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* City Council approves Health Department Request for $1.25M in new funding * City forms first ever Interagency Lead Poisoning Prevention Task Force * Number of Detroit children with elevated blood lead levels down 88% over past 20 years
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Training program an example of the new Detroit at Work initiative announced by Mayor Duggan during his State of the City address DMC, Henry Ford Health System & St. John Providence partnered with the city to develop a new healthcare industry training program Focus: HOPE and Oakland University School of Nursing Continuing Education selected to provide training to 240 residents over 12 months
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Website details preventive measures in place, provides links to information & resources Cases of elevated blood lead levels in children in Detroit down 50% since 2009
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Mayor Mike Duggan announced today the appointment of Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun as Executive Director and Health Officer of the Detroit Health Department.
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Over 1 Million in Grants Awarded to The Detroit Health Department
Funds to Support Early Childhood, Asthma, Environmental Health Programs and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
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· 86 of 94 school buildings have received Certificates of Compliance · Water in all DPSCD school buildings has been screened and meets Detroit Health Dept. and EPA standards for lead safety. · 8 schools to undergo required roof and other repairs starting this fall
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Over the past four months, the Detroit Health Department (DHD) has stepped up its efforts to address lead exposure in Detroit as part of the Lead Safe Detroit, an initiative that aims to prevent lead exposure, provides services to children exposed to lead, and facilitates the reduction of environmental hazards in the home. 
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Under the direction of the Detroit Health Department, Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC) has made substantial progress. New Director Melissa Miller has overseen a 29% reduction in the number of dog bites in Detroit and increased the live release rate by nearly three times. Last month, it was announced that DACC will relocate its shelter operations into the former Michigan Humane Society (MHS) campus. In addition, the division will launch expanded hours of service to better serve the public.
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The City of Detroit Health Department is urging all Detroit Public Schools, charter schools and early childhood facilities – such as day cares, preschools and Head Starts – to test their drinking water for the presence of lead. The move is in line with national best practices and recent recommendations of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is generously supporting this effort with a $135,000 grant.
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The Detroit Health Department says there is no need for City residents to become overly concerned about the widely reported Zika virus, as it is very unlikely to spread to Detroit. The breed of mosquito responsible for carrying the virus does not live in Michigan.
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