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Programs and Community Activities

Community Assessment

At least every four years, the Health Department, Healthy Alamance, and other community agencies work together to complete a comprehensive community health assessment. This document provides information about the health of Alamance County and about our community’s capacity to improve the lives of our residents. Information about population, employment, education, teen pregnancy rate, death rate, injury rate, crime rate, disease rate, and many other important quality of life factors are included in this report.

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Healthy Alamance is the local Healthy Carolinians partnership in Alamance County. In 1997, over 150 Alamance County citizens came together to talk about health issues specific to our area. These leaders knew that in order to progress toward improved physical fitness and well-being, individuals would have to take responsibility for their own health. This could happen only when communities were allowed to choose the issues that were important to them. It was from this process that Healthy Alamance was born. Healthy Alamance is a partnership between Alamance Regional Medical Center, the Alamance County Health Department, Alamance-Caswell Local Management Entity (LME), and the Alamance County Department of Social Services.

For more information about Healthy Alamance, click here.

LAUNCH

NC Project LAUNCH is a program that promotes the health and wellness of young children birth to age eight, and their families. The Alamance County Health Department became the lead implementation agency for North Carolina LAUNCH in 2011. The main goals of LAUNCH are to support young children’s healthy physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, to help strengthen families, and promote parent-child interactions that support healthy development. These goals are being met are through the work of Early Childhood Mental Health Teams working on-site in Pediatric Medical Practices in Burlington N.C. (Burlington Pediatrics and Kernodle Clinic Pediatrics). The Early Childhood Mental Health Team is a 2-person team that works full time in these practices to provide additional services and supports for young children and their families. One team member is an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and the other is a Family-Centered Health Navigator. The Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Specialist is a licensed behavioral health professional and the Family-Centered Health Navigator (FCHN) is an experienced and specially trained parent of a child with special health care needs.

Project LAUNCH also facilitates the Alamance Home Visiting Consortium, a 12-agency group that is working together to create more seamless home visiting services for families. The project helps strengthen families through the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). Over 160 community partners have been trained in this evidence-based parenting support resource that is used all over the world to give parents simple tips and routines to help manage the big and small problems of family life, and promote their children’s learning and health. The Early Childhood Mental Health Teams are trained in Triple P and so are many of the doctors and nurses in the doctor’s offices. Families can also receive Triple P assistance in many places they routinely receive services and supports in Alamance County.

For more information contact martha.kaufman@alamance-nc.com, Project Director; or Ann.meletzke@alamance-nc.com, Project Manager. Independent evaluation provided by Duke Center for Child and Family Health. LAUNCH is funded by SAMHSA through the NC Division of Public Health.

NC Project LAUNCH is featured in the CDC/Duke/de Beaumont Foundation Practical Playbook:       https://practicalplaybook.org/success-story/north-carolina-improves-child-wellness-programs

NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Award 2013 for NC Project LAUNCH:                              http://www.ncgskfoundation.org/child-awards.html

Project LAUNCH & Alamance Alliance Newsletter: Give Your Child the Best Beginning: http://issuu.com/news_review/docs/snr_alamance?mode=window

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Smoke-Free Restaurants in Alamance County

On January 2, 2010, by law, all restaurants and bars in North Carolina became smoke-free. Before this law was enacted, the Health Department, Healthy Alamance, and the Alamance-Caswell Local Management Entity worked on Alamance County’s Smoke-Free Restaurant campaign since 2002. When the project began, 33% of restaurants in Alamance County were smoke-free. Up until January 2, 2010, that number had grown to over 56%.

To report a bar or restaurant not in compliance with the smoke-free restaurants and bars law, click here.

Public Health Preparedness Program

The Health Department works with our partners in Emergency Management to plan for and respond to public health emergencies resulting from natural or man-made disasters. The Health Department seeks to organize supplies and personnel to respond efficiently and effectively to public health challenges.

  • Write and exercise emergency operations plans for the Strategic National Stockpile and Pandemic Flu Response.
  • Educate community about emergency preparedness for families
  • Outreach to people most vulnerable to disasters, such as people with disabilities, the elderly, and people of imited incomes
  • Recruit and train a Medical Reserve Corps

For additional information on the Alamance County Health Department’s Public Health Preparedness Program, click here.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

In July 2005, the Health Department formed the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition with membership from Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC), Alamance Partnership for Children, Kidspath, Family Center of Alamance, Department of Social Services and NC Healthy Start Foundation.

The goal of the coalition is to reduce the number of infant deaths in the county, especially among our African American community. The coalition is implementing a Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign, Safe Surrender campaign, and working to track infant deaths to help identify social, economic or environmental causes that may contribute to infant mortality.

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Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Since 2003, the Health Department has reached over 400 boys and girls ages 11-17 through the Teen Outreach Program (TOP). Currently TOP is being implemented in several middle schools in the Alamance-Burlington School System.

TOP is a science-based curriculum aimed at fostering the positive development of adolescents. TOP seeks to promote health behavior among teens, helps them gain valuable life skills, and gives them a sense of purpose through meaningful opportunities to contribute to the community.

Child Asthma Program

The Alamance County Health Departments Office of Health Education and Promotion works closely with Alamance Regional Medical Centers Pediatric Asthma Center to educate asthmatic children (birth to age 17) and their families about ways to control and prevent asthma attacks. A team of nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, and an environmental health specialist work together to assist families with asthmatic children. Services are free of charge. For more information, please call (336) 538-7036 for more information.

Nebulizers are also loaned for a short period of time through Medicap Pharmacy free of charge to children who do not have Medicaid or Health choice and need them on a short-term basis. For more information, please call (336) 584-8878.

Safe Kids

Safe Kids is a coalition made up of health professionals from ARMC, the Health Department, Burlington Police, Sheriff’s Department, American Red Cross, local Fire Departments, and other community agencies, working to:

  • Generate awareness of the consequences of accidental injuries and empower the community to prevent them.
  • Strengthen child safety laws and regulations.
  • Provide lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who need them.
  • Promote leadership in child safety through effective and sustainable partnerships.