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Public Health Programs


What is HIV

What is AIDS

Options to Prevent


Hours of Service

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that causes AIDS.  This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact.  In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding.  People with HIV have what is called HIV infection.  Most of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.  An HIV-infected person receives a diagnosis of AIDS after developing one of the CDC-defined AIDS indicator illnesses.  An HIV-positive person who has not had any serious illnesses also can receive an AIDS diagnosis on the basis of certain blood tests.

PrEP: Are you HIV-negative but at very high risk for HIV with high risk behaviors? Taken every day, PrEP can help keep you free from HIV.

CDC Fact Sheet on PrEP

The only 100% sure way to prevent getting HIV/AIDS is by abstaining from sexual intercourse and from sharing needles.

Using a condom consistently and correctly  can help protect you from HIV/AIDS. Also avoiding contact with blood and using clean sterile needles for drug injections will decrease your chances of getting HIV/AIDS exposure.

If you may have been exposed to HIV* in the last 72 hours, talk to your health care provider, an emergency room doctor, or your local health department about PEP right away. PEP can reduce your chance of becoming HIV-positive.

CDC Fact Sheet on PrEP

The Huron County Health Department offers free, anonymous and confidential testing and counseling with same day results with rapid testing.  Call for an appointment. 


Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



(989) 269-9721, ext. 184

Contact Information

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

General Information

Services Available

Enrollment Sites

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Eligibility and Cost

Links of Interest

If you are not receiving regular breast and cervical cancer screening due to cost, you may qualify for no-cost screening through the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.  Participating clinics provide safe, reputable and thorough screening as well as follow-up care if needed.

  • Clinical breast exam

  • Mammogram

  • Pelvic exam

  • Pap smear

  • Some diagnostic tests, if needed

  • If a woman is diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, she may be eligible for medicaid insurance to cover treatment.

  • Huron County

    • Huron County Health Department

  • Sanilac County

    • Northbranch Family Healthcare

    • Marlette Family Healthcare

    • Family Healthcare of Brown City

    • Women's Integrated Health Care - Sandusky

    • Women's Clinic - Deckerville Hospital

  • Tuscola County

    • Cass City Medical Practice

    • Kingston Healthcare

    • Mayville Healthcare

  • Bay County

    • Family Health and Wellness Clinic - Essexville

    • Auburn Family Medicine

    • Great Lakes Bay Health Centers

    • University Clinic - Bay County Health Department

  • Saginaw County​

    • Lifetime Family Care

    • Women's OB/GYN - Saginaw

    • Great Lakes Bay Health Centers - Janes Street Clinic

  • St. Clair

    • Lake Huron Medical Group

    • St. Clair OB/Gyn

By Appointment Only.
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(989) 269-9721, ext. 165


TOLL FREE 1-877-269-0822

Uninsured and Underinsured women who are 40 to 64 and meet the income guidelines.

Uninsured and Underinsured women between the ages of 25 to 39 with abnormal breast exam by another provider and meet the income guidelines.    

Services offered may be FREE to women who qualify.  

Breast and Cervical Program Income Guidelines

Michigan Cancer Consortium


Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

Communicable Disease Program
Communicable Disease Program

General Information

Services Available

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Eligibility and Cost

The philosophy of the Huron County Health Department Communicable Disease Program is to reduce the incidence of communicable disease and infections through investigation, data collection, entry and analysis, case management, education, treatment or referral for care, feedback to providers, reporting of illnesses, enforcement of laws, and prevention.

Our public health system in Huron County depends on reports of diseases to help monitor the health of our community and to help with the framework for preventative action.

  • Provide education to clients, health care providers, and the public regarding the spread and control of communicable diseases/infections.

  • Promote health by way of education and preventive treatment.

  • Provide for collection and transport of specimens for diagnosis, when appropriate.

  • In the event of certain communicable diseases or infections, we investigate, follow-up and report as required by Michigan law.

