Nicole Alston, WIC Director, Teamwork

Nicole Alston, WIC Director

Monday through Friday during the hours of eight to five you often hear a random, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” It always brings a smile to my face especially since I refer to my coworkers as the “Dream Team”. I truly appreciate the efforts of each member of my team and understand that working collaboratively together is the only way to be successful while working to enhance health in our community. Teamwork means working together as a group, each person contributing their strengths, and supporting one another to meet our customers’ needs. Quite recently, we worked to make connections with community partners, customers, and the vendor when we adopted NCCARE 360 (an electronic referral platform) to help us address the circumstances that affect our customers’ health. With this electronic referral system, we have been able to address needs more quickly and promote better health in our community.  I totally agree with the quote by Harry S. Truman that says, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Christy Allred, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, Communication

Christy Allred, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator

Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals. There are many forms of communication: language, common symbols, signs, or behaviors. Communication is important because it bridges the gap between individuals and groups through flow of information and understanding between them. As the public health preparedness coordinator, communication is important because there is a lot of collaboration between community partners, and also within the health department. A good example of communication in action is that we have a sheltering workgroup made of several organizations including the Health Department, American Red Cross, Department of Social Services, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, and others that meet regularly to discuss plans for sheltering activities in the case of an emergency where citizens need a safe place to shelter. Good communication helps us serve the community by having plans for Public Health emergencies that we have discussed, reviewed, and exercised to help keep the citizens of Alamance County healthy and safe.