Michigan department of community health

"Michigan parents who want to opt-out of vaccinations for their children must now get the forms from their local health department instead of mailing in requests. It’s part of the state Department of Health and Human Services’ initiative to inform residents about the benefits of vaccinations." (WDET)

Individuals who remain on list recently traveled from countries where Ebola has been prevalent

State has released few details about cases

The head of the Michigan Department of Community Health has announced that he’ll resign next month. Director Jim Haveman has led the MDCH since 2012.

According to Governor Rick Snyder’s office, Haveman had planned to stay at his post into next year. But he changed his mind after he recently had a “mild stroke.”

The governor praised Haveman’s leadership as he accepted his resignation. That includes the rollout of the Healthy Michigan plan, which expands the state’s Medicaid program per the Affordable Care Act.


People who encounter oil chemicals in the surface waters of the Kalamazoo River need not worry about their long-term health. That’s the conclusion of the Michigan Department of Community Health, which released its findings Wednesday.

An Enbridge Energy pipeline dumped a massive amount of oil into the river following a rupture in July 2010. Nearly four years later, the MDCH says people might still come in contact with oil sheen and globules if they swim, wade or boat on the river.