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 Mission Statement Minimize

The Mission Statement of the Columbus County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote health and protect the environment for all citizens and to continually assess and respond to the health needs of the community as a whole. Public health looks not only at the individual but also the family and community.

With regard to stewardship of resources, public health strives for the most good for the greatest number of people.

 

The Mission is based on the following beliefs:

  1. Public health is community based.
  2. Prevention and early intervention are essential in maintaining health.
  3. The health of the individual affects the quality of life of the community.
  4. Health education is essential for making choices for health living.
  5. Individuals have a responsibility for their own health.
  6. All individuals should have access to basic health care.
  7. A holistic approach promotes optimal health.
  8. Health care providers are valuable resources for the community.
  9. A pollution free environment (clean air, water, soil, food) is essential
    to optimum health.
  10. The health needs of a community are dynamic and measurable.
  11. Quality assurance is essential in health care.

    

 Columbus Co Board of Health Meeting Minimize

Board of Health

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 6:00 P.M. Downstairs Conference Room

Columbus County Health Department  

 

AGENDA

 

                      I.      Call to Order and Invocation...........................................................Dr. Darryl Diefes, Chairman

        

                   II.      Welcome ………………………........................................................Dr. Darryl Diefes, Chairman

                III.      Approval of Agenda ………………………………………….……Dr. Darryl Diefes, Chairman

 

                 IV.      Public Comment ………………………………………...….……...Dr. Darryl Diefes, Chairman

                

                    V.      Approval of Minutes ……………..……..…………..............….….Dr. Darryl Diefes, Chairman

 

                 VI.      Annual Training …………………………………………………..David Howard, Ernest Watts

                                                                                                    Community Transformation Project

        

              VII.      Financial Update………..…….………………………….….….Charlene Bush, Budget Director

A.     Patient Count…………. November, December

B.     Financial Statement….. November, December

C.     Change in Fees for 2013

D.    Changes in Funds

 

           VIII.      Quality Improvement…..……………………………………...………. Martha Faulk, QA, QI

 A.  Quarterly Chart Review

 B.   Patient Satisfaction Report

 C.   Staff Development Plan

 

                 IX.      Nursing………………………………………….….…...….......Hilda Memory, Nursing Director

                  A.  New Family Nurse Practitioner

            B.  Flu Stats

 

  XI.   Environmental Health………………………Kristie Priest, Environmental Health Supervisor

                  A.  Lake Waccamaw Water Sampling Policy Revised

 

                    X.  Chairman’s Forum………………………….…......……...……...……...Darryl Diefes, Chairman

A.     Election of Chair and Vice Chair

                       

                 XI.  Director’s Forum……………………………….…...…...………..….Kim Smith, Health Director

 A.  Dental Update

 B.  Revised Operating Procedures

 C.  Revised Health Director’s Job Description

 D.  Health Director’s Activities

 

        XII. Comments—Board of Health

 

     Adjournment                                                     Date of next meeting:  April 30, 2014  6:00 pm              


      

 Flu Vaccine Minimize

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

The N.C. Division of Public Health joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone to make flu vaccination a priority this season.  Unlike last year, vaccine is plentiful, available and not restricted to particular age groups.  Everyone over the age of 6 months is encouraged to be immunized.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine, available in injectable and nasal spray formulas, has arrived at Columbus County Health Department. The vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 strain of the virus as well as two other anticipated flu strains.  For most people, that means only one flu immunization is necessary.  As usual, children under 9 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.  

Seasonal flu is most deadly for very young children and senior citizens.  However, the 2009 H1N1 flu disproportionately affected middle-aged adults and young people. The CDC estimated that more than 12,000 people died from H1N1 last year, including more than 10,000 who were under 65 years old.


In addition to vaccination, Columbus County Health Department encourages you to continue practicing health habits to protect yourself from flu viruses:
•    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash.
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
•    Stay home if you are sick. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Columbus County Health Department will be giving the annual seasonal flu vaccine Monday – Friday 1pm until 4pm, no appointment is needed. The cost remains the same as last year, $31.00. The cost is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

For more information on flu vaccinations and vaccine safety, visit

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm


La División de Salud Pública de Carolina del Norte en conjunto con los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) están alertando a toda persona a que haga de la vacuna contra la influenza su prioridad durante esta temporada. A diferencia del año pasado, existe suficientes suministros disponibles y no existe restricciones particulares para distintos grupos de personas o edades. Toda persona mayor de 6 meses de edad podrá ser vacunada.

