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What Do North Carolinians Need to Know about Dengue Fever?

As the summer season wanes, we will focus on another mosquito-borne illness: Dengue Fever.

Dengue is not as well known as West Nile Virus. The principal mosquito culprit is Aedes aegypti, a mosquito not resident in our state. However, due to our proximity to the Caribbean, we do see travel-related cases of Dengue Fever in North Carolina.  Dengue is endemic in the Caribbean, and the virus also affects more than one third of the human population worldwide. As many as 100 million people are infected with the Dengue Fever each year.  Like West Nile Virus, Dengue infections can range from mild to severe. Find out more.

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Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes were a topic on the blog in June, but with the recent West Nile Virus death in Wayne County, we thought mosquito protection was worth mentioning again with more focus on West Nile Virus. Click to keep reading.

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Integrating Quality Improvement into the Child Health Program

Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) has been participating in the North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality (NC CPHQ) Quality Improvement 101 Training Course since October 2011. NC CPHQ provides grant funding to local health departments interested in improving the quality of their service.  Click here to read more

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Breast is Best

Trying to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby?  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and American Dietetic Association (ADA) all agree that breastfeeding is best for babies and for new mothers. Experts agree that mothers should exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life. Mothers should continue to breastfeed their babies up to a year after the introduction of solid foods.

 Breastfeeding benefits for new mothers::

  • Promotes faster weight loss after childbirth
  • Helps the uterus contract to its normal size
  • Decreases stress due to the release of oxytocin
  • Gives new mother’s more time to rest
  • Reduces the incidence of heart attack, diabetes, and anemia

Breastfeed babies have:

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less diarrhea
  • Less constipation
  • Fewer colds and ear infections
  • Better vision
  • Lower rates of infant mortality
  • Possibly lower rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Healthier jaw and tooth development and are
  • Less likelihood of obesity later in childhood

Worried that you won’t be able to breastfeed once you return to work? The following are tips to help working mothers continue to breastfeed after they return to work:

  • Make a commitment – you can do it!
  • Get breastfeeding off to a good start – it will be easier to pump when you return to work if your milk supply is well established.
  • Get connected to new mothers who are also breastfeeding. You will need all the support you can get.
  • Ease into your new routine – Try to start back to work on a Thursday or Friday so you are not overwhelmed.
  • Expect setbacks, but don’t get discouraged – (things probably won’t go exactly as you planned.)
  • Make your morning getaway easier by getting organized the night before.
  • Breastfeed as often as you can when you are with your baby.
  • Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids.
  • Enjoy nighttime nursing – it’s a great time to bond with your baby.

For more information on breastfeeding, visit the following websites for excellent resources and information.

International Lactation Consultant Association – www.ilca.org

La Leche League International –  www.llli.org

Dr. Sears – www.askdrsears.com

To connect with other breastfeeding mothers, visit   http://breastfeeding.blog.motherwear.com/

Or if you are a breastfeeding mother and you have questions or concerns, call the Breastfeeding Warm Line at UNC Hospital at 866-428-5608. The UNC Lactation Clinic is available to mothers whether or not they delivered at UNC Hospitals.

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Health Department Conducts Community Health Assessment

The Chatham County Public Health Department is currently working on the 2010 Community Health Assessment

The Community Health Assessment is completed every four years by the health department to find out what are the top health priorities in Chatham County. The health assessment also identifies what factors affect the health of a population and what resources are available within the community to address these factors. The last Community Health Assessment was completed  in 2006. 

The Community Health Assessment Steering Team began the 15-month process in September 2009. The team is made of representatives from the health department, agencies, non-profits, health agencies can we say health and human service agencies and use agency only once, local government, school system, and Chatham community members. 

The team put together the interview and focus groups guides and the Community Opinion Survey. Should this say that the team is interviewing  key informants in the community and conducting focus groups and then talk about the survey.   Members of the steering team took part in a training to conduct interviews and focus groups with Chatham County residents. 

After all the data from Chatham residents and health statistics is collected, the steering team will pull out the top health priorities for the county. The health priorities will be listed in a comprehensive report due out on December 6th

If you would like to help the health department collect data from Chatham residents, please take the Community Opinion Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010CHAsurvey. The survey will be open until July 1st.

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