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Health Department
Health and Community Services
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5235

Health and Safety Services

Macomb County residents are encouraged to bring in their mercury containing thermometers to any Macomb County Health Department service location for environmentally safe and secure disposal.

Modeled after the national Community Action Team (CAT) that is tasked with addressing infant mortality in local communities, the Baby Resource Network of Macomb is a diverse team of community partners and health professionals who develop action plans for community outreach and support to enhance infant safety and health.

Up-to-date information about local beach conditions in Macomb County.

Macomb County has approximately 12 miles of Lake St. Clair shoreline, 3 beaches located on Lake St. Clair, and 2 additional inland lake beaches. To assure residents and visitors of a safe and healthy recreational experience, the Macomb County Health Department conducts routine water quality testing from mid-April through September each year.

View testing data for Macomb County beaches for the current year.

In Macomb County, body art establishments and activities are regulated under the Regulations Governing Body Art Establishments in Macomb County, Michigan which became effective in February 2009. Under the regulation, all body art and permanent cosmetic establishments must have Health Department approval and individuals performing body art or permanent cosmetics may do so only in an approved establishment.

Michigan law requires a campground license when five (5) or more recreational units are placed on a property and are used for temporary living quarters. This applies to sites that operate year-round (permanent campground) or for a temporary amount of time (temporary campground). The Macomb County Health Department conducts inspections and licensing of all such sites.


Research shows that the air within homes and buildings can be more polluted than outdoor air. The average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors. In terms of acute hazards, carbon monoxide (CO) is the most dangerous indoor air pollutant.

Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in Macomb County.  The Macomb County Health Department offers comprehensive disease risk reduction services for residents.

Did you know that injuries from motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children? (CDC 2006)    Most of the injuries could be prevented by using age and size appropriate car seats. 

The Macomb County Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program reaches out to over 2300 clients with over 2700 different diagnoses from birth to 21 years of age. This includes clients over the age of 21 with Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia and related coagulation disorders. The program offers a variety of services to clients and families with qualifying diagnosis and children and youth with special health care needs.

The Communicable Disease Program (CD) is responsible to investigate reports of infectious disease in Macomb County in order to provide education to affected individuals to prevent the spread of disease, and to prevent outbreaks.

Most electronic devices contain a variety of contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants that can enter our environment. Recycling recovers valuable materials from electronics that can be used to make new products.

The Macomb County Health Department is actively involved in the following programs which promotes the prevention of chronic disease and control communicable and infectious disease.

A significant segment of Macomb County's residents and small businesses rely on wells for their drinking water supply. Proper design, installation, maintenance and monitoring of drinking water wells is critical to the prevention of water-related diseases.

Enterovirus D68

Fees associated with various environmental health services.

The Macomb County Health Department provides environmental health services designed to assure a safe and healthy environment to all county residents.

Environmental Health Services Portal

EMRAP staff work to provide a safe and healthy environment for individuals who live and work in Macomb County by conducting activities.

The Macomb County Health Department's Family Health Services Division offers a wide variety of personal health services for the residents of Macomb County.

The Family Planning Program provides reproductive health education, counseling and information about contraceptive methods and management, including abstinence.  The program also offers pregnancy testing, pelvic and breast exams for women, reproductive health exams for men and birth control supplies. 

Fifth Disease

The Michigan Food Law, Act 92 as amended, requires each food service establishments to have at least one Certified Food Service Manager.

Food Service permit applicants and permit holders are required to submit the necessary documents to the health department for review and approval before construction, conversion or remodeling begins. This helps establishments save time and money by ensuring they will comply with current code and regulatory requirements.

The Health Department works to protect the health of consumers by assuring that the food prepared and served in Macomb County's licensed food service establishments is wholesome and safe.

The Food Service Advisory Committee was formed to solicit input from industry and consumers to improve communication, discuss issues of common interest, and foster collaboration.

State law requires a facility that prepares or serves food or drink to the general public to be licensed as a food service establishment.

The local Health Department is required to conduct routine, unannounced inspections of licensed food service facilities.

Frequently asked questions about the Food Service Sanitation Program.

The Macomb County Health Department conducts follow-up investigations of reported illness connected with a licensed food service establishment in Macomb County.

The Macomb County Health Department offers basic country-specific information for international travelers that can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler's Health website and the U.S. Department of State website, including tips for traveling abroad.

Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)

"Working to improve the health status of Macomb County residents." The Health Education program of the Macomb County Health Department is responsible for a broad range of services offered to schools, communities, professional groups and individuals.

The Macomb County Health Department is actively involved in the following programs which promotes the prevention of chronic disease and control communicable and infectious disease.

Hearing and Vision Program


The HIV testing program provides anonymous counseling and testing -- but not treatment -- on an appointment only basis.  Services are provided at no charge to persons age 12 and over.

Many pesticides, weed killers, automotive products, cleaning products and hobby supplies that we use in our homes contain toxic chemicals that become hazardous waste. If we simply toss these products in the garbage, pour them down the drain, or dump them onto the ground, the result can be pollution to our soil and water.

WIC does not use an application form.  You will need to call the WIC office at (586) 469-5471.  Experienced phone staff will perform an initial screening to determine whether or not you are eligible for WIC.  You will be given an appointment to verify your eligibility.

WIC eligible family members will receive WIC food benefits and a Michigan WIC Bridge Card during their initial visit to the WIC clinic.

The Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP) was created through grant funding as an extension of the already successful Surface Water Improvement and Monitoring (SWIM) Team Program. IDEP is charged with the duties of searching out and inspecting illicit discharges in Macomb County.

The Macomb County Health Department Immunization Clinic provides vaccines -- on a walk-in basis or by appointment -- to protect all persons in our communities from vaccine preventable disease.

The Macomb County Health Department conducts encephalitis monitoring and responds to inquiries concerning insect and rodent control through the community health and safety program.

Lead in Our Community

Lead is a heavy soft metal found in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields. Lead and its compounds are toxic and can present a severe hazard to those who are overexposed to them.

Legionellosis (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac fever)

Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)


The health care system and advancements in drug therapy have contributed to Americans living longer than ever before. As the population ages, the volume of medications prescribed increases dramatically.

Meningococcal Disease

The Macomb County Health Department accepts mercury-containing fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) from Macomb County residents through the Household Hazard Waste collection. The mercury in the lamps is recovered and recycled which prevents it from ending up in landfills.

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected year round both indoors and outdoors. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. They can be found outdoors in shady, damp areas or places of decomposing vegetation. Indoors, mold can be found where there is sufficient moisture or where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

Public health nutritionists provide support, education, resources and referral services for Macomb County residents including high-risk populations such as uninsured and/or low income pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children with special health care problems and individuals with chronic diseases.

The Macomb County Health Department accepts used automotive oil filters from Macomb County residents through the Household Hazard Waste collection.

A significant portion of Macomb County relies on septic systems for sewage disposal. Proper design, installation, and maintenance is critical for the prevention of water pollution and communicable diseases caused by human waste.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

PCB's are a group of man made organic chemicals that were primarily used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical devices. PCB production was stopped in the United States in 1977 because PCB's were found to be persistent in the environment and potentially harmful. Today, small amounts of PCB's can be found in almost all air, soil, sediments, surface water and animals.

Parcels or properties for sale that rely on a well for drinking water and/or a septic system for sewage disposal are required by Macomb County regulation to have these systems evaluated prior to closing.

The Maternal Child Health Nursing program is comprised of highly trained Public Health Nurses (PHNs) who have extensive education and experience in assessing infants, children and their families within the community setting.  The Health Department provides public health nursing services to individuals and families throughout Macomb County. 

Pools and spas that are not properly maintained can create a health and safety risk to the people using it. Rashes, infections, and flu-like diseases can be caused from water that is not adequately disinfected or filtered. Physical injury may result if the pool or spa equipment and structure is not in good condition.

Research shows that the air within homes and buildings can be more polluted than outdoor air. The average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors. A potential indoor air pollutant of concern is radon.

Safe Sleep Information for Parents and Caregivers.

The primary goal of the School Immunization Program (SIP) is to lower the risk of vaccine preventable disease (VPD) in the organized learning environments of the early childhood and school age populations of Macomb County. The leading way to achieve this goal is through children receiving the required childhood and adolescent vaccines.

View the seven principles of a healthy home.

The STIs program provides confidential counseling, testing, diagnosis, and treatment for most sexually transmitted diseases.  Services are provided at no charge for persons age 12 years and older. 

Under the shelter management program, health department staff perform the following activities: Conduct inspections of child care and adult foster care facilities, license and inspect campgrounds and respond to complaints pertaining to improper sewage disposal in manufactured home communities.

The Macomb County Health Department has a wide variety of presentations and speakers available.  Please contact the speaker directly to request more information or request a presentation at your community agency, school or worksite. Two-four weeks notice is required for many speakers.  Most presentations will require a minimum number of registered participants.

Subdivisions or condominiums proposed in areas that are not served by municipal water and/or municipal sewage must rely on wells and septic systems. The Macomb County Health Department regulates these sites by conducting an evaluation of the soil conditions and the drinking water source via a test well.

The Surface Water Improvement and Monitoring (SWIM) team, formed after a recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission Report, was created in the latter part of 1997 with funds committed by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

The Macomb County Health Department, along with other county agencies, communities and public schools and universities are working hard to protect, clean up and restore our local lakes, rivers and streams. We are interested in knowing the priorities and concerns of local citizens in regard to protection and restoration of our local water resources.

TB is short for tuberculosis. TB disease develops from TB infection. People don't know they have TB infection unless they have been tested for TB. TB is a serious disease that can cause a person to become very sick if not treated with medicine.

Vaccinations for Children with Special Health Care Needs and their Families


Varicella (Chickenpox)

Viral (Aseptic) Meningitis

West Nile Virus is a disease that can be transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.  It is important to remember that not all mosquitoes carry the disease and not everyone who is bit by an infected mosquito gets sick.  The population at highest risk to develop serious illness are the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Most people think WIC simply provides food, but we can help with a lot more.  We can help you learn how to breastfeed and how to feed your children in healthy ways that will benefit them for a lifetime. 

WIC applicants must meet all of the following criteria.

The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), also known as Project FRESH, provides eligible WIC participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. 

How can WIC help me with breastfeeding?

Where can I find more information about WIC?

WIC is more than free nutritious food; WIC is on a mission to change lives by providing families with opportunities to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits for the whole family. 

The Macomb County Health Department sponsors the WIC supplemental nutrition program, a federally funded USDA nutrition program which provides free nutritious foods and infant formulas. In addition, the WIC program provides nutrition education and counseling services, breastfeeding education and support, health screenings, on-site immunizations and referrals to health and social services.