Children's Health and Childhood Screenings

 

 

  Healthy lifestyles, screenings, preventative care and a healthy environment are all key factors to the growth and development of our youth in Macomb County.  The Macomb County Health Department is committed to promoting and supporting children's health and well-being.  This scorecard highlights just a few of the programs the Macomb County Health Department delivers to help keep children healthy.  

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The Hearing and Vision Program provides free hearing and vision screening, referrals and follow-up for preschool (ages 3-5 years) and school age children.

The Macomb County Health Department Hearing and Vision Program is conducting FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings for incoming Kindergarteners at various locations and dates from August to September. If your child has not been screened in preschool, please call (586) 412-5945 for an appointment and screening locations. SCREENINGS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Take advantage of this free service now, so your child will be prepared for entrance into Kindergarten prior to the first day of school, as mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 or 1978).

Call the program staff at (586) 412-5945 or E-mail us now! for more information.

Who We Serve

Preschool and school age children in Macomb County.

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The Hearing and Vision Program provides free hearing and vision screening, referrals and follow-up for preschool (ages 3-5 years) and school age children.

The Macomb County Health Department Hearing and Vision Program is conducting FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings for incoming Kindergarteners at various locations and dates from August to September. If your child has not been screened in preschool, please call (586) 412-5945 for an appointment and screening locations. SCREENINGS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Take advantage of this free service now, so your child will be prepared for entrance into Kindergarten prior to the first day of school, as mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 or 1978).

Call the program staff at (586) 412-5945 or E-mail us now! for more information.

Who We Serve

School age programs are delivered in Macomb County schools (Kindergarten - high school).

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The Hearing and Vision Program provides free hearing and vision screening, referrals and follow-up for preschool (ages 3-5 years) and school age children.

The Macomb County Health Department Hearing and Vision Program is conducting FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings for incoming Kindergarteners at various locations and dates from August to September. If your child has not been screened in preschool, please call (586) 412-5945 for an appointment and screening locations. SCREENINGS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Take advantage of this free service now, so your child will be prepared for entrance into Kindergarten prior to the first day of school, as mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 or 1978).

Call the program staff at (586) 412-5945 or E-mail us now! for more information.

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Preschool vision services are provided to children prior to Kindergarten entry.

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The Hearing and Vision Program provides free hearing and vision screening, referrals and follow-up for preschool (ages 3-5 years) and school age children.

The Macomb County Health Department Hearing and Vision Program is conducting FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings for incoming Kindergarteners at various locations and dates from August to September. If your child has not been screened in preschool, please call (586) 412-5945 for an appointment and screening locations. SCREENINGS ARE DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Take advantage of this free service now, so your child will be prepared for entrance into Kindergarten prior to the first day of school, as mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 or 1978).

Call the program staff at (586) 412-5945 or E-mail us now! for more information.

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School age programs are delivered in Macomb County schools (Kindergarten - high school).

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The Macomb County Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program reaches out to over 2300 clients with over 2700 different diagnoses from birth to 21 years of age. This includes clients over the age of 21 with Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia and related coagulation disorders. The program offers a variety of services to clients and families with qualifying diagnosis and children and youth with special health care needs. These services may include assistance with the application process, medical bills, and transportation costs; health care coordination which can include working with your Health Plan, covering co-pays and deductibles; and assisting your family with access to community resources and services.

For questions about program eligibility and information, please call (586) 466-6855.

Who We Serve

CSHCS covers more than 2,000 diagnoses.

Some examples are:

  • Anemia - Sickle Cell
  • Birth Defects/Cleft Lip/Palate/Spina Bifida
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis, other Lung conditions
  • Diabetes/Insulin Dependent
  • Epilepsy, other Neurological conditions
  • Eye/Hearing conditions
  • Heart conditions
  • Hemophilia
  • Limb Deformity and Amputations
  • Liver/Kidney conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy/Paralysis
  • Orthopedic conditions
How We Impact

We assist with the CSHCS application process, medical bills, transportation costs, health care coordination, and finding community resources and services.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children under 14 years of age. More than 1300 children are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year. Many injuries can be prevented or minimized, particularly in children under 4'9" tall, by correctly using an appropriate car or booster seat in vehicles. Research through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demonstrated that car seats can reduce the risk of injury by 71% in children under 1 year of age and by 54% in children 1-4 years of age. Booster seats reduce injury risk in 4-8 year olds by 45%.

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Did you know that injuries from motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children? (CDC 2006) Most of the injuries could be prevented by using age and size appropriate car seats. Using age and size appropriate car seats can reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers (ages 1 to 4). When a child grows out of a traditional "harness" car seat, using a booster seat (approximate ages 4 to 7) can reduce the risk of injury by 59% compared to using a seatbelt alone (NHTSA 2006).

Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly. Some common mistakes associated with car seat use are:

  • Not securing the car seat tightly to the vehicle (it should move less than one inch)
  • Not securing the child in the car seat correctly (harnesses should be snug to the child)
  • Not using a booster seat when a child out grows his/her car seat

The Macomb County Health Department offers free car seat inspections year-round. Inspections are done on an appointment basis only, Monday through Friday. There are four Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff to answer your questions or inspect your car seats. To schedule an appointment or for more information on child passenger safety, please call (586) 412-3394 or email us now.

Who We Serve

There are no residency restrictions when requesting a car seat inspection from MCHD technicians.

How We Impact

We provide education on car seats and booster seats through car seat inspections and community presentations. Parents or caregivers are expected to actively participate in the car seat inspection process to learn how to best install their car seat and harness their child in the seat.

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