CHICAGO – Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC and FDA. While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution. Follow this link for the full story and product information.
Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Click the link at the end of the story for the original notice and a list of products.
Hillsboro, MO (August 2018) -- Residents of Jefferson County will have a new, convenient option to address their mental health needs starting in September. Jefferson County Health Department has chosen to partner with Provident to offer services at their High Ridge and Hillsboro offices as well as through their Mobile Wellness Van. The partnership is funded by the Jefferson Foundation.
An assessment conducted by the Foundation in 2015 found that 59% of area providers identified mental health and psychiatric services for children as either a “high” or “crisis-level” priority. The 2018 County Health Rankings report that Jefferson has a ratio of 1,310 residents for every one mental health provider, which is over double the state-wide rate and more than triple the rate in neighboring St. Louis County.
“Our 2017 Community Health Assessment found 28% of county respondents self-identify as struggling with depression or anxiety. Individuals struggling with serious mental illness are at higher risk for homicide, suicide, and accidents as well as chronic conditions including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and substance use disorders. Mental and physical
health are intertwined.” said Kelley Vollmar, Director of Jefferson County Health Department. “Partnering with Provident has allowed us to offer a more holistic care model for our clients by bringing the services they need to the convenient sites they already use.” Most private insurance is accepted and a sliding fee scale based on financial need keeps appointments affordable.
The 2017 Jefferson County Behavioral Health Profile found, “In Eastern (excluding St. Louis) Missouri, 17.3% of those 18 and older had a mental illness in the past year; 6.7% of those ages 18+ had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; and county students in 6th-12th grades reported 13.7% had considered suicide in the last year, 9.1% made a plan, and 1.2% actually attempted, resulting in an injury. In 2014, 48 Jefferson County residents died by suicide.”
“Provident has been serving the St. Louis region for nearly 160 years. We are excited to be working with the Jefferson County Health Department to provide excellent, expanded care to people throughout their area,” said Kevin Drollinger, Executive Director of Provident.
About therapist Lisa Krystosek, JD, MHA, LPC
Lisa Krystosek, JK, MHA, LPC, has been selected as the first therapist for this program. She is currently a counselor with Provident’s Life Crisis Services team, has a private practice in Clayton, MO, and works with an equine-assisted psychotherapy program in Jefferson County. She is a licensed attorney in Missouri and a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been working with therapy clients in Jefferson County since 2015 and is looking forward to expanding her involvement with the community. Residents can schedule an appointment by calling Provident’s toll-free number at 1-800-782-1008 or Lisa at 314-657-7224.
Since two collections of adult mosquitoes who tested positive for West Nile Virus back in June, we are taking several actions to address the issue.
With the Jefferson County Fair this weekend in Hillsboro, we sprayed the fairgrounds on Wednesday evening, in addition to our normal spray schedule, to reduce the mosquito population for the weekend festivities.
Click this link for the story and for more info about our vector program.