Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Sarah Tackebury - 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
[email protected]
Liz Warmbier
Community Health Educator
[email protected]
Lewis Wasek
Community Health Educator/Analyst

[email protected]


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 Law

Educational Materials

Download Your Smokers Quit Kit

Expectant Mothers Quit Kit

Quit Tobacco Tools and Resources


Safe Fish and Wild Game Information

Eating Safe Fish in MI

Eat Safe Fish Brochure

Eat Wild Game Brochure

Saginaw/Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination Advisory Group


Additional Resources

What is a Health Educator Specialist?

MI Healthier Tomorrow!

Infant Safe Sleep

Measuring Michigan's Performance

Healthy Michigan

The Dangers of Mercury

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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