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Proudly serving the Nebraska Panhandle Counties of:
Banner | Box Butte
Cheyenne | Dawes
Deuel | Garden | Grant
Kimball | Morrill
Scotts Bluff |Sheridan
 
Sioux

Infectious Disease Information

24/7 Contacts
Director
Kim Engel
(308)760-2415
kengel@pphd.org

 
Infectious Disease Nurse, PRMRS Coordinator
Melody Leisy

(308)279-0488
  
Emergency Response Coordinator
Tabi Prochazka
(308)760-1120

 

 

 

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8/11/17 St. Louis Encephalitis Virus Found in Mosquito Trap Site

7/17/17 Panhandle mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus

6/9/17 Age is just a number! You're never too young or too old to be your healthiest you! 

6/9/17 Prevent West Nile Viruss

6/5/17 Dental Days News Release

4/5/17 Sidney one of six communities in the nation highlighted in a recent Surgeon General’s report to promote walking and walkable communities

4/4/17 Early Testing for Colorectal Cancer Saves Lives – PPHD Offers Free Test Kit

1/23/17 Influenza activity is rapidly increasing with widespread outbreaks across the state

1/16/17 Maintain Don’t Gain holiday wellness challenge winners announced

1/2/16 Kimball County facilities go tobacco-free January 1, 2017

1/3/16 86 Million American Adults have prediabetes–You could be one of them NDPP starting in Morrill County

1/3/16 Chadron Community Hospital employees see success with lifestyle change program

1/3/16 January is National Radon Action Month

12/5/16 Gordon Memorial Health Services offers additional support for mothers returning to work

11/30/16 Sidney Deadwood Trail Signs Installed to Encourage Path Use

11/28/16 Employees commit to Maintain Don’t Gain this holiday season

10/17/16 Choose health today!  Join the lifestyle change program in Crawford

10/10/16 Rural Hemingford Breast Cancer Survivor Urges You to Get Screened

10/3/16 National Diabetes Prevention Program in Hemingford

9/26/16 Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference & Awards Luncheon slated for October 6 at the Gering Civic Center

9/7/216 St. Louis Encephalitis Virus found in Mosquito Pool

8/30/16 National Diabetes Prevention Program in Chadron

7/27/16 Panhandle Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

7/11/16 Panhandle Public Health District Open House July 21, 3-6 pm

7/11/16 Panhandle mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus

6/27/16 Tips for Choosing the Best Sunscreen and Being Sun Safe

6/27/16 92% Tobacco Check Compliance Rate in the Panhandle is a Positive for Youth

6/14/16 Dental Days 2016

6/1/16 Prevent West Nile Virus

5/27/16 PPHD Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board

5/17/16 Veteran Supply Drive

5/16/16 Happy Birthday to Nebraska Health Departments!

4/18/16 Walk @ Lunch Day – April 27

3/22/16 SIDNEY LAUNCHES ACTIVE LIVING CITY RESOLUTION

3/2/16 National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26

3/18/16 March 21-25 is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week

3/7/2016 Are we as a community doing enough to help veterans transition to civilian life?

3/7/2016 Free Webinar Series Offered on Healthy Vending

3/5/2016 March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

1/5/2016 January is National Radon Action Month

11/2/15 Farmers Markets: Fall is the perfect time to enjoy all of the fruits and veggies of the season

9/15/15 Governor's Wellness Award We are very excited to honor five of the 43 recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award at the Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 22 at the Gering Civic Center.  The following organizations from this region are being honored for developing and implementing successful workplace wellness programs:

·         Box Butte General Hospital
·         Chadron Community Hospital
·         Cirrus House
·         Educational Service Unit #13
·         Western Nebraska Community College

Click here to view the full release issued by Governor Ricketts. Click here for see the Brochure.