Durante la temporada de influenza de este año, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Columbus cuenta con la vacuna inyectable y el aromatizador nasal. Esta vacuna le  protegerá contra la influenza de temporada y contra el virus del H1N1, así como otros tipos de influenza anticipados. Esto significa que solo tendrá que vacunarse una sola vez. Como es usual, niños menores de 9 años de edad que no se hayan vacunado contra la influenza en el pasado, necesitaran el que se le administren dos dosis de esta vacuna.

La influenza de temporada puede ser mortal tanto para niños infantes como para adultos de edad avanzada. No obstante el virus del H1N1 durante el año 2009 afecto desproporcionadamente a personas de media edad y jóvenes. Según los estimados del Centro del Control y Prevención de Enfermedades, mas de 12,000 personas murieron el año pasado a consecuencia del H1N1, incluyendo a los mas de 10,000 que contaban con menos de 65 años de edad.

Además de alertar a las personas en cuanto a la importancia de vacunarse contra la influenza, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Columbus, desea estimularlo a que continúe adoptando buenos hábitos de salud con el fin de protegerse contra los diferentes tipos del virus de la influenza, siguiendo las siguientes sugerencias:
• Cúbrase la nariz y boca con un pañuelo desechable cuando tosa o estornude. Tire el pañuelo desechable a la basura.
• Lávese las manos frecuentemente con jabón y agua, especialmente después que tosa o estornude. También puede lavarse las manos con limpiadores de manos con alcohol, los cuales son  efectivos.
• Evite el tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca; esto pudiera acrecentar la formación de gérmenes.
• Permanezca en su hogar si esta enfermo. Usted debe hacer esto al menos por 24 horas después que los síntomas tales como fiebre entre otros se le vayan, con la excepción si tiene que salir a recibir tratamiento medico o por alguna otra necesidad de importancia. La fiebre debe eliminarse con el uso de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Columbus estará administrando las vacunas para la influenza de temporada de lunes a viernes de 1pm a 4pm, sin citas. El costo de esta permanece igual que el del año pasado, $31.00. Si usted esta cubierto por algún seguro medico privado, así como Medicare y Medicaid, estos cubrirán el costo de la vacuna.

Si desea recibir más información referente a las vacunas contra la influenza, así como su efectividad y seguridad puede visitar el siguiente portal en el Internet:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm


      

 Try Prevention and Discover Health Minimize
We accept insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and self pay. 

The Department has sliding fee scale for 200% above poverty level to assist those with a need.

HOURS - Effective October 8, 2007
8:30 - 5:00 


ADULT HEALTH/HEALTH PROMOTIONS:

  • Screening Physicals:
    Are provided for men and women by appointment only.
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP):
    This is offered for women from ages 50 to 64 that are not eligible
    for Medicaid or Medicare.
  • Wisewoman Progam:
    This program is in conjunction with BCCCP to teach and promote all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.   The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides early screening and follow-up for breast and cervical cancer survivors.

    

 Contact Us Minimize

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday      
8:30a - 5:00p
Please call 910-640-6615 for
instructions on obtaining
after hours care.

Miller Building
304 Jefferson Street
Whiteville, NC 28472


P.O.BOX 810
Whiteville, NC 28472

Kim Smith
Director
kim.l.smith@columbusco.org
(910) 640-6615 voice
(910) 640 1088 fax

Sandra Harrelson
skharrelson@columbusco.org
Administrative Assistant
(910) 640-6615 ext 260

Hilda Memory
hilda.memory@columbusco.org
Nursing Director
(910) 640-6615 ext 264

Theresa Smith
tsmith@columbusco.org
Home Health Director
706 N. Thompson St
Whiteville, NC 28472
(910) 642 0147  Voice
(910) 640 3859  Fax

Dwayne Sholar
dwayne.sholar@columbusco.org
Laboratory Director

(910) 640-6615 ext 223

Kristie Priest
kpriest@columbusco.org
Environmental Health Supervisor
308 Jefferson Street                      
Whiteville, NC 28472
(P
.O.Box 810) 
910 640 6617  Voice
910 641 0766  FAX


    

 JCPC Minimize
Juvenile Crime Prevention Council meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 12noon.

The meeting location is the Whiteville City Admin. Bldg. in the Civic Room.

If you wish to be place on the agenda please call Julie Strickland, Chair at 640-6624

      

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