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Don't let a foodborne illness sideline your holidays
Following a few simple steps will help prevent foodborne illnesses this holiday season:
Clean: clean counter tops, cutting boards and utensils after each use, especially after working with raw meats or vegetables
Separate: separate raw foods from prepared foods during storage and preparation
Cook:  cook to proper temperatures, use a thermometer to check
Chill:  Don't let leftovers sit out - refrigerate promptly.
See our Food Safety page for more food safety tips
The Elyria City Schools have issued a statement regarding the recent bed bug sightings in a few of the schools.  Click here to read the statement

Have Fun Cooking With Kids !

Enjoy our recipe booklet created by Nutritionist Phyllis Molnar.

Salmonella in Turtles, Lizards and Frogs
Did you know that these animals can carry Salmonella?
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Are you at risk for Diabetes?

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FREE Cookbook!

"Cooking for One or Two to Prevent Weight Gain and Diabetes"

Enjoy our recipe booklet created by Nutritionist Phyllis Molnar.  This booklet was distributed at the Senior Seminar held at the Elyria Public Library on April 8th. 


WENS System - Lorain County Emergency Management and most jurisdictions in the county have adopted a new Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS). The system will provide you with emergency and weather alerts to your cellphone or email. For more details and to sign up, click here.


For more information on preventing falls, visit:


Lorain County Project DAWN

(Deaths Avoided With Naloxone)

Opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of deaths in Lorain County.  Some examples of Opioids include: heroin, morphine, codeine and oxycodone.  In order to save lives, the Elyria City Health District is collaborating with the Lorain County General Health District to distribute a medication called nasal naloxone that can reverse an opioid overdose.  Nasal naloxone is available for parents, partners and all persons interested in preventing overdose of a loved one.

Click here for more information on Project DAWN.

Click here for Narcan clinic schedule (.pdf)


Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more information and links to sites that can help you become more prepared for natural or man-made disasters.



  1. Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger
  2. In 2013, 44 children died of heatstroke in the U.S.
  3. In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20 degrees - rolling down a window does little to keep it cool
  4. In 52% of the cases, the child was "forgotten" by the care giver
  5. In 29% of the cases, a child got into the car on their own
  6. Always check the back seat before you lock the car, and always lock the car when not in use.


In 2012, there were 1,914 deaths caused by unintentional drug overdoses in Ohio.  Start Talking! is Ohio's new youth drug prevention initiative.  This initiative encourages Ohioans to embrace prevention focused programs aimed at raising awareness and encouraging conversation, all in an effort to stop drug abuse before it starts.  For more information: Click here


Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can cause long term issues of disease resistance to them.  The CDC has developed the "Get Smart" campaign to stress that antibiotics are not always the answer, and to promote their proper use.  Click here for more information.


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 Billboards are located throughout the county with this message:

What is Safe Sleep?

Baby Sleeps Alone

Baby sleeps in a crib,
bassinet, or pack-n-play

Use a firm mattress with a
fitted sheet

Baby sleeps on their back

Wears a one-piece sleeper

Make a bare naked sleep area

NO pillows, blankets, bumper
pads, or toys


Public Health Futures Report:

The Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures has completed its report to the Governor.  The report includes recommendations for legislative and fiscal policies that can be considered for inclusion in the SFY 2014-2015 operating budget bill.  Click here to read the report.


Lorain County Health Assessment:

ECHD along with the Lorain County General Health District, Lorain City Health District, the Public Services Institute at LCCC, the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and several other agencies conducted a health assessment for Lorain County in late 2011. The assessment was conducted to identify issues affecting the health of all Lorain County residents.  Information from the report will be used in strategic planning to create a Community Health Improvement Plan.  This plan will help shape the programs of the future.

Click here for access to the assessment report.  Information specific to Elyria can be found on page 113 of the complete report.  Feedback to the report is welcomed.


Free Dental Sealant Program for Children:

The Elyria City Health District has obtained a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to provide free dental sealants to 2nd and 6th grade children who attend schools in Lorain County that meet eligibility requirements.

Click here for more information.

Click here to see how sealants work.  


The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition announces the creation of text4baby, a free mobile information service for pregnant women and new moms.  Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) receive 3 free text messages each week timed to their due date or baby's date of birth.  The messages are on various topics such as: immunization, nutrition, mental health, oral health, safe sleep and prevention of birth defects.  The messages can also help connect women to prenatal and infant care services.  Click here for more information.


 The Elyria City Health District has created a short film in order to promote public health and to show the community of Elyria what types of services the health district has to offer.  Click the following link to view this film:
Our Mission Statement:
As a collaborative partner in the public health system of Lorain County, the Elyria City Health District promotes healthy living through prevention of illness and disease, protection of environmental health, increased access to care, and rapid response to public health emergencies in Elyria. 
To report a Class A reportable communicable disease or to report any other public health emergency that can affect the general population to the Elyria City Health District outside of our normal working hours, call 440-346-9696 and appropriate health district personnel will be contacted.

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