Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Public Health Nursing Manager
Melissa Maillette - Emergency Preparedness & Health Education Manager
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Kirk Herrick - Medical Director
Dr. Howard Hurt - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

Bayside Park Investigation


Cancer and DiseaseCluster Update 

March 21, 2017  - 6:00 pm atBangor Township Hall


 What is a CancerCluster

According to the Center for DiseaseControl and Prevention - “A cancer cluster is a greater than expectednumber of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people in a geographicarea over a defined period of time.”

 A greater than expected number -Occurs when the observed number of cases is higher than one wouldtypically observe in a similar setting (e.g., in a group with similarpopulation, age, race, or sex). 

Of cancer cases -All of the cases must involve the same type of cancer, or typesof cancer scientifically proven to have the same cause.
  • What kindof cancer do the members of our group have?
  • Do we knowwhat causes those kinds of cancers?
That occurs within a group of people- The greater than expected number of cancers is seenafter accounting for the distribution of race, ethnicity, age, and gender inthe population for purposes of calculating cancer rates.
Ina geographic area - If the cancer cases are linkedtogether by residence the calculation of the expected number of cases willdepend on how we define the geographic area where the cancer cases live. 
Over a period of time- The number of cases included in the cluster—andcalculation of the expected number of cases—will depend on how wedefine the time period over which the cases occurred. 

Banger Township Town Hall Meeting

PowerPoint Presentation

ATKPeerlessSoil Analysis Summary

ATKPeerless TopographicLocation Map

ATKPeerless Disposal SiteSummary Sheet