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National Public Health Week April 7-13  (4/7/2014)
Please join Portland Public Health in recognizing National Public Health Week. This year's theme is "Public Health: Start Here." More

Certified Food Protection Manager Exam  (3/24/2014)
Portland Public Health's Environmental Health & Safety Program will be offering a monthly Certified Food Protection Manager exam that meets the State of Maine requirements. The next scheduled exam will be held on April 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (3/20/2014)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on Dr. Sears leaving the Maine CDC to take a position with the Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System, colorectal cancer awareness month, child hood immunizations, national nutrition month, a water fluoridation map, flu, and pertussis (whooping cough). More

Portland School Based Health Center Reopens  (2/26/2014)
The City of Portland Public Health Division held a ceremony to reopen the newly renovated school based health center in Portland High School. More

Certified Food Protection Manager Exam  (2/19/2014)
Portland Public Health's Environmental Health & Safety Program will be offering a monthly Certified Food Protection Manager exam that meets the State of Maine requirements. The next scheduled exam will be held on March 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM. More

Affordable Care Act Open Insurance Enrollment Events  (2/12/2014)
Two Affordable Care Act open enrollment sessions will be held at Maine Medical Center's Charles A. Dana Health Education Center. Free in-person assistance from trained professionals will be provided. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (2/6/2014)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on American Heart Month, Pump Handle awards, flu, travel-related disease, CVS tobacco announcement, pertussis (whooping cough), updated ACIP recommendations, animal rabies, and a suicide prevention conference. More

WHO and UNICEF Report Impact of Vaccinations  (1/16/2014)
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report on the major effect vaccinations have had on public health. More

Free Flu Shots!   (1/13/2014)
The Portland Public Health Division has free, walk-in flu shot clinics at 103 India Street. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 AM to 12 PM. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (1/9/2014)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on cold weather safety, flu, tick-borne diseases, cervical cancer, birth defects, the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, suicide prevention, pertussis (whooping cough), prevention of adult-onset occupational asthma, and organ donation. More

Certified Food Protection Manager Exam  (12/20/2013)
Portland Public Health's Environmental Health & Safety Program will be offering a monthly Certified Food Protection Manager exam that meets the State of Maine requirements. The next scheduled exam will be held on January 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM. More

Suffering Public Health Departments Putting People at Risk  (12/19/2013)
A recent study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds years of funding cuts are starting to take toll on public health. More

Portland Community Free Clinic Featured in the Bangor Daily News  (12/17/2013)
The Bangor Daily News recently featured an article on the Portland Community Free Clinic. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (12/12/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on public health accreditation, the prematurity leadership award, flu, pertussis (whooping cough), and the recent release of the annual America's Health Rankings report. More

2012-2013 Annual Report Is Now Available  (12/10/2013)
The City of Portland Public Health Division is pleased to announce the publication of its 2012-2013 Annual Report. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (11/14/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information the recent Vigilant Guard exercise, flu, pertussis (whooping cough), and tick-borne diseases. More

Certified Food Protection Manager Classes  (11/4/2013)
Portland Public Health's Environmental Health & Safety Program will be offering a monthly Certified Food Protection Manager class and exam that meet the State of Maine requirements. The next scheduled class will be held on November 21, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (10/30/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on the new format for public health updates, National Diabetes Awareness Month, flu, acute hepatitis alert, tick-borne diseases, pertussis (whooping cough), and upcoming events. More

National Drug Take Back Day on October 26  (10/24/2013)
The US Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring a nationwide Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM. More

Certified Food Protection Manager Classes  (10/18/2013)
Portland Public Health's Environmental Health & Safety Program will be offering a monthly Certified Food Protection Manager class and exam that meet the State of Maine requirements. The next scheduled class will be held on October 24, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (10/17/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on Hepatitis A outbreak and response, acute hepatitis health alert, flu, tick-borne diseases, pertussis (whooping cough), dental bond assisting dental school and community-based clinics, and upcoming events. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (10/3/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on accreditation, antibiotic resistance, breast cancer, meaningful use, mosquito-borne diseases, tick-borne diseases, flu, gluten-free standardization of food labels, pertussis (whooping cough), rabies and upcoming events. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (9/19/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on mosquito-borne diseases, a successful anti-smoking campaign, tick-borne diseases, flu, pertussis (whooping cough), preterm birth rates, the prescription monitoring program, and upcoming events. More

