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Spotlight on public health for national awareness week

| April 4, 2022

DOVER (WJER) (April 4, 2022) – Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are highlighting some of the ways they look out for the community during National Public Health Week.

Director of Health Promotions and Community Relations Jennifer Demuth says this year’s theme is “Public Health is Where You Are,” which is fitting because their work touches more aspects of people’s daily lives that they might not realize.

“To make sure your food is safe, your water is safe; and we’re making sure that vaccines get out there, back-to-school vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines for those who choose to get them. We’re really working behind the scenes to keep our community safe and healthy in many ways.”

Demuth says the county health department does more than just protect residents from disease and environmental threats. It also oversees the local traffic safety coalition known as Safe Communities; administers a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children; and provides new car seats and more to income-eligible families.

“Additionally, we provide safety equipment for families with children from birth up to age 3 such as baby gates and plug covers and carbon monoxide detectors for the home, and even strollers and cribs for kids, so all that type of safety equipment to really make sure our families are safe.”

For more information on those services and others available through the Tuscarawas County Health Department, visit tchdnow.org or call 330-343-5555.

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