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Celebrate National Public Health Week with Daily Presentations at RCHD


March 21, 2018 | View PDF

The Richland County Health Department will be celebrating National Public Health Week with daily presentations on public health topics from Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6.

Public Health Week is a nation-wide initiative to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our health.

On Monday, April 2, Judith LaPan, RCHD Administrator, will discuss past, current and future efforts to address emotional wellness needs in Richland County. The talk will also feature information on community resources. Stephanie Ler, Environmental Health Director, will discuss facts and myths relating to animal rabies, mandatory reporting, and Chapter 4 of the Richland County Health Code on Tuesday, April 3. On Wednesday, April 4, Heather Luinstra, Environmental Health Specialist, will present current and proposed community projects from the Trails and Parks subcommittee.

Thursday, April 5 features a presentation from Don Smies, DUI Taskforce and Injury Prevention Specialist, followed by a celebration of Russell Glaeske, recipient of the 2018 Friend of Public Health Award. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

Ashley VandeBossche, Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist will close out Public Health Week with a presentation of the worksite wellness program initiative, including successes and opportunities for local businesses to take part in improving employee health.

All presentations will take place in Conference Room 202 of the Richland County Health Department, located at 1201 West Holly, in Sidney. Presentations begin at noon. For more information, visit the Health Department Facebook page at, or call 406-433-2207.


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