Allegheny County Department of Health en Allegheny Co. Trying to Prevent Further Heroin Overdoses After Rash of Deaths <p>Health officials are warning that an extremely dangerous brand of heroin is making the rounds in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.</p><p>Twenty-two people have died in the past week in western Pennsylvania from a suspected overdose of a mix of heroin and the powerful narcotic fentanyl,&nbsp;according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane.</p><p>The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says they’ve found “stamp bags” labeled with the words “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice” and “Income Tax” at the scenes of the overdoses.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:17:48 +0000 Liz Reid 23483 at Karen Hacker Enthusiastic About New Direction of Public Health in Allegheny County <p>As new Allegheny County Health <a href="">Department </a>Director Karen Hacker comes into office, she faces a range of public health concerns. From smoking, obesity and air quality to green infrastructure and fracking issues, Dr. Hacker will be tackling a number of community health matters.</p><p>Many worry whether the department has the resources it needs to enforce all the state and county regulations under its purview, but Dr. Hacker says she has already received unique support from the public and from advocacy groups.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:24:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22819 at Karen Hacker Enthusiastic About New Direction of Public Health in Allegheny County Allegheny County Health Department Celebrates Fracking Regulatory Victory <p>The Allegheny County Health Department is celebrating a legislative victory that will allow them to more effectively monitor air and water pollution.</p><p>In December, County Council passed a law that requires companies performing hydraulic fracturing within the county to notify the Health Department as each phase of the process begins.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:14:48 +0000 Liz Reid 22543 at As Severe Cold Descends on Southwest PA, How to Keep You and Your Pets Safe <p>Wind chill temperatures are expected to dip to more than 30 below zero in southwestern Pennsylvania Monday night and Tuesday morning, which means exposed skin could freeze in less than 5 minutes.<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:11:05 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22397 at Flu 'Widespread' in PA, CDC Says <p>Influenza is now considered to be “widespread” in Pennsylvania as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with health officials reporting outbreaks in at least half the regions of the state.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:40:57 +0000 Kevin Gavin 22109 at Edible Schoolyard Program Looks to County to Help Fund Expansion <p>Elementary and secondary schools in the Pittsburgh region are increasingly interested in integrating gardening into their curricula. At least, that’s what it looks like from where Jake Seltman is sitting.</p><p>Seltman is the director of educational programming at <a href="">Grow Pittsburgh</a>, a nonprofit organization that provides gardening and farming education to people of all ages.</p><p>Seltman said that in the last six months he’s fielded 22 requests from schools and school districts to bring the Edible Schoolyard program to their schools.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:55:13 +0000 Liz Reid 19770 at Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act <p>On Tuesday October 1st the health insurance exchange, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opens for enrollment. While the various insurance plans and stipulations can be confusing, there are many <a href="">resources</a> available to offer assistance.</p><p>On Thursday September 26th, representatives from various health access groups came together at the Community Broadcast Center to talk about how the new healthcare &amp; insurance plans will affect individuals and businesses. Listen to an edited broadcast of the forum on Tuesday October 1 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:05:58 +0000 Heather McClain 17280 at Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act Allegheny County Health Department Begins Planning Obesity Prevention Campaign <p>Allegheny County’s new health department director is setting her sights on obesity prevention.</p><p>Dr. Karen Hacker, who joined the department last week, gave a presentation about ways to address obesity during Wednesday’s meeting of the Allegheny County Board of Health.</p><p>“I think it’s a national issue," Hacker said. "Somewhere between 30-40 percent of the population is in the overweight category, and I just believe there’s a lot a community can do and a lot a public health department can do.”</p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 16363 at Point State Park Fountain Being Tested for Legionella Bacteria <p>About a month after its re-opening, the fountain at Point State Park is being tested by the Allegheny County Department of Health for Legionella.</p><p>The move follows a report of one person coming down with Legionnaires' disease after a visit to the fountain. County health officials say it’s unlikely the infection came from the fountain, but they are testing it as a precaution.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:43:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12438 at Health Department and Alcosan Advise on River Water Quality <p>When it rains in Pittsburgh, chances are raw sewage will be discharged into its rivers because so many pipes receive not only sewage, but also storm water, and the system can't handle the volume. &nbsp;</p><p>When this happens, the <a href="">Allegheny County Health Department </a>issues combined sewer overflow (CSO) flag alerts between May 15 and September 30.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:13:47 +0000 Charlee Song 12267 at Allegheny County Names Karen Hacker New Health Department Director <p>After a national search, Allegheny County officials announced Friday that Dr. Karen Hacker has been chosen as the new director of the Allegheny County Department of Health.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:48:22 +0000 WESA Staff 10581 at Allegheny County Board of Health OKs Minor Changes to Air Quality Standards <div class="field-item even"><p>The Allegheny County Board of Health has approved minor changes to ambient air standards and enforcement. Going forward, instead of listing the individual ambient standards, state and federal standards will be&nbsp;referenced. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:46:50 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2135 at