Free Skin Cancer Screening

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As part of a national public service program, a Penn Medicine Princeton Health board certified dermatologist will perform full-body skin examinations by appointment. Nationwide, this annual program has conducted more than 2.5 million screenings and detected over 250,000 suspected skin cancer lesions and more than 28,000 suspected melanomas.

This program is provided in support with the Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care. Princeton Medical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Thursday, May 16, 6 – 8 pm

Princeton Medical Center

Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center

One Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ

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Prepare for Extreme Cold

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits tonight, with high winds and wind chills below zero.

Montgomery Township Health Department wants you to stay safe in cold weather.

Otto Kaufman Community Center will be available as a warming center from 8AM to 9PM if you have no heat. It is recommended that residents think ahead of a plan, perhaps to stay with a relative, neighbor, or friend, in the event that your home loses heat.

If you are a renter, and have no heat, call your landlord and the Health Department at 908-359-8211 x 227 to file a complaint, if needed. We will investigate and work with your landlord to get the heat restored. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Remember these safety tips:

Personal Safety

  • Stay indoors when weather is extremely cold, especially if winds are high.
  • If you must go outdoors, make trips outside as brief as possible.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing. Protect your head, neck, hands and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and socks.
  • Drink lots of water and non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Be alert for the warning signs of hypothermia: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and/or drowsiness.

Family & Neighbors

  • Offer to help people in your neighborhood who may have limited access to heat.
  • Check frequently on seniors and people who are ill.
  • Do not leave pets outside.
  • Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable to the cold. Extra precautions should be taken.

Be Safe at Home

  • If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home.
  • Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas or fireplaces.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.
  • Take steps now to prevent water pipes from freezing: https://www.consumerreports.org/home-maintenance-repairs/how-to-keep-pipes-from-freezing/
  • While power outages are not anticipated, it is good to be prepared. Report outages at: 1-800-880-PSEG (7734).
    Sign up for MyAlerts at:
    https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/myalerts/index.jsp
    so you may receive updates by text and report outages by texting “Out” to 4PSEG. Visit the PSE&G Outage Center to view a map of area outages.

Link to more info at CDC Winter Safety Website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.html

Join AARP in Caring for Desi Caregivers

Take a Break! November is National Family Caregivers Month and AARP New Jersey is celebrating by hosting a day of fun and education for Desi caregivers on Saturday, November 17.

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This lunch and learn event will feature speakers on a variety of topics including financial and community resources and healthcare. We’ll also have Tai Chi and Zumba! If you’re currently a caregiver or you might be one in the future, you won’t want to miss this!

Did you know?

The Asian-Indian population is almost twice as likely to care for elders as the general population. It’s a labor of live – but caregiving can be overwhelming. AARP is here to support family caregivers with resources and information. We look forward to seeing you on November 17!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 am – 2 pm

FairBride Hotel & Conference Center
195 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

RSVP online at aarp.cvent.com/DesiCaregivers or call 1-877-926-8300.

Lunch will be served and free parking is available.

 

Rental Assistance Available to Somerset County Residents

Eligible county residents can receive up to 15 months of rental assistance plus monthly case management services.

Post Date:10/22/2018 10:00 AM

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program is available to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible Somerset County residents. “The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability,” she said.

The case management is provided by a trained volunteer and is intended to help clients set and achieve goals that promote long-term financial stability. The program provides a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of one’s monthly income, up to a maximum of $300 per month.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within 15 months. In order to qualify, at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week. Any non-working adult must have a verifiable disability or be a caregiver for a member of the household.

In addition, applicants must have a formal lease at a rental rate that is less than the fair-market rent for the unit size, and must be within the following maximum income limits:

  • 1 Person – $52,900
  • 2 People – $60,400
  • 3 People – $68,000
  • 4 People – $75,500
  • 5 People – $81,500
  • 6 People – $87,600

In addition, program participants must complete a monthly household budget; attend a monthly meeting with the program case manager; and be willing to accept case management services that include financial management, employment and/or any other services that are deemed necessary to maintain permanent housing in Somerset County.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after being screened by the Somerset County Community Development Office. For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756.

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Mercer County Community Health Needs Assessment – Public Feedback

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership Coalition on its Community Health Needs Assessment.  The information in this assessment will be used to identify priorities where we can work together to make our neighborhoods healthier.

The draft assessment provides information about Somerset County; the assessment process; results from secondary data, the community survey, focus groups and key informant interviews; and the overall findings of need. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Mercer County Community Health Needs Assessment – DRAFT 

Please review these findings and provide us with any comments or concerns. Your feedback is important!  Please email your comments to health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by October 15.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

Community Health Needs Assessment – Community Comment

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Healthier Somerset Coalition on its Community Health Needs Assessment.  The information in this assessment will be used to identify priorities where we can work together to make our neighborhoods healthier.

The draft assessment provides information about Somerset County; the assessment process; results from secondary data, the community survey, focus groups and key informant interviews; and the overall findings of need. The assessment concludes that the priority areas of need in Somerset County are: 1) Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Chronic Disease, Obesity and Access to Care. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Somerset County Community Health Needs Assessment – DRAFT 

Please review these findings and provide us with any comments or concerns. Your feedback is important!  Please email your comments to health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by September 12.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, along with its partners, are encouraging residents to play it safe and protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun, beginning this season and throughout the year.

“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Anyone can get skin cancer regardless of skin color or age,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “Recent studies indicate that sun damage in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life, so you are never too young to protect yourself from sun exposure.

“Skin cancer is a serious public health concern. Every year, more than five million Americans are treated for skin cancer. This year alone, more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. will be caused by melanoma skin cancer,” she said. “We are urging residents to avoid artificial tanning, to conduct self-exams and to get screened. Melanoma is highly treatable when caught early.”

The RCDC is encouraging skin cancer awareness through a number of initiatives, programs and screenings throughout both counties. Click here for an interactive May skin cancer awareness calendar with sun safety tips, screening locations and partner resources. Dates with an orange star open to tips on how to protect yourself and your family as well as screening information and available resources.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. For more information, to become a member or to learn more about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC public health consultant Lucille Y-Talbot at (908) 203-6077 or ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/RCDC