Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

Health Education

The Goal of the Health Education Division is to improve the health of individuals and the community through presentations, community events, and providing educational materials on health related topics.

Melissa Opheim, MA
Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Liz Warmbier
Community Health Educator
David Wesoloski
Community Health Educator/Analyst



Available Health Education Resources

  • Health Department Programs and Services
  • Flu Prevention
  • Michigan's Smoke Free Law
  • Personal Hygiene/Hand Washing
  • Safe Fish and Wild Game Consumption
  • Wellness

Tobacco Information and Resources

Michigan's Smoke Free Air Law

Educational Materials

Download Your Smokers Quit Kit

Expectant Mothers Quit Kit

Quit Tobacco Tools and Resources


Safe Fish and Wild Game Information

Eat Safe Fish in the Saginaw Bay Website

Eat Safe Fish Brochure

Eat Wild Game Brochure


Additional Resources

What is a Health Education Specialist?

MI Healthier Tomorrow!

Infant Safe Sleep

Measuring Michigan's Performance

Healthy Michigan

The Dangers of Mercury

Saginaw/Tittabawasse Rivers Contamination Advisory Group

Professional Organizations

American Public Health Association

Great Lakes Chapter - Society of Public Health Education

Michigan Association for Local Public Health

Society of Public Health Education


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