During the past year, JCHi has been involved with many other activities. JCHi ran a workshop for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on working with the Orthodox Jewish community. This past Chanukah JCHi started a social marketing campaign to focus more attention on eating healthier.Posters that ran with the theme "More Oil? Good for the Menorah, Bad for your Heart" were posted in various public locations, and were made available here - where people were able to download and print and post in their community.
In March, JCHi ran a mumps awareness program and alerted the CDC to the risk of the NY/NJ outbreak in Orthodox Jewish communities spreading to other Jewish communities with the heavy travel around Passover. The CDC responded with a health alert that was sent out to all public health departments. MMR shots were made available free locally, informational pieces were created and distributed to parents and posted publicly. JCHi made contact with Chicago health officials and a nurse went to various Jewish day schools giving shots to those who needed it.
In early September mumps reached Cleveland. JCHi worked with the affected school, community pediatricians and local health departments. JCHi helped gather information for the outbreak investigation, kept local Orthodox pediatricians updated, kept the local community informed and updated and maintained this website. Guidance was also provided in the form of public memos.
JCHi then worked with local doctors, patients families and local and state health departments to obtain convalescent blood tests sent to the CDC, where all 6 cases were confirmed to be mumps.
While the outbreak continues, JCHi continues to keep the community up to date in an effort to minimize spread of the virus.
For its efforts, JCHi director, Mendel Singer, was greeted at a class he was teaching by the county Health Commissioner and other representatives of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health where they presented him with a copy of a resolution that was passed in his honor recognizing the work he has done on behalf of the Jewish community.