By Appointment, Phone or Walk-in

Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Tuberculosis testing is provided  by appointment.  Clients are required to return to the Health Department. TB tests must be read 48-72 hours after the test.

(989) 269-9721

Michigan Communicable Disease Rules

All residents of Huron County are eligible for service.
No resident will be denied services because of inability to pay.

Children's Special Health Care Program
Children's Special Health Care Services Program

General Information

Services Available

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Eligibility and Cost

Links of Interest

The Children's Speical Healthcare Services Program is for children and some adults with certain eligible medical conditions as determined by CSHCS doctors.

The CSHCS Program can assist with:

  • Payment of specialty medical bills

  • Coordination of health insurance benefits

  • Coordination of services from multiple providers

  • Co-pays and deductibles from private insurance

  • Providing information regarding hospitals, physicians, and clinics

  • Support services for the primary caregiver of the child.

  • Coverage and referrals for specialty services based on your child's health condition.

  • Coordination of services to manage the many services provided by all providers working with your child's condition.

  • Mileage / Lodging Reimbursement

Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(989) 269-3330



Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years of age or younger.  Persons 21 and over with cystic fibrosis or certain blood clotting disorders may also qualify.  


The medical condition, NOT your income, determines if you qualify.


Family Phone Line - 1-800-359-3722


MDHHS Children's Special Health Care Services

Michigan Family to Family

Children's Special Healthcare Forms

Family Planning Program
Family Planning Program

General Information

Services Available

Contraceptives Available

Hours of Service

Family Planning Advisory-Information Education Committee

Contact Information

Links of Interest

Eligibility and Cost

The mission of the Family Planning program is to provide individuals the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children.  This program offers a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods, including natural family planning methods, infertility services, and services to adolescents.  Services provided through family planning clinics allow men and women to make well-informed reproductive health choices.  


  • Parental Consent is not required; however parental involvement is strongly encouraged.

  • Pregnancy testing, counseling and referrals

  • Contraceptive supplies

  • Counseling and referral for infertility problems

  • Health information and education

  • Blood pressure

  • Sexually transmitted infection education, testing and treatment for males and females

  • Pap smear

  • Breast exam

  • Referrals for sterilization for males and females

  • Counseling in contraceptive methods

  • Condoms

    • Condoms available at these locations:​

      • Health Department​

      • Lake Huron OB/Gyn

      • McLaren OB/Gyn

      • Happy Days

  • Oral Contraceptives

  • Spermicides (foam)

  • Depo Provera Shot

  • Nuva Ring

  • IUD (Intrauterine device)

  • Plan B (Emergency Contraception)

Appointments encouraged, will accept walk-ins if schedule allows;

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Clinics available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Late clinics hours are 10am to 6:00pm (closed 1:30pm to 2pm)

Call office for specific information regarding scheduling


Next Meeting: 
October 2019 - TBA
Huron Area Tech Center (HATC)
Public Welcome

(989) 269-9721, ext. 162

Parental consent not necessary for adolescents.  Women of childbearing age and men are eligible. 
A sliding fee scale is used to determine a client's ability to pay.  Federal poverty guidelines are used as standards in determining costs.  Medicaid is accepted as well as most private or commercial insurances.


The Huron County Health Department's Family Planning program Instagram campaign is supported by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial
assistance award totaling $96,470 with 10.37 percentage funded by OPA/OASH/HHS and $0.00 amount and 0 percentage funded by non-government source(s). The contents are those of the author (s) and do not necessarily
represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by OPA/OASH/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit:

Geriatric Program
Geriatric Program

General Information

Project Fresh

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Eligibility and Cost

The Huron County Health Department's Geriatric program has been established to assist with the needs of all Huron County seniors.

The Geriatric program provides assistance with:   

  • Making referrals for clients who need community resources.

  • Providing education and blood pressure checks at meal sites and other community venues on geriatric issues.

  • Collaborating with area physicians and hospital personnel to assure client needs are met.

  • Home visits can be provided to assess for client needs.  Home Care is not a service of this program.

