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, or call the Health Department at 734-544-6700. See Washtenaw County’s Health Department flu site for updates.