2013 City of Portland Flu Shot Schedule  (9/12/2013)
All clinics will offer flu shots for $10, or free with a Medicare Part B card and supplemental insurance ID card. Tdap vaccine (to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is also available for $50 (cash only please). Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is available for $87 (cash only please). More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (9/5/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on Public Health Accreditation, Giardia, Tick-borne Diseases, Flu, Mosquito-borne Diseases, Pertussis (whooping cough), Heart Disease & Stroke, and upcoming events. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (8/8/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on Public Health Accreditation, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tick-borne Diseases, Summer Health, Flu, Mosquito-borne Diseases, updated reports, and upcoming events. More

Public Health is a Return on Investment  (7/30/2013)
A short video, produced by the Canadian Public Health Association in cooperation with the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century and the Canadian Network for Public Health Associations, highlights money saved by investing in public health services. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (7/25/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on Hepatitis, Suicide Prevention Trainings, Tick-borne Diseases, Arboviral Diseases, Summer Health, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and upcoming events. More

New York Times Article on Heroin in New England  (7/18/2013)
The New York Times reported on the alarming increase in heroin availability in New England States. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (7/11/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month, Tick-borne Diseases,Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Summer Health, Arboviral Diseases, and upcoming events. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (6/27/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update contains information on National HIV Testing Day, Lyme Disease,Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus(MERS-CoV), Summer Health, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), recent reports and upcoming events. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (6/13/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update includes information on Lyme Disease, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Listeria, Summer Health, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (5/30/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update includes the final part of a 3 part series on Hepatitis, Stroke Awareness Month, Lyme Disease, Summer health, and Flu Vaccine Coverage among Health Care Workers. More

Health Alert: Lyme Disease  (5/30/2013)
The Maine CDC has issued a health alert for Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is already on the rise. As the temperature is increasing, so is the number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine. More

Operation Clean-Up Wellesley Estates Saturday  (5/29/2013)
On Saturday, June 1, the City of Portland Minority Health Program, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), and Wellesley Estates Housing will host a Neighborhood Clean-Up Day. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (5/22/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. The update includes part 2 of a 3-part series on Hepatitis, Lyme Disease, Health Equity, National Celiac Disease Awareness month, Recreational Water Illness and Awareness Week (May 20-26), Flu, and information on the new Snuggle ME resource. More

3rd Annual Maine Minority Health Conference on June 4  (5/21/2013)
The City of Portland and University of New England are co-hosting the 3rd Annual Maine Minority Health Conference on June 4 at UNE's Portland campus. More

Maine CDC Public Health Update  (5/2/2013)
The Maine CDC has released a public health update. More

Health Alert: Lyme Disease  (5/2/2013)
The Maine CDC has issued a health alert for Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is carried by Ixodes scapularis (the deer tick). Cases have been increasing each year in Maine, and occur in all 16 counties. More

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27  (4/23/2013)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More

Latino Community Cancer Educational Forums  (4/18/2013)
Portland Public Health's Minority Health Program will be hosting three Latino community cancer education forums. The forums will focus on the three most commonly diagnosed cancers among Latinos (breast, colorectal, and lung cancer). Information will include cancer basics, the benefits of early detection and prevention, and how to access proper cancer screening and needed care.

The forums will be held on:

April 22nd at the Centro Latino (English Flier, Spanish Flier)
May 5th at Sacred Heart Church (English Flier, Spanish Flier)
May 9th at El Sinai Church. (English Flier, Spanish Flier).

