SJC Human Services News

Brott Recognized as Health Hero and Honored by Michigan Public Health Week Partnership

Post Date: April 10, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – As part of National Public Health Week, 15 individuals and organizations will be presented with the 2019 Hometown Health Hero and Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion awards for their contributions to protecting and improving the health of Michigan residents on April 10 at the state Capitol.

The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership is hosting the event to honor those who are helping Michigan achieve its goal of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health." This year’s awards focus on healthy communities, violence prevention, rural health, technology and public health and climate change.

"The work of public health belongs to all of us,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “Today I’m honored to celebrate a few individuals who have pointed the way. Some are Democrats, some are Republicans. Some are health professionals, some are regular citizens who lives have been touched by tragedy. Some work in Detroit and some work in northern Michigan. All have found a way to make our people healthier and our state stronger."

Laura Brott – St. Joseph County Human Service, Centreville
Brott has found innovative ways to connect service providers with the residents in St. Joseph County in need of their services. She was integral to a website redesign that integrated a community calendar and the development of a comprehensive resource guide for service providers so appropriate referrals could be made beyond their own agencies. Annually, she has been instrumental in coordinating the annual Project Connect/Veterans Stand Down event; putting residents in touch with county services, health screenings, vaccinations and food assistance.

View Sturgis Journal Article HERE

Project Connect & Veteran Stand Down October 7th, 2020 at Centreville Fairgrounds

Post Date: December 17, 2019

Two Events - One time and location!

PROJECT CONNECT is a community resource fair open to everyone. Representatives from over 70 human service agencies serving St. Joseph County will be on site to connect guests with services they may need. Agencies will discuss services available for education, employment, health, housing & utilities, senior services, family services and more.

You can talk with providers and get connected IMMEDIATELY to agencies providing services.

You can find services to help NOW or discover available resources BEFORE you or a loved one may need assistance.

The event also includes:

  • Free medical screens
  • Free flu shots
  • Other shots and immunizations free to most
  • Food boxes to take home
  • Free lunch
  • Free haircuts
  • Mobile Secretary of State on site to do business offered in brick and mortar building
  • Free transportation available to and from this event within St. Joseph County. Contact St. Joseph County Transportation Authority at least 72 hours prior to the event. Call 269-273- 7808. If outside the local calling area: 1-800-964-5700.

Everyone is invited to attend!

VETERANS STAND DOWN – Come learn about the services and benefits eligible to you as a veteran or veteran’s spouse/family member.

Army surplus goods available free to Veterans who are enrolled in Battle Creek VA Healthcare System or bring their DD214, VA I.D., or Military I.D. with them. ALL VETERANS must bring a photo ID.

If you need assistance obtaining a copy of your DD214, please contact the St. Joseph County Veterans Services 467-5512, no later than September 1, 2019.

For more information contact Laura Brott 269-625-1820.

20,000 Help Cards Distributed

Post Date: December 17, 2019

Community Help Card

The newest Community Help Card (2019 print) is on ORANGE cardstock and available at DHHS, United Way, and various agencies across St. Joseph County. Thank you to St Joseph County United Way for covering the costs of printing!

Please discard any earlier versions of the help care you may have (green, yellow, etc).

To request cards to distribute at your agency, please contact Laura Brott at BrottL@michigan.gov.

Project Connect Returns to St. Joseph County October 5th

Post Date: September 28, 2018

Two Events - One time and location!

PROJECT CONNECT is a community resource fair open to everyone. Representatives from over 70 human service agencies serving St. Joseph County will be on site to connect guests with services they may need. Agencies will discuss services available for education, employment, health, housing & utilities, senior services, family services and more.

If you currently need help, you can talk with providers and get connected IMMEDIATELY to agencies providing services you may need now.

You also can discover available services BEFORE you or a loved one may need assistance.

The event also includes:

  • Free medical screens
  • Free flu shots
  • Other shots and immunizations free to most
  • Food boxes to take home
  • Free lunch
  • Free haircuts
  • Mobile Secretary of State on site to do business offered in brick and mortar building
  • Free transportation available to and from this event within St. Joseph County. Contact St. Joseph County Transportation Authority at least 72 hours prior to the event. Call 269-273-7808. If outside the local calling area: 1-800-964-5700.

Everyone is invited to attend!

VETERANS STAND DOWN – Come learn about the services and benefits eligible to you as a veteran or veteran’s spouse/family member.

Army surplus goods available free to Veterans who are enrolled in Battle Creek VA Healthcare System or bring their DD214, VA I.D., or Military I.D. with them. ALL VETERANS must bring a photo ID.

If you need assistance obtaining a copy of your DD214, please contact the St. Joseph County Veterans Services 467-5512, no later than September 1, 2018.

For more information contact Laura Brott 269-625-1820 or Natalie Boland 574-261-0091