Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Public Health Month is an opportunity to celebrate our statewide public health system. In Harnett County, the Harnett County Department of Public Health staff have been working with and serving the public health needs of Harnett County residents for many years. From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease, or educating people about health risks. Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. Public health saves money, improves our quality of life, helps children thrive and reduces human suffering. For more information click on the title to view click on the title to view the video "What is Public Health?" or contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held April 27, and returning on May 23, 2017. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
Spring and summer mean more outdoor time and more chances for people to come in contact with wildlife. Rabies is a serious disease. It is caused by a virus. Rabies is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when they are bitten by infected animals. Your pets can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies. Vaccinate your pet. Maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to wildlife. Spay or neuter to decrease the number of stray animals. Report any stray or ill animals to Animal Control. For more information on Rabies Prevention, click here or on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site or call the Health Departmentís Environmental Health Division at 910-893-7547.
Public health agencies in North Carolina are required to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) once every three to four years. This CHA is intended to describe the current health status of the community, what has changed since the past assessment, and what still needs to change to improve the health of the community. The 2016 Community Health Assessment (CHA) team included the Harnett County Department of Public Health, Harnett Health System, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Department of Public Health, Healthy Harnett, the Healthy Carolinians partnership for Harnett County. Click on the title to view the first section and to view the Appendix to this document see the Downloads box below. For more information contact our office at 910-893-7550.
The Health Department will sponsor a Women’s Health Lunch and Learn on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Government Complex located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. The topic is Menopause: a Time of Change this session will offer important information regarding women’s health issues related to hormone changes and tips on staying healthy during menopause. This is a free event, however, registration is required, seating is limited (lunch will be provided). The deadline for registration is Monday, May 8, 2017. For more information click on the title and to register please call 910-814-6298.
Harnett County Health Department will sponsor the “Don’t Miss a Beat: Control High Blood Pressure” Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, May 16th in the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. The program will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Dr. Ashley Lewis with NC Heart and Vascular will provide an informative presentation on high blood pressure and ways to control it. To register for the lunch and learn call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, May 12th. For more information, click on the title.
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.To view a list of drug disposal sites located in Harnett County click on the title.
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