9/11/15 Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives

9/4/15 Farmers Markets - September

8/20/15 Active Living Summit in Sidney

8/24/15 Your Playbook for Safety and Wellness Success

8/21/15 St. Louis Encephalitis Virus found in Mosquito Pool

8/14/15 Getting Ready for the New School Year? Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco Use

8/5/15 Fresh Vegetables available at Local Farmers Markets throughout the Panhandle
List of Panhandle Farmers Markets

8/4/15 WNV Prevention Tips

WNV Prevention Tips

8/3/15 100 Percent of Businesses Pass Recent SYNAR Tobacco Compliance Checks

7/27/15 Panhandle Public Health District NDPP Program Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Model Practice Award

7/20/15 Panhandle mosquitos tests positive for West Nile Virus

7/20/15 Tips for Choosing the Best Sunscreen and Being Sun Safe

7/10/15 Panhandle Businesses Profit from Local Wellness Council

7/6/15 No Wrong Door Networking & Training comes to communities across Nebraska

6/16/15 Avoid Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases

6/1/15 Prevent West Nile Virus

5/2/15 Local National Diabetes Prevention Program First in State to Achieve Full Recognition

4/20/15 Walk @ Lunch Day – April 29: Many local businesses already signed up to participate

4/20/15 Dental Days in Sheridan County

4/20/15 Dental Days 2015

4/17/15 Two Businesses Fail Recent Compliance Checks in Kimball and Sidney

1/26/14 Area Employees Committed to Maintain Not Gain Over the Holidays. Challenge winners below: Top left Doves, top right Chadron Hospital, bottom Sidney WNCC

January The following Panhandle city/village boards have proclaimed January Radon Action Month in their community: Potter, Harrison, Hemingford, Gering, Chadron, Oshkosh, Crawford and Rushville.  Click here for a sample release.

12/15/14 Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council Enters Partnership with UNICO to Offer HR Advisory Services to Member

11/17/14 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day recognized November 22

11/17/14 Great American Smokeout November 20, 2014

11/17/14 92 Percent of Sheridan County Businesses Pass Recent Compliance Checks

11/10/14 100 Percent of Box Butte County Businesses Pass Recent Compliance Checks

10/24/14 Local Public Health and Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

10/20/14 National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 19-25

9/30/14 100 Percent of Box Butte County Businesses Pass Recent Compliance Checks

9/26/14 Healthy Families America Nebraska Panhandle Accredited for Quality Service by Prevent Child Abuse America

9/25/14 Four Panhandle businesses were honored by the Governor and Chief Medical Officer for sowing the seeds for wellness at the recent Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference in Gering. Bayard Public Schools (top left), City of Chadron (top right), Northwest Community Action Partnership(bottom left), and Sidney Regional Medical Center (bottom right)

Bayard Public Schools City of Chadron

NWCAP Sidney Regional Medical Center

9/18/14 Enterovirus D-68: Public health urges healthy habits

9/15/14 Life Matters: Working together to raise suicide awareness - Out of Darkness Walk

9/2/14 Cheyenne County Complaince Checks

8/21/14 Lifestyle change program shows success in the Panhandle:  People are losing weight and changing their lives

8/11/14 Getting Ready for the New School Year?  Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco Use

8/4/14 Breastfeeding-friendly worksites benefit new mothers, offer high return on investment for employers

7/28/14 County fairs are fun times: Avoid dangers with insect repellent and hand sanitizers provided by PPHD

7/14/14 Panhandle Public Health District featured in report to the White House and Congress

7/1/14 West Nile Virus is a concern in the Panhandle:  Residents urged to practice prevention tips

6/24/14 Employee wellness making great strides at Chadron Community Hospital

6/21/14 West Nile Virus Prevention and Surviellance

6/16/14 Dental Day

4/14/14 E-cigarettes now illegal for minors in Nebraska, hours of sale for alcohol could be increased

4/2/14 PPHD Proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

3/17/14 Many Supports Offered Locally for Eating Healthy

3/10/14 Toxic Effects: Ingestion of Cigarettes and Nicotine by Children

2/13/14 Colon Cancer Screening Encouraged for Men and Women Older than 50

2/13/14 Lifestyle change program is seeing great success in Alliance

1/13/14 January marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking

1/13/14 Area Employees Committed to Maintain Not Gain Over the Holidays

1/6/13 January is National Radon Action Month

12/30/13 Every year on January 1, Panhandle residents make resolutions

11/11/13 Step Up for the Great American Smokeout on November 21

10/7/013 Four Panhandle businesses were honored for growing the seeds for wellness

9/23/13 September is Preparedness Month

9/6/13 Artist walked out of darkness, ready to share hope, profits with community

9/3/13 A dead bird from the Box Butte County has tested positive for West Nile Virus

9/3/13 In the last three weeks, the Panhandle Public Health District has noted five confirmed cases of Whooping Cough, also known as pertussis, in the area.

