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District Health Department #10 is the largest geographic health department in Michigan, serving ten counties including Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford. Established in 1997 after a consolidation of four health departments, our mission is to promote and enhance the health of our communities and environment through protection, prevention, and intervention.


Message from the Health Officer


Kevin Hughes, DHD #10 Health Officer

“Public health as a whole strives to protect and improve the health of families and communities by promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles, conducting research, and through the detection and control of infectious diseases (CDC Foundation.) As your local health department, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is dedicated to supporting communities through population-based efforts to achieve better health outcomes and wellbeing for all.

The leadership and staff of DHD#10 remain steadfast in our commitment to our mission and values as well as creating “Healthy People, Healthy Communities.”

Public Health Matters

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month
Posted on Friday May 12, 2017

As national healthcare costs increase, many employers are looking to reduce healthcare costs and increase their bottom-line. In many instances, healthcare costs are linked to chronic disease and obesity related diseases. Nationwide, obesity related healthcare claims account for $147 billion (and rising) dollars of our healthcare costs. This amount does not include the amount of dollars... Read More


Food Safety Month
Posted on Friday May 12, 2017

Let’s face it…most of us love to eat, but no one wants to get sick from it.  There is always a risk of getting a foodborne illness whether you’re eating at home or in a restaurant. What foods are most associated with foodborne illness? Raw or undercooked foods such as raw or rare meat and... Read More


National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 14-20)
Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017

Alcohol, Drugs and Childbirth do not go together. Yet, in the U.S., 20% (about 1 million) of pregnant women smoke cigarettes; another 18% (about 750,000) drink alcohol during pregnancy; and another 6% (225,000) use an illicit drug at least once while carrying a child to term.  Starting each year on Mother’s Day, Alcohol- and Other... Read More


National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.  Here are just a few national statistics to get you thinking: There were 22.3 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2015. The teen birth rate is at a historic low, but the United States still has one of the highest rates in the industrialized world.... Read More


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Posted on Monday April 24, 2017

This year, April 29th is recognized as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. District Health Department #10 encourages everyone to take action by disposing your unused medications all week long, leading up to the national event. Properly disposing excess medications helps protect the public safety and health of your community in the following ways: Reducing the... Read More


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