District Health Department 4

Serving Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency
and Presque Isle counties.



Welcome to the website of District Health Department #4.

A message from Dr Josh Meyerson.......
District Health Department #4 is a partner in a regional community health assessment underway in Alpena, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties with funding from the Northern Health Plan.
The confidential, anonymous What Matters to You? Survey is an important feature of the community health assessment. Please take a few moments to complete the survey at:
Your participation in the survey is important! Survey results will be one factor in determining community health priorities for the region. for the next three years. During the last round of community health assessment, in 2012, obesity/chronic disease prevention, access to care, and substance use were the top-ranked priorities. Health Departments and hospitals across the region have secured millions of dollars in grants to address these issues.
Please share the link with your family and friends who live in Northern Michigan--the more responses we get, the better.

District Health Department #4 is aware that there is a virus going around and is working diligently to rectify Health Care Provider reporting issues.

According to Public Health Code, doctors who diagnose cases of meningitis, or any communicable disease, are required to report, within 24 hours, those findings to the Michigan Department of Community Health or their local health department.  When reports are not completed, the health department cannot confirm or deny any communicable disease cases.

There have been patients presenting symptoms similar to meningitis, such as severe headaches, fever and respiratory issues, but those are often associated with other viruses such as the Enterovirus.  Some groups of Enterovirus may cause viral meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis. It is less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people usually get better on their own (without treatment).

Neither the Enterovirus or Viral Meningitis are life threatening, but steps can be taken to avoid contracting those and other diseases. Washing hands often and especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers or working with food is one of the most important things to do.

Michigan Emerging Disease Issues.
Information for Michigan's public and Healthcare providers regarding Ebola virus investigation, prevention and control.