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.
Did you know that for every $1 invested in food and nutrition education 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.”
For the first time, the Chatham County Public Health Department is offering free tobacco cessation classes beginning in January to both Chatham County residents and Chatham County employees. If your New Year’s resolution is to quit using tobacco, don’t miss this opportunity to receive personal instruction from experienced staff.
Last year’s classes were a big success in helping several individuals kick the habit for good. Participants will receive a free QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit and support from fellow program attendees during the three sessions.
Want to learn more? Join us on Wednesday, January 21, at 5:30 pm at the Central Carolina Community College Campus in Pittsboro, in the Main Administrative building, Conference Room #1. Please contact Jennifer Park by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-545-8444 to register. Space is limited, so call or email now to reserve your spot.
Every four years, the health department, as a requirement of the state for accreditation, conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA). Part of our assessment is a community survey, where we reach out to county residents for perspectives on their community’s main health issues.
Next week, from March 12-15, county employees and volunteers will be going door-to-door to speak directly with residents. The survey was created by the CHA Steering Committee, which consists of over 40 community members and staff from local organizations and agencies. In total, the team aims to get around 210 responses from randomly-selected households across the county. The methodology is based on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) CASPER methodology. Learn more about the health assessment and community survey!
Last month, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution designating February as Spay/Neuter Month. Chatham County Animal Control would like to remind everyone why this is important. Every day, thousands of animals are euthanized in animal shelters across the country due to pet overpopulation. Pet overpopulation is a completely preventable problem.
We as a community must work towards preventing overpopulation through sterilization. Chatham County is very fortunate to have a voucher program that allows qualified pet owners to have their pet surgically altered for only $20. Chatham Animal Rescue and Education also has a spay and neuter program that allows pet owners to get their female pets surgically altered for free. For more information on either program and how you can help reduce pet overpopulation, please contact Chatham County Animal Services at 919-542-7203. Click here to meet Bella the terrier pup!