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Social media launch kicks off month-long Public Health Month activities




BURLINGTON – A new era of connecting with the community officially begins today at the Alamance County Health Department (ACHD) with the debut of its presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“Really, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke,” said Eric Nickens, Jr., ACHD Media and Public Affairs Officer.  “The community, as well as our current clients and patients have desired this form of interaction with us for quite some time.  With the assistance of the county MIS Department, we’re elated to finally make this service available.”

By “Liking” us Facebook and “Following” us on Twitter, residents of Alamance County and beyond can stay informed on the latest events, news, and new services offered by health department.  In addition, the community, as well as current clients and patients can provide the health department with valuable feedback regarding current and potential future programs and services.

April also kicks off North Carolina’s Public Health Month celebration.  Public health is present everywhere, every day and in everybody’s life, but many in our communities are not even aware of this silent force in their lives.  Public health affects us all, ensuring that food served in our restaurants is safe to eat, keeping our water clean, making sure our children are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, and generally contributing to the quality of life in our county.

ACHD will celebrate Public Health Month with a variety of activities throughout the month, including various education programs, a rabies vaccination clinic, and participation in community-wide events, such as Healthy Kids Day at Burlington City Park and the Mebane Dogwood Festival 5K Run.  For a complete summary of activities, please visit the Public Health Month section on the health department’s website.

Since 1938, the staff of the Alamance County Health Department have been working with and serving the public health needs of Alamance County residents, providing clinical, environmental, and community health education programs and services that are critical to the well-being of the community.  For more information about the health department or any of its programs or services, please call (336) 227-0101.