Monmouth County Health: February/March Newsletter

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February-March 2017

County will Go Red for Women on February 3

Go Red for Women

February 3, 2017 is National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. To learn about heart disease, go to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or American Heart Association or Go Red for Women.

Rabies Clinics

The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) hosts rabies clinics throughout the county during the year.  In 2017, clinics will be held in the following locations:*

  • Shrewsbury Township: 3-4-2017, 1– 2 p.m., Municipal Building, 1979 Crawford Street
  • Atlantic Highlands: 3-15-2017, 6-7:30 p.m., Firehouse, First & East Mount Avenues
  • Neptune City: 3-16-2017, 6–7 p.m., Public Works Building, 41 Flexcraft Drive
  • Allentown: 3-17-2017, 9-11 a.m., Public Works Garage, Church Street
  • Lake Como: 3-29-2017, 6 – 7 p.m., Firehouse, 1730 Main Street
  • Marlboro: 4-22-2017, 10 a.m. – noon, Public Works Garage, Wyncrest Road
  • Keansburg: 4-29-2017, 10 a.m.- noon, Public Works Garage, Frazee Place

*New clinics are added on a regular basis, so visit our Calendar of Events often!

Winter Safety Tips

Winter often presents us with hazardous conditions. The CDC has helpful steps you can take to assure these months are safe and healthy ones. Read more.

Christopher Merkel Appointed to NJACCHO

Christopher Merkel

MCHD's Public Health Coordinator and Health Officer Christopher Merkel was sworn into the Executive Board of the NJ Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO). NJACCHO advances the art and science of public health, and ensures conditions that promote health, prevent disease and protect the health of the state’s population through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and the assurance of workforce competencies.

Zika Virus

The Zika Virus remains a serious concern, especially if you or your family are planning on travelling to warmer climates during the Winter months. You can take preventative measuresFor more information visit

March is Colorectal Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.


The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

March 24 is World TB Day

This year's theme is “Unite to End TB.”  Many organizations, including the CDC, are working diligently to provide outreach and eliminate this disease. Visit the CDC’s site.


MCHD's TB clinic focuses on the screening, prevention and control of active and latent tuberculosis in adults and children. By providing continuous education and clinical treatment to residents as well as support to local hospitals and medical facilities, the TB clinic joins in the global effort to combat tuberculosis as we “Unite to End TB.”

Did you know?

The MCHD partners with Jersey Shore University Medical Center to provide comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) diagnostic and treatment services. In 2015, 1284 clients were seen and over 2000 visits were made to the clinic. Services are FREE for residents of municipalities that contract with MCHD for daily health services


For more information about this program, contact the MCHD at 732-431-7456.

Board of Health Members

Paul Schneider, President

Marianne Longobardi, Vice President

Ann Marie Buontempo, Secretary

Thomas J. Calabrese
Brian Charnick

Ellynn Kahle

Judy Thorpe

Michael L. Ticktin

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer


Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, Department Liasion

Health Department Meetings

The Board of Health conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, at the County Health Department offices at 3435 Route 9, Freehold. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Phone: 732-431-7456


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