Coupons available for fresh fruits and vegetables to be used at local farmer's markets.  These are typically available in May of each year.

Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(989) 269-9721 Ext. 198

Free to all Huron County seniors.

Hearing and Vision Programs
Hearing and Vision Programs

General Information

Hearing Screening

Vision Screening

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Eligibility and Cost

The goal of the Huron County Health Department Hearing Program is to identify hearing loss in children as early as possible to help reduce preventable hearing loss or ear disease, and initiate necessary steps to alleviate and reduce the trauma of hearing loss.  The goal of the Vision program is to identify children with vision problems and assure referral to eye care professionals.  Early identification of an eye problem is important to your child's future.

Children of school and preschool age are screened for hearing problems at regular intervals by a hearing technician.  The screenings are conducted free of charge in all Huron County schools and by appointment at the health department.  School hearing screenings are provided annually to children in preschool, kindergarten, grades 2 and 4.  Any other children age 3 or older, who are referred to the program by a parent, teacher, or school nurse because of a suspected hearing problem will also be screened.  

The technicians who perform hearing screenings are trained and evaluated by the Michigan Department of Community Health to properly administer the tests.

Most of the hearing losses found in this program are in the mild to low-moderate range of severity.  The physician will often find an external or middle ear problem to explain these losses and offer corrective treatment.  Children with moderate losses, or worse, often have a permanent inner ear component even if external or middle ear pathology is identified.  These children may require extensive otological, audiological and educational evaluation.

Children of school and preschool age are screened  for vision problems at regular intervals by a  vision technician.  The screenings are conducted free of charge in all Huron County schools and by appointment at the health department.  School vision screenings are provided annually to children in preschool, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and in conjunction with driver's education.  

Any other children age 3 or older, who are referred to the program by a parent, teacher, or school nurse because of a suspected vision problem will also be screened.

The technicians who perform vision screenings are trained and evaluated by the Michigan Department of Community Health to properly administer the tests.

Vision screenings include testing for muscle imbalance and visual acuity. 


Monday through Friday - by appointment

Hearing - (989) 269-3326
Vision - (989) 269-3307

Screenings are provided at regular intervals in all Huron County schools. 
Any child age 3 or older who is referred by a parent, teacher, or school nurse because of a suspected problem will be screened.

Screenings are available FREE of charge.


General Information



After the Shot -

What to Expect

Additional Links


Eligibility &


The mission of the Immunization Program is to reduce vaccine preventable diseases by providing affordable immunizations to all people from birth through adulthood.  The goal is to have all Huron County residents up-to-date on their immunizations appropriate for their age.

Immunizations are a series of shots needed to avoid serious illness due to vaccine preventable diseases.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis

Prevents three diseases: Diphtheria which can cause fever, chills and a blocked windpipe; Tetanus, known as Lock-jaw causes breathing problems, extreme pain and often leads to death; Pertussis, known as Whooping Cough causes severe coughing and pneumonia.

Hepatitis B

Prevents Hepatitis B infection which can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Haemophilus Influenzae B

Prevents Haemophilus Influenzae B disease which can cause meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Prevents three diseases: Measles, which cane cause pneumonia, deafness and brain damage; Mumps which can cause deafness and inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord; and Rubella which can cause birth defects in unborn children.

Inactivated Poliovirus

Prevents Polio which can cause fever, muscle pain, crippling and death.

Varicella (chickenpox)

Protects against Varicella Zoster Virus or chickenpox which can cause fever, skin lesions and other serious complications.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PVC13) & Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

Protects against Pneumococcal disease that can cause sickness and death. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis.


Vaccine protects infants from rotavirus that causes high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The vomiting caused by rotavirus can be frequent, persistent and severe.

Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus)

Vaccine protects adolescents and young adults from the Human Papillomavirus that causes 70% of cervical cancers and about 90% of anal and genital warts.

Menactra (Meningococcal) - Trumemba

Meningitis infects the bloodstream, lining of the brain and spinal cord (causing meningitis).


Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu causes severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. All people 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. 

