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Monday, March 24th, 2008

The nation’s most comprehensive study of the health and nutritional status of Americans officially got underway in Guilford County on March 9, 2008. Locally, the Guilford County Department of Public Health will be assisting with publicity, education efforts and the identification of local referral sources until the program ends on May 8.

Each year, approximately 7,000 randomly-selected residents in 15 counties across the nation have the opportunity to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The Guilford County initiative is expected to reach 26 neighborhoods, interviewing about 840 persons and providing over 350 exams.  NHANES is very much like a ‘health exam center on wheels that goes out into actual communities to get data on real Americans.  It truly is a unique resource for health information in this country, and without it we wouldn’t have data on a number of important health conditions.  We are excited that Guilford County will have the opportunity to be a part of determining the “health picture” of our county, state and country.

Our second piece of exciting news is regarding Public Health Month activities.  April is Public Health Month, and is a time for all of us to recognize the contributions made by public health and to celebrate public health!  Did you know that in the last century, Public Health was sited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for “ten great public health achievements” such as:  vaccinations, motor-vehicle safety, safer workplaces, control of infectious diseases, decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke, safer and healthier foods, healthier moms and babies, family planning, fluoridation of drinking water and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.  And we are working now on the “next achievements” list with public health preparedness planning, rabies vaccination programs, the reduction of infant mortality; and the list goes on.

Here are some of the services and programs we are offering in April:

On April 1, we are hosting “Don’t Gamble with Your Health:  Numbers Do Matter,” a free health screening and education event from 5 to 7 p.m.at our 501 East Green Drive High Point location. We will provide these screenings free of charge: blood pressure, diabetes & cholesterol (non-fasting, finger stick), HIV, syphilis and for men, ages 40 and older the prostate cancer (PSA) blood test (one blood draw for all 3 of these tests).  A number of educational displays will be on hand too.

On April 9, an HIV testing event will be held on the campus of NC A&T.  We are partnering with Black Entertainment Television (BET), NC A&T and Bennett College for Women, and Moses Cone Health System to provide this free screening event. It is open to anyone and no appt is needed. It will be held at A&T’s campus, specifically the Dudley building and Harrison Auditorium from 11am-6pm, with a panel discussion from 6-8pm.

On April 9, we are hosting “Don’t Gamble With Your Health:  Numbers Do Matter,” a free health screenings and education event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, in Greensboro.  We will provide these screenings free of charge:  blood pressure, diabetes & cholesterol (this is a non-fasting, finger stick), HIV, syphilis and for men, ages 40 and older the prostate cancer (PSA) blood test (this is one blood draw for all 3 of these tests).  A number of educational displays will be on hand too.  

On April 12, 2008, bring your pet to the Military Park at 2332 New Garden Road in Greensboro for a rabies shot. As you know, all pets over the age of 4 months should be vaccinated against rabies.  The cost is $5 per shot and is good for one year. Parking will be located in the visitor’s lot on Old Battleground Road.

On April 21, if you need a hair cut or manicure, come to our fundraiser for our Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) anytime between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Artiste Hair and Nail Design Company, which is off Guilford College Rd in Greensboro, behind the Pizza Hut.  NO appt is needed. Just walk in for a wet cut and blow dry for $25 or a basic manicure for $15.  All proceeds go to help provide screening exams for eligible women.

On April 24, we have another low cost rabies vaccination clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. at WGHP FOX 8 studio, 2005 Francis Street in High Point. The cost is $5.00 per shot and is good for one year.

And lastly, on April 24, we encourage all residents but particularly parents and grandparents to attend “The Physical and Emotional Effects of Gang and Youth Violence,” Greensboro Medical Society’s Second Annual Community Lecture. We are co-sponsoring the event along with the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers.  The event will be held from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church on 1106 Tuscaloosa Street in Greensboro.  It is free and open to the public.  A sandwich supper and childcare for children ages 4 and older will be provided .For more information about these events and other services, call us at 641-7777, or visit our website at www.guilfordhealth.org




Monday, March 3rd, 2008

As we eagerly prepare for the arrival of spring, the American Public Health Association (APHA) wants to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for a possible public health emergency. With this in mind, APHA recently launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging Americans to make sure their emergency preparedness kits are stocked when they change their clocks for daylight saving time.

The campaign is entitled “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” and it reminds us to:  1) Change our clocks for daylight savings time; 2) change the batteries in our smoke detectors on the same evening;  3) make sure that we have a fully stocked emergency kit, and that none of the perishable items have expired.

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP, executive director of APHA stated “When we spring forward this year, we want every American to make sure their family has a preparedness kit to fall back on in the event of an emergency.”

The campaign reminds people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disease outbreak or disaster occurs. It also serves as a reminder that, if you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one!

The American Public Health Association’s website reminds all Americans that in the weeks leading up to when the nation “springs forward,” public health professionals around the nation will be encouraging their communities to use daylight saving time as a reminder to ensure their emergency preparedness kits are stocked and up-to-date. Families are encouraged to check their emergency kits to be sure that they have at least a three-day supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods and essential medications set aside for each member of your family. This is also perfect time for people to re-familiarize themselves with their community’s emergency preparedness plan, including evacuation routes, emergency shelters and the location of food banks.