8/26/13 100 Percent of Morrill County Businesses Pass Recent Compliance Checks

8/26/13 Three Sidney Businesses Fail Recent Compliance Checks

8/12/13 First human case of West Nile Virus for Panhandle Public Health District has been reported

8/5/13 92 Percent of Alliance Businesses Pass Recent Compliance Checks

8/5/13 Four Chadron Businesses Fail Recent Compliance Checks

7/29/13 I was 1 in 100 and Helped Save a Life

7/22/13 County fairs are fun times: Avoid dangers with insect repellent and hand sanitizers provided by PPHD

7/15/13 Rabies News Release

7/15/13 Area sun safety program targets pools to protect area youngsters and families

7/1/13 Panhandle mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus

6/28/13 Have a Safe and Healthy Fourth of July

6/18/13 West Nile Virus Prevention

6/6/13 Dental Days a Success

5/23/13 Local Employee Wellness Program Highlighted at Statewide Conference

5/23/13 Panhandle Co-op Recent Winner of a TrekDesk Walking Workstation

4/39/13 2013 Dental Days

4/17/13 Preventing child abuse and neglect is everyone's responsibility

4/12/13 National Walk @ Lunch Day April 24, 2013

3/4/13 Colon Cancer Awareness

3/4/13 Students Help Raise Awareness of the Health Risks of Radon

2/11/13 Smoking in Movies

1/10/13 Annual Report 2012

1/10/12 Hay Springs City Board Proclaims January as Radon Action Month

12/28/12 Rushville City Board Proclaims January as Radon Action Month

12/21/12 Influenza Illness in the Panhandle

8/29/12 As wildfires burn in Northwest Nebraska, Panhandle residents are advised to take health precautions in regards to smoke.

7/30/12 Breastfeeding-friendly worksites benefit new mothers, offer high return on investment for employers

7/19/12 Evidence based program recommended by the CDC proven to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% available in the Panhandle this fall.

7/9/12 Panhandle mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus

6/25/12 Sun Safety News Release

6/19/12 The birth of a new baby can be both a joyful and a stressful time for a family.  Healthy Families America assists parents in managing the stress of pregnancy, birth, and infant care and establishing the strong parent-child bonds and solid family foundations so critical to the growth and development of their child. 

6/15/12 Despite little rainfall mosquitoes still around

6/8/12 The recent death of a seven-year old South Dakota girl has raised questions about hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—what it is and how to avoid contracting the disease.   

6/6/12 Please see the attached news release regarding current confirmed rabies cases and prevention measures. 

5/3/12 Mother’s Day is a Time to Honor Moms Who Have Quit Smoking: And to Encourage Those Who Are Thinking About Quitting

4/2/12 PPHD’s board of directors proclaim April 2012 as Child Abuse Prevention month - Proclamation

3/20/12 March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

3/19/12 Supportive Wellness Laws Webinar

3/5/12 Students Help Raise Awareness of the Health Risks of Radon

2/13/12 February 19-25 is Through with Chew Week

1/27/12 Healthy Families American in the Panhandle

1/6/11 Employers can play an important role in helping employees meet those annual New Year’s resolutions and reap tangible rewards for it.

1/2/11 Radon Action Month

12/26/11 Every year on January 1, Panhandle residents make resolutions. Quit smoking. Lose weight. Get healthy.

 

11/14/11 Great American Smokeout

10/24/11 Pledge your home and car smoke free - it's what works.

10/11/11 Three Panhandle businesses were honored by the governor last week for high levels of participation, leadership support and behavior change in their individual agency. Photos of each recipient with Governor Dave Heineman and State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer are available at http://panhandlewwc.businesscatalyst.com/awards-luncheon.

9/12/11 Panhandle Safe Communities Designation Ceremony and Worksite Wellness and Safety Awards Luncheon and Conference

9/2/11 Panhandle mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

9/2/11 Be Prepared

8/1/11 World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7

7/18/11 Fairs adopt smoke free polocies

7/11/11 Continued rain makes for an increase in the mosquito populations

7/11/11 Local employers invited to join wellness council, reap tangible rewards

6/7/11 Indoor fitness activities suggested for those confined by heat, standing water and mosquitoes
It's Important to stay both physically and mentally fit, even when confined indoors

6/3/11 Rain brings standing water and mosquitoes

4/4/11 Dental Day 2011

3/30/11 LB197 provides protection for mothers and babies to breastfeed in any place, public or private where mothers otherwise have the right to be.