Hepatitis A

Prevents Hepatitis A infection which causes a liver disease. Receiving this vaccine can provide long-term prevention of HAV infection.

Shingles (Zoster)

Shingles, also called herpes zoster or zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). VZV is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body. Usually the virus does not cause any problems; however, the virus can reappear years later, causing shingles. Herpes zoster is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease. 


Some children may feel sick after receiving a shot. Below are some things to help your child feel better:

  • For redness or swelling at the shot site, apply a cold washcloth to the site.

  • Exercise the arm or leg in which the shot was given.

  • Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) may be given to lessen discomfort.

  • Comfort your child. 


Your nurse will give you a record of your child's shots.  Keep it and carry it with you every time you visit your doctor or the Huron County Health Department.

Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR)

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)

CDC Vaccines

ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Vaccine Education Center

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Clinics are held by appointment.  ​Please call (989) 269-9723 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins accepted. A parent or legal guardian must be present with a child under 18 years old. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship. 

Outreach clinics are held in Sebewaing and Harbor Beach. Please call for an appointment.

All Huron County residents are eligible for the Immunization program.  

Vaccine for children (VFC) and Michigan Vaccine for children (MI-VFC) eligibility criteria includes children who are in enrolled in Medicaid; have no health insurance; are American Indian or Alaskan Native; or have insurance with no immunization coverage when the child presents for vaccinations. Children who qualify for VFC & MI-VFC will receive free vaccinations and may be required to pay a $20.00 administration fee for each vaccination. Parents of children who do not qualify for VFC & MI-VFC will be required to pay vaccine and administration fee if their insurance does not cover it. Families with financial hardship may call to discuss payment options.

Adults needing immunizations should call our office to determine the vaccine costs, administration fees and insurance coverage information.

MIChild/Healthy Kids Insurance
MIChild/Healthy Kids Insurance

To help Michigan's families get health insurance sooner, the Michigan Department of Community Health and e-Michigan have developed an on-line application for enrolling in the MIChild and Healthy Kids Programs.

MIChild and Healthy Kids cover most medically necessary health care needs including:

  • Ambulance

  • Dental

  • Doctor Visits

  • Family Planning

  • Health Check-Ups

  • Hearing and Speech

  • Home Health Care

  • Hospice Care

  • Hospital Care

  • Immunizations (shots)

  • Lab and X-Ray Tests

  • Nursing Home Care

  • Medical Supplies

  • Medicine

Any Many More Services ..........


You may apply on-line at the following web site address:

Or you may call 1-888-988-6300 to have an application mailed to you.  This call is toll free.

If you need assistance applying, the Huron County Health Department can assist you with the process.  Please contact us at (989) 269-9721 for more information and to set up an appointment.


How much income is allowed?

Every family's situation is different.  You may call toll free 1-888-988-6300 to get more information.

Most MIChild families pay a premium of $10.00 per month or $120 per year, regardless of the number of childern in the family with MIChild coverage.  There are no copays in MIChild.

General Information

How to Apply

Eligibility and


Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

General Information

Hours of


Contact Information

Eligibility and


Additional Information


The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a Home Visiting program for pregnant women and infants with Medicaid insurance. MIHP provides support service to women and to parents so they have healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes and healthy infants.

Pregnant Mothers:

  • Free Chidbirth Education classes

  • WIC benefits provided with appointments

  • Breast feeding support

Finding help for:

  • Baby supplies

  • Transportation assistance for medical appointments

  • Mental health concerns

  • Domestic violence or abuse concerns

  • Housing

  • Food


  • Teach you how to keep your baby safe

  • How to feed your baby and assist with nutrition problems

  • Monitor your baby's development with developmental screenings

  • Provide parenting support

  • Referrals to parenting classes

Huron County Health Department is open Monday through Friday 8 to 4:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  


MIHP visits available by appointment.  Professional visits will be provided either in your home or at the office.

(989) 269-3326

Pregnant women and infants receiving Medicaid are eligible for MIHP services.  MIHP is a free program.


