2015 Health of Chatham Report now Available

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The 2015 Health of Chatham report is now available online. Click here to view the report, which is available in English and Spanish. The annual report provides updates on progress and status of the health priorities, which were determined through the 2014 Community Health Assessment process.



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Everyone deserves a life free of violence. Sexual violence is an urgent public health problem that impacts millions of women and men each year. Nearly 1 in 5 women (19.3%) and 1 in 59 men (1.7%) have been raped in their lifetime.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future.

Take steps to make a difference:

  • Be an engaged bystander: intervene when you witness behaviors that promote sexual violence.
  • Contact your local rape crisis center to volunteer or to obtain resources. For contact information, visit: http://www.nccasa.org/need-help/nc-rape-crisis-centers. In Chatham County, please visit Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services (FVRC) at http://www.fvrc.org/.
  • Talk to your friends about healthy relationships.
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes about sexual assault.
  • Promote healthy, respectful relationships in families by:
    • Fostering healthy parent-child relationships.
    • Developing positive dynamics and emotionally supportive environments.
  • Provide support and listen to survivors of sexual violence.

When everyone is involved, prevention is possible. For more information, visit nsvrc.org and nccasa.org.


Public Health Month is Here!

Did you know that for every $1 invested in food and nutrition edapha_infographicucation there is a $10 return in reduced health care costs? Or that childhood immunizations save $9.9 million in direct health care costs? Public Health saves lives and saves money too. Public Health week is April 6th-10th, 2016 but the Chatham Public Health Department celebrates the whole month of April! Check out the National Public Health Week website to see how we can become the healthiest nation in the world by 2030.

Here are some more public health facts from nphw.org

  • Over 24 million homes have lead-based paint hazards, which put children at risk of lead poisoning.
  • In 2013, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions.3 The majority of these deaths are in low-income communities and communities of color, where sidewalks and streets are more likely to be poorly maintained.
  • Many urban neighborhoods and rural towns have plenty of fast food chains and convenience stores but not enough grocery stores selling fresh, healthy and affordable food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23.5 million people in the U.S. live in a food desert.
  • Warmer weather exacerbates the risks of strokes, heart attacks, asthma attacks, and the spread of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.
  • In 2012, the Institute of Medicine reported that “the current generation of children and young adults in the United States could become the first generation to experience shorter life spans and fewer healthy years of life than those of their parents.”



March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

During the month of March, colorectalLove your Life, Love your Colon. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to know your risk factors &
reduce them.  Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and detectable.

Take It One Step at a Time.  You can control a number of risk factors for Colorectal Cancer, including:

  • Do not smoke:  If you smoke – quit!  Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  A Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25 reduces your risk of developing a chronic disease.
  • Be physically active:  Get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity most days of the week.
  • Get screened:  Individuals with a family history or who are 50 years old are more likely to have colorectal cancer.

For more information about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, visit http://www.ccalliance.org/awareness-month/

Adapted from NC DHHS.


February is Teen Dating Violence (DV) Awareness Month

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’d like to remind you that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522.

* From loveisrespect.org