Councilman Mike Elam's Blog

Mar 22

[ARCHIVED] Educational Programs

The original item was published from March 22, 2017 1:12 PM to March 22, 2017 1:14 PM


Education is essential for ensuring good personal health. For those interested in learning how good health impacts their life, their business and their community, a member of the Department of Public Health can speak with your group.
Church leaders receive training in disaster response and preparedness.
Programs covering a wide variety of topics for different audiences are available throughout the year:

Child Care Providers and Parents
Parents, foster parents and child care providers have the perfect opportunity to learn about public health and to pass along that education about healthy behaviors to their children. As a part of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Child Care Health Consultant program, Division of Health Services staff offers “Clock Hour Classes” that focus on nutrition, hygiene, safety, disease prevention and more. Registered child care workers can earn continuing education credits for successfully completing these programs. For information, please call 636-949-7400, ext. 6218.

CPR/First Aid CertificationParticipants learn basic First Aid and CPR instruction from Public Health nurses.
In this half-day course, Public Health nurses will teach participants to identify and provide basic first aid for injuries; to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on adults, children and infants; and to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on victims in cardiac arrest. Upon completion, participants will become certified for up to two years by the American Red Cross. The cost to attend these CPR/First Aid Certification classes is $50 per person. To register, please call 636-949-7389.

Basic Life Support Certification – Advanced Course
Public Health nurses also present Basic Life Support certification classes for healthcare providers and public safety professionals who may need more advanced training than that provided through the basic certification. The focus of these courses is on response to breathing and cardiac emergencies through hands-on instruction in CPR and AED use. The cost to attend the Basic Life Support class is $55 per person. To register, please call 636-949-7389.

Moms and Moms-to-Be
Our Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) provides breastfeeding education and nutritional counseling for mothers of young children and moms-to-be. The program’s peer counselors provide breastfeeding support to new mothers and offer referrals on services available to help mothers and their children. Persons interested in WIC should call 636-949-7402.

Food Service Workers
Food service workers can complete basic certification in safe food handling at our sessions held every other month. The cost to attend this certification course is $20 per person. Please click the link above for registration information.

In addition to the basic certification, St. Charles County Food Code requires that all food service establishments employ at least one person, who has completed a manager certification course (such as the ServSafe Applied Food Service Sanitation program), during all hours of operation. For information on this requirement, please call 636-949-1800.

A young girl learns about recycling at St. Charles County's Earth Day event.Environmental Education
Environmental Education staff encourages the protection and conservation of natural resources. Programs focus on recycling and waste management, the development of an ecosystem and more. Tours of the division’s Recycle Works facilities are also available for youth groups. For information, please call 636-949-1800.

Preparing for Emergencies – for Individuals and Organizations

Our Emergency Preparedness staff can help families or organizations develop their emergency response plans. Focusing on the Ready in 3 principle, these interactive discussions offer instructions on how to prepare for and respond to events that may impact our area. For information, please call 636-949-7408.

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