National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." The Health Department would like to remind residents that National Preparedness month is a good time to prepare not only for the next hurricane or flood but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. By completing a disaster plan in advance, you can ensure that you and your family are more prepared for all types of disasters and other emergencies. For more information click here to view the ReadyNC.org web site.
National Child Passenger Safety Week 2019 is September 23-29, which highlights the importance of ensuring that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seatbelt. Make sure children are always properly buckled in the back seat in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The Health Department is pleased to announce that we have extended our hours. We will now be open from 8:00am until 6:00pm. We believe that this will help better accommodate your needs by providing more hours in which you can schedule an appointment. For more information please call our office at 910-893-7550 or click on the title.
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 on October 11, 2019. Pre-registration is required. Click here for an application for a screening mammogram. For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram, funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria. Click here for the Mammography Assistance program. For more information call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
Harnett County Health Department will offer the Prevent T2 program beginning Thursday, October 17th from 5:30pm-6:30pm. There is a one-time fee of $5.00 for the program. You will work in a group with a trained coach to learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to your life, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The Prevent T2 program offers a chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Prevent T2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Your Prevent T2 group will meet for a year—once a week for 4 months, every other week for 2 months, and then once a month for 6 months to maintain your healthy lifestyle change. For more information click here.
October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are pleased to invite you to the “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” which is an educational event that provides information and resources about women’s health and breast cancer. The Health Department along with community partners will sponsor the annual “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00am-11:00am (doors open @ 8:30), at the Governmental Complex-Commons Area located in Lillington. This is a free community event, however registration is required. The registration deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019. To register call the Health Department at (910)-814-6197. For more information click on the link to view the Pink Ribbon Breakfast flyer. Help us to fight hunger! Please bring a food donation with you to the Pink Ribbon Breakfast (peanut butter, rice, or canned fruit or vegetable). Items will be donated to the Harnett Food Pantry.
Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of Aplisol and Tubersol which are used for the tuberculosis (TB) skin test screenings. During this shortage, the Harnett County Health Department has implemented a screening questionnaire that will be completed by clinicians to determine if testing is needed. If determined that no testing is needed, a copy of the questionnaire along with information will be given to the patient which should satisfy the requirements for school and or employment. As a result of the shortage, individuals will have (TB) skin test screenings postponed until the shortage is over. These changes are being implemented under recommendations from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, please call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.
Congratulations to the following Nurses at the Harnett County Health Department: Donna Surles, Melissa McLamb, Patricia Davis and Ainsley Johnson. They have been chosen as part of the “100 Distinguished NC Public Health Nurses”! We are extremely proud of our Nurses and honored for them to be receiving such an important award. This award is being given as part of the 100 Years of the Office of Public Health Nursing in NC Centennial Celebrations. For more information about NC Public Health Nursing click here .