Each month, the health department publishes a column in the Mount Vernon News called "This is Public Health." The column is written by a different staff member every month. and usually appears on the third Wednesday of the month. It is our hope that “This is Public Health” will provide you with a better understanding about public health concerns as well as provide insight into how your health department operates and what types of programs are offered and why. Below are the columns that have appeared so far. The topic and the author are listed for each month.

January 2013 - Radon Awareness, Mike Whitaker 

February 2013 - Dental Health, Dr. James Rubin, DDS


January 2012 - This is Public Health, Health Commissioner Julie Miller 

February 2012: Rabies Prevention, Terri Hillier, R.S. 

March 2012: Healthy Eating, Tami Ruhl, R.D., L.D. 

April 2012: Recycling, Mike Whitaker, Health Educator 

May 2012: Mosquito Prevention, Nate Overholt, R.S., Dir. of Environmental Health 

June 2012: Summer Food Safety, Suzanne Dapprich, R.S. 

July 2012: Sun Safety, Jackie Fletcher, RN., Dir., of Nursing 

Aug. 2012: Benefits of Breastfeeding, Heidi Myers, Peer Helper 

Sept. 2012: Home Health, Glenn Barteau, R.N., Dir., Home Health 

Oct. 2012: Practicing Prevention: Pam Palm, Dir., Health Promotions 

Nov. 2012: Pre-Diabeties, Dr. Deborah Cowden 

Dec. 2012: Distracted Driving, JoAnn Kerr, health educator   



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