Go to the Michigan Department of Community Health web page at

Questions or want to apply for Medicaid? Call 1-800-642-3195 or go to

Questions or want to apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan, call 1-855-789-5610 or go to

If you need further assistance, you may call the Department of Health and Human Services at 989-269-9201.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Program
Sexually Transmitted Infections Program

General Information

Description of Services

Hours of


Contact Information

Eligibility and


The mission of the Huron County Health Department Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Program is to reduce the number of STI's through diagnosis, treatment, and education.  The program operates on an "as-needed" basis.  Authority is given to the Public Health Department according to Public Act 368 of 1978 (revised, October 1993).

STI stands for sexually transmitted infections.  Every year more than 12 million cases are reported in the United States.  Because the infections often cause few or no symptoms and may go untreated, both men and women are at risk for complications from STI's.  In women, STI's may lead to ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, cervical cancer and poor pregnancy outcomes.  In men, STI's may lead to sterility, inflammation of the testicles, painful ejaculation and urination, and chronic prostate infection.  STI's include chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus and syphilis.

Condom Effectiveness and Reliability

When used consistently and correctly, latex condoms are very effective in preventing a variety of STIs, including HIV infection.  Most cases of condom failure probably result from incorrect or inconsistent use.

HPV vaccine is available to prevent cervical and other cancers in males and females.

  • The Huron County Health Department provides a comprehensive STI program in a way that protects a client's dignity, privacy and confidentiality.

  • All services are provided despite race, religion, age, sex, or disabilities.

  • The STI clinic provides each client with a risk assessment.

  • The client has an intake interview with a nurse practitioner or an RN who is trained in the education and treatment of STI's.

  • The STI clinic may also test and treat gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

By Appointment Preferred.  Walk-ins will be accepted as time and staff availability allow.
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(989) 269-9721, ext. 162

STI education and information is available for all citizens.  Services are offered on a sliding scale, based on income.  Services will not be denied due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.  Donations are welcomed to help support continuation of services.

Substance Use Disorder
Substance Use Disorder

General Information

Hours of Service

Contact Inforamation

The goal of the Substance Abuse Prevention program is to decrease underage drinking as well as tobacco and other drugs.

•    Provide education in area schools on substance use
•    Coordinate services with other human service agencies and community coalitions including Suicide Prevention and Recovery Roundtable
•    Coordinate Everyone for Prevention (E4P) – a youth driven coalition to reduce substance use
•    Collaborate with area schools for completion of MiPHY (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth) survey
•    Provide vendor education to tobacco retailers
•    Conduct tobacco compliance checks in Huron County 

Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(989) 269-9721, ext. 110

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

General Information

Hours of Service

Contact Information

Nutrition Education

Eligibility and Cost

WIC Client Portal Site

The WIC Program of the Huron County Health Department is a supplemental food program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Community  Health.  WIC provides supplemental foods which promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of five.

  • Nutrition education

  • Breastfeeding education & support

  • Benefits for nutritious food items

  • Referrals for other health and social services

  • Health history evaluations

  • Blood test for anemia

  • Immunization screening

  • Counseling with a registered dietician for special needs including anemia, weight issues, etc...

  • Confidential participation]

By Appointment on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Outreach clinic in Sebewaing, 2nd Wednesday, every other month

  • Outreach clinic in Harbor Beach, 4th Wednesday, every other month 

Late Clinic by Appointment,

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month until 6:00 p.m.

(989) 269-3301

Completing on-line nutrition education, recipes and helpful information.

WIC Health

The WIC Program is FREE to eligible participants who meet the WIC Program Eligibility.

(WIC benefits may be redeemed at any Michigan WIC approved store/vendor)

WIC Income Guidelines

Visit the Client Connect Portal to see if your eligible for the WIC Program. If you are already on WIC you can create an account to and have access to:


  • Benefit's

  • Upcoming appointment

  • Request appointment

  • Change personal information


WIC Connect:


Michigan WIC also has an app!

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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