More

National Public Health Week  (3/29/2013)
April1-7, 2013 Please join Portland Public Health in recognizing National Public Health Week. This year's theme is "Public Health is Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well supported public health systems in preventing disease, improving lives, and curbing health care spending. More

Arkansas Firm Recalls Boneless Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens  (10/10/2012)
Tyson Foods, Inc., a Pine Bluff, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 67,269 pounds of packages labeled as Honey BBQ Flavored Boneless Chicken Wyngz because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. More

FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods  (9/28/2012)
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is expanding the Public Health Alert for XL Foods (Canadian Establishment 038) to include all beef and beef products produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5. More

Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms Peanut Butter Recall  (9/27/2012)
Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, CA announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling the three bulk items containing peanut butter from Sunland, Inc. More

National Drug Take-Back Day is September 29   (9/24/2012)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More

Public Health Alert Issued for Imported Canadian Raw Boneless Beef Trim from XL Foods  (9/21/2012)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada by XL Foods, Inc. that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. More

2012 City of Portland Flu Shot Schedule  (9/14/2012)
The City of Portland Public Health Division will offer nine low-cost flu shot clinics around the city starting October 3. More

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Imported Frescolina Brand Ricotta Salata Cheese  (9/11/2012)
On September 10, 2012, Forever Cheese, Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of Frescolina brand ricotta salata cheese due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. More

National Drug Take-Back Day is September 29  (8/24/2012)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese Products That May Contain Foreign Materials  (8/16/2012)
Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, a Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. establishment, is recalling approximately 48,000 pounds of "Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese" products because they may contain pieces of gloves, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. More

Public Health Division Hosts Information Sessions for Food Service Providers  (8/14/2012)
The Division will host regular information sessions every month through December to inform food service providers about Portland's Food Code, as well as ways to prepare for an inspection. More

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Bacon Cheeseburger Patties That May Contain Foreign Materials  (8/6/2012)
Kenosha Beef International, Ltd., a Kenosha, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties because they may contain foreign materials—pieces of gasket material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. More

California Firm Recalls BBQ Chicken Salads for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination  (8/2/2012)
Garden Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 13,600 pounds of meat and poultry salad products. More

Minnesota Firm Recalls Canned Chicken Products Due to Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen  (7/27/2012)
Tony Downs Foods Company, a Madelia, Minn., establishment is recalling approximately 70,500 pounds of premium chunk chicken due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. More

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination  (7/23/2012)
Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa., establishment, is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. More

New Jersey Firm Recalls Various Frozen, Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination  (7/20/2012)
Buona Vita, Inc., a Bridgeton, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 72,510 pounds of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. More

How to prepare seasonal produce  (7/18/2012)
Here's an informative article from the New York Times on how to get the most out of your summer produce. More

Hannaford Recalls Meatball Items Sold Through Deli  (7/18/2012)
Hannaford Supermarkets today alerted customers to a recall issued by New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc. of three meatball products, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. More

New Jersey Firm Recalls Various Frozen, Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination  (7/9/2012)
Buona Vita, Inc., a Bridgeton, NJ establishment, is recalling approximately 324,770 pounds of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. More

June Healthy Portland Newsletter now available  (6/7/2012)
The June issue of the Healthy Portland Newsletter is now available. More

Maine Firm Recalls Ground and Tenderized Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination  (4/12/2012)
Town and Country Foods Inc., a Greene, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. More

2010-2011 Public Health Division Annual Report Now Available  (1/12/2012)
The 2010-2011 Public Health Division Annual Report is now available online. More

Open House at Portland Recovery Community Center  (2/27/2013)
The Portland Recovery Community Center will host an open house on Friday, March 1, from 1 to 6 pm, to celebrate its one-year anniversary. More

2011-2012 Public Health Division Annual Report Now Available   (2/15/2013)
The 2011-2012 Public Health Division Annual Report is now available online. More

Federal website to include new information about the Health Insurance Marketplace  (1/18/2013)
HealthCare.gov will include new information about the Marketplace, where families and small businesses will be able to easily compare and purchase high-quality health insurance plans starting October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014. More

Iowa Firm Recalls Barbecue Sausage Products That May Be Undercooked  (11/13/2012)
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC a Fort Madison, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 90,975 pounds of bourbon barbecue sausage products because they may have been underprocessed. More

Greater Portland Minority Health Assessment Now Available  (10/25/2012)
The Public Health Division's Minority Health Program has released findings from its 2011 Greater Portland Minority Health Assessment. More

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