Accomplishments in 2017 included:
- Released the 2016 State of the County Report
- Adopted “Be the 1 To” suicide prevention campaign to encourage and educate residents to Be the 1 to…..Ask, Keep them Safe, Be There, Help them Connect, and Follow Up.
- Implemented Suicide Prevention Month in September 2017 where the MH&SA committee hosted and/or supported the following:
- A kickoff event, where we had presentations and presence by Linnea Smith, Jaki Shelton-Green and Mayor Tom Stevens, and a personal testimony by Janaki Nicastro
- A day of prayer
- An awareness walk on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill where the personal story/experiences were shared by Rwenshaun Miller, LPCA, and had participation and involvement from 50 to 100 students and residents
- A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training for community members to educate and teach residents 3 simple steps to suicide prevention.
- Trained 15 agency partners on the basis of the Eat Smart Move More Consistent Messaging Campaign which is a movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity with the goal to reduce childhood and family obesity in Orange County.
- Hosted 2 Transportation Academies in October where partners learned the basics of local transit from each of our public transportation agencies (i.e. Orange Public Transportation, Go Triangle and Chapel Hill Transit) to better help them assist clients connect to low-cost/no-cost transportation services.
- Hosted the first ever Try Transit Week October 23 to 28, to bring awareness to public transportation and the many resources available to increase utilization of services, and provide free service to those with little to no transportation.
Accomplishments in 2016 included:
- Released the 2015 Orange County Community Health Assessment
- Development of the 2016 to 2019 Community Action Plans for the 3 identified community health priorities of access, mental health and substance abuse, and physical activity and nutrition
Accomplishments in 2015 included:
- Conducted the 2015 Orange County Community Health Assessment
Accomplishments in 2013 included:
- Awarded $8,500 through the Project Lazarus Community Coalition Grants Program for North Carolina to continue current efforts toward preventing prescription drug misuse/abuse in Orange County.
- Used Project Lazarus funding to purchase and distribute Naloxone, also known as narcan, by way of the Orange County Health Departlment (OCHD) beginning December 2013. OCHD is the first health department in North Carolina to issue a standing order for an opioid screening and distribution program.
- Approval was granted to three Healthy Carolinians members to attend the 2013, 2014 Injury-Free North Carolina Academy: "Building Capacity for Injury and Violence Prevention". The academy's intent is to build skills to understand the epidemiology of prescription drug poisoning and prevent prescription drug overdose through evidence-based approaches.
- Worked closely with law enforcement, the Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Teenagers, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth, DEA, and Safe Kids to purchase and implement drug drop boxes in the lobbies of the three local police departments. The boxes allow for consumers to easily and safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs.
- Partnered with Pfizer, Project Lazarus, the Governor's Institute, and Access Care to offer "Pain Narrative for Primary Care" to educate medical providers on safe and proper chronic pain treatment and the Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS). Topics included: the nature of pain/role of opioids, risk stratification and initiating treatment, intervening and when to stop monitoring and adapting the treatment plan. There were 29 participants present, nine of which were prescribers, and two unregistered prescribers took advantage and registered for the CSRS during the training.
- Co-sponsored and financially contributed $250 to the screening of "Of Two Minds", which was held on March 27, 2013. This award winning documentary explored the lives of Americans living with bipolar disorder. Personal stories of traumatic events, discriminiation, and the effects of social stigma were shared.
- Continued partnering with Orange County Schools and UNC Sports Club to coordinate and support PLAY (Preparing Lifelong Active Youth). September 2013 began PLAY's fourth year. To date, participation has included: over 3,000 students from Orange County Middle School's After School program, more than 25 sports and activities offered through the University of North Carolina, with the participation of nearly 600 college students.
- Collaborated with the Community Tranformation Grant program (CTG) and the Orange County Health Department in data collection and submission of the 2013 North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Outlet Inventory, where 18 Orange County surveys were collected among farmers' markets and roadside stands.
- Provided six local farmers' markets with enhancement kits to allow for on-site cooking demonstrations.
- Supported and participated in the Healthy Classroom Challenge/Healthy Kids Day. In Spring 2013, eight schools and pre-school participated in this six week challenge that engaged children and teachers in lessons and activities promoting healthy eating and increased physical activity. Orange County Health Department's Child Health Consultant visited six of the pre-kindergarten and preschool classrooms to deliver fun lessons engaging children in physical activities and encouraging children to eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, which reached 127 children.
Accomplishments in 2012 include:
- Continued to support and coordinate the Orange County Preparing Lifelong Active Youth (PLAY) to Move More in the Orange County School system.
- Expanded the Healthy Classroom Challenge to include an additional nutrition education component lead by the Health Department’s Child Health Care Consultant to outreach to more students in school classrooms. Performances still a part of Healthy Kids Day event activities.
- Collaborated with the Orange County Health Department, Cooperative Extension Master Gardners, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and many others to offer two Garden Expos. The Growing Healthy Families Garden Expo was held March 2012 in Hillsborough, NC outside of the Wal-Mart. A portion of the Garden Expo was held at the April 2012 Healthy Kids Day event at the Chapel Hill Carrboro. A large number of presenters from community organizations led activity-oriented and information sessions.
- Partnered with Orange County's Health Promotion Committee to re-launch the Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) Orange County Consistent Messaging Campaign. Twenty partner organizations in Orange County participated using various strategies to promote a different key ESMM health message each month (October 2012 to March 2013) within their organizations and to various audiences. Campaign participants encouraged individuals and families to think differently about what they eat and how much they move.
Accomplishments from 2011 include:
- Awarded a $625,000 Drug Free Communities grant (for 5 years) to support the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth, an initiative of HCOC, to reduce underage drinking and youth prescription drug abuse in Hillsborough and other rural parts of the county.
- Increased participation during the second year of the Orange County Preparing Lifelong Active Youth (PLAY) to Move More program. Orange County Schools also adopted a physical activity procedure to meet recommended standards for physical activity for students during after school. Teachers are encouraged to dedicate at least one 30 minutes of after-school time to doing activities that get students moving. Be Active North Carolina trained over 30 teachers in December 2011 to teach them ways they can engage students in physical activity that promotes learning and well-being of both students and teachers.
- Continued the Healthy Classroom Challenge in school classrooms to reinforce the importance of physical activity and better nutrition with children, families, and the Orange County community. Institutionalized the program to make it a permanent part of Healthy Kids Day activities.
- Held the 5th Annual Real Men Rock Event at the Walmart in Hillsborough. Organized a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction Campaign between January and May 2011 in collaboration with the Nurse Leadership group at the UNC Women and Children’s Hospital to outline and implement campaign strategies, which included: Nurse Curriculum and Training, On-line Continuing Education Opportunity; and Educational efforts for new parents. Funding for high interest/low literacy posters in English and Spanish on safe sleep practice was provided by the Child Fatality Task Force/Prevention Team. Posters were distributed to 14 hospital clinics and inpatient units and 6 local community clinics. Potential program reach extends beyond Orange County and to all of North Carolina.
- Completed the 2011 Orange County Community Health Assessment. Established new priorities including access to health care, chronic disease/health promotion, mental health and substance abuse and injury.
- Produced and updated the Directory of Mental Health Services to increase knowledge and access to available mental health services in the Orange, Person, and Chatham Counties. The Directory includes general information about state and county mental health services and a listing of private mental health providers in Orange, Person, Chatham, and Durham Counties including providers' contact information, services, fees, accepted insurance plans (including Medicaid/Medicare), and other information the provider chose to include. The Directory is available on the Healthy Carolinians of Orange County publications page.