3/8/11 Just Drive Campaign

3/1/11 Five Chadron youth have won prizes for helping to get the word out about the second leading cause of lung cancer – radon.

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2/28/11 March is National Colorectal Cancer Month

2/21/11 Nonprofit leadership training offered in Alliance

2/14/11 February 20-26 is national Through with Chew Week and an excellent time to call attention to smokeless tobacco use in Nebraska and encourage users to quit. Quit kits are available by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

2/8/11 TB Update

1/21/11 A student at Chadron State College has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis disease, commonly known as TB. The student has been hospitalized and is undergoing treatment for the
disease.

1/3/10 Radon Action Month 2011

12/27/10 New Year's Resolutions

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Nutrition Information    

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Tobacco Info     

11/08/10 National Survivors of Suicide Day will hosted be in Alliance, Saturday, November 20.

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11/1/10 Lead Poisoning

10/25/10 Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award

Wellness Award

10/18/10 Red Ribbon Week October 25-29

09/27/10 Flu Vaccine Clinics

09/20/10 Out of Darkness Walk
Out of Darkness Walk
Out of Darness Walk

08/24/10 WNV positive bird in the Panhandle first in state

08/03/10 WNV-positive mosquitoes discovered in Panhandle

07/26/10 Breast feeding-friendly worksites benefit new mothers, offer high return on investment for employers
Womenand Baby

07/26/10 County fairs are fun times: Avoid dangers with insect repellent and hand sanitizer

07/19/10 Businesses may realize 3-to-1 cost savings through worksite wellness

07/19/10 Mold Recovery

08/10 They tested the new repellent clip on devices— Read it to find out if they work!! -Consumer Reports Magazine

07/14/10 Flood Disaster Recovery

07/12/10 Pool Cool

07/07/10 New Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

06/30/10 Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

06/29/10 Mai Horseshoe Tourney

Mia Horseshoe Tourney

Callen Zurn, Lori, Lennox and Kayli Mai take part in a balloon release at the Brock Mai Memorial Horseshoe Tournament Saturday in Alliance. Mai was a victim of suicide in December 2009 near Alliance.

 


 

 

06/15/10 Dental Days 2010

Dental Day at BBGH 
Dr. Vincent Rothe of UNMC College of Dentistry (standing at left) was one of the surgeons having procedures at Box Butte General Hospital during the nearly Panhandle wide Dental Days effort designed to provide dental work for children ages 4-18 who don’t have dental insurance. Also present were Anesthetist Chuck Frisch and David Luedke, as well as other assistants. Dr. Ben Lashley and Dr. Daniel Woodburn of Maple Park Dental Associates in North Platte also helped with oral surgeries at BBGH.
      

D.N. Taylor, JR., D.D.S. is shown above working one of his patients prior to the Dental Days event designed to provide dental work for children ages 4-18 who don’t have dental insurance. It was Dr. Taylor who helped start Dental Days in the Panhandle of Nebraska, along with the enthusiastic support of Dr. David Brown of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Taylor is the first to say it takes a legion of helpers, volunteers and professionals to make Dental Days the success it is each year.

 

 

Dental Day Hoithis Monica Holthus of Lisco, NE, sits with her sons Riley, 4; (at left) and Colton, 7 (at right), as they deliberate which color and pattern of hair netting was best for Riley. Showing the examples on hand is Jeanette Sartain, RN, Surgery Coordinator at Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH). Monica was having a ‘twofer” on Friday, the first day of the nearly Panhandle wide Dental Days effort designed to provide dental work for children ages 4-18 who don’t have dental insurance. Riley had surgery done at BBGH, and Colton was schedule for dental work at the Alliance clinic of D.N. Taylor, Jr., D.D.S.

06/08/10 Nonprofit Leadership Training

05/03/10 We Could be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation! By Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska’s Chief Medical Officer

04/14/10 H1N1 Vaccination Update

04/05/10 Dental Day 2010

03/29/10 Creating a Culture of Wellness “For Our Children, For Ourselves By Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer

03/15/10 Basketball tourney offers free entry to area teams

03/01/10 Businesses may realize 3-to-1 cost savings through worksite wellness

02/15/10 Radon Poster Contest Results

02/09/10 Suicide prevention and survivors task force meets to plan course of action

01/11/10 Potter-Dix and Leyton vaccination clinics rescheduled

01/08/10 Radon invades the home when temps outside most frigid

01/05/10 Sports fans encouraged to Just Move It!

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