Public Health on the Move

“Every day, our staff engage and educate the community on important public health topics.  Whether it’s raising awareness about the importance of ‘Baby Boomers’ getting tested for Hepatitis C, working with homeowners on how they can properly care for a septic system or providing HIV and STD testing and prevention education, we are ready to mobilize in a moment’s notice.  We strive to be a center of excellence for public health by preventing disease, promoting health, protecting the environment and preserving vital records in our community.  This webpage will feature just a few of our many public health outreach efforts.”

Deborah McMahan, MD
Allen County Health Commissioner

Health Department nurse, Steven Williams, sets up the STD Outreach Clinic sign on August 31, 2016 when the clinic opened to the public for the first time.  The STD Outreach Clinic is open at 519 Oxford Street in Fort Wayne on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. -5 p.m.  This clinic is for express STD testing and treatment (no exams); it is a walk-in clinic only, which provides testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C.  Click here to learn more about the clinic.

The Annual workshop was held on February 7, 2017 for certified septic system installers.  Each year, Health Department staff educate installers on any new regulations/ordinances, information for repairs and alterations to septic systems, and ensure installers are current on the Health Department inspection process.

On April 22, 2017, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health participated in the local “Crisis Addiction Seminar and Resource Fair” hosted at the Public Safety Academy.  Staff presented on multiple topics and provided information and a naloxone demonstration at the Health Dept. booth at the resource fair.  The seminar and resource fair was free and open to the public.

In April, the Department of Health launched the NEAT Clinic at the Medical Annex.  The clinic is by appointment only and offers overdose education, hands-on naloxone training, and a naloxone prescription for family or friends of those with substance use disorder or on long term opioids for pain.  To schedule an appointment, call (260) 449-7504.

June 27, 2017 was “National Day of HIV Testing.”  The Health Department partnered with Walgreens on Creighton Ave. to provide free HIV and Hepatitis C screenings to the public.  Walgreens provided free incentive giveaways.

On July 17, 2017, Health Department staff offered free Hepatitis C screenings to seniors who attended the Wellspring Health Fair.  The Health Fair took place at Wellspring’s facility on Broadway Avenue.

On July 18, 2017, the Health Dept. participated in the Allen County Government Employee Health Fair. Those in attendance had the opportunity to learn about important vaccines for teens and adults, as well as receive any vaccinations.

Students Shivani Parishak and Mary Langemeier, presented their fellowship research project to healthcare providers who attended the Indiana District 3 Trauma meeting on July 27, 2017.  Students explained the impact multiple transfers have on patients and how information could be better reported.  The fellowship research project was made possible by: Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, Fort Wayne-Allen County Dept. of Health, Lutheran Health & Parkview Health.

Parents play important role in tackling opioid crisis (Oct. 2017)

Video of Oct. 18, 2017 press conference at Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.  McMillen Health unveiled new educational resources available for parents.  First responders shared statistics on where teens are getting opioids, teens turning to heroin & information on how parents can start the conversation with their kids about opioids, illegal drugs & addiction.  Watch the press conference video to learn more. Access McMillen Health’s educational document here: CLICK HERE 

Mayor Tom Henry announced on Dec. 18, 2017 that the City of Fort Wayne will file a public nuisance lawsuit against opioid distributors in an effort to hold accountable the companies responsible for bringing opiates into the community and making the opioid epidemic possible.  Some members of the Allen County Opiate Task Force joined Mayor Henry at the press conference.  To learn more, click here.