Health

The mission of the Greene County Health Department is to Protect, Preserve and Enhance the public health of Greene County through a commitment to the principles of public health practice in our community.
 

Michael Rhodes, Director

227 Kingold Boulevard, Suite B
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone (252) 747-8183
Fax (252) 747-4040
Email mrhodes@co.greene.nc.us
 

Raccoon tests positive for rabies

On Monday, February 20, Greene County Health Department received information from the North Carolina State Lab that a raccoon the health department sent to be tested on Friday, February 17 tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.  

According to Michael Rhodes, director of Greene County Health Department, there is no known human or animal exposure to the raccoon at this time. Health Department officials urge you to vaccinate your dogs and cats to prevent the spread of rabies.  

A rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Greene County Health Department (227 Kingold Boulevard, Snow Hill). “Keeping your pets up to date on their vaccines is crucial to their health and the safety of our county,” Rhodes said.


Job Vacancy: Office Assistant IV

Primary Purpose of Position: The primary purpose of this position is to greet the general public, obtain required data in completing requests for Animal Control and Environmental Health, and provide correct information on policies and procedures in these programs. This position serves as the secretary to the Animal Advisory Board (AAB). This position answers incoming telephone calls daily dealing with the public and routes calls to appropriate staff, prepares all outgoing mail (USPS & Courier), opens and date-stamps incoming mail (USPS & Courier); and purchases all supplies for all the Health Department programs. This position also processes NC Vital Records for Greene County births and deaths.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Receives all incoming calls for Environmental Health, Animal Control and Administrative sections. In response to inquiries, analyzes and provides correct information and instructions regarding department programs or refers customers/patients to appropriate staff. 
  • Completes requests for services; applications and complaints for Environmental Health and refer complaints for Animal Control to the County Manager’s Office.
  • Coordinates activities for processing of on-site waste water permits with GIS/Planning Department.
  • Receives fees for Environmental Health and will be responsible for such monies.
  • Receives death and birth certificates for Greene County and reviews them for accuracy, then files them with Greene County Register of Deeds. Prepares weekly reports for NC Vital Records.
  • Talks with vendors via face-to-face, telephone, or internet, concerning prices, orders, deliveries, invoices, returns of supplies for the Health Department.
  • Bi-monthly, attends Animal Advisory Board meetings as acting Secretary.
  • Occasionally relieves other management support staff during lunch breaks, meetings or absence.

Required Minimum Training: Graduation from high school and demonstrated possession of knowledge, skills and abilities gained through at least two years of office assistant/secretarial experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary: $24,042 

Position available immediately.  Submit a completed state application form (PD 107) with cover letter and resume to:

            Office Assistant IV Vacancy
            Greene County Health Department
            227 Kingold Blvd., Suite B
            Snow Hill, NC  28580                                   

No phone calls please!

EOE/ADA


Flu on the Rise in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Influenza activity and flu-related deaths are rising in North Carolina as the peak of the 2016-17 flu season nears. Three influenza-associated deaths were reported during the week ending Dec. 31. The total number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season is now seven; this does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state, since many go undiagnosed or unreported.

Influenza is now widespread throughout most of North Carolina. State health officials encourage all residents to protect themselves and others against the flu. Although vaccination early in the season is recommended, it is never too late to get vaccinated and help protect yourself and others from the spread of this dangerous, sometimes deadly virus.
  
“Flu will still be circulating for at least the next several weeks," said Zack Moore, MD, MPH, Acting State Epidemiologist."Getting vaccinated now helps protect you and those you come in contact with.”
 
The number of flu-associated deaths reported in North Carolina since 2009 has varied from nine during the 2011–2012 season to 218 during the 2014–2015 season. This serves as a reminder that flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over age 65, children under five, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.   
 
Moore encourages everyone to use precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses, including:

  • Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly
  • If you are sick with flu, stay home until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours

For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.
 
Weekly updates on flu surveillance data are now available at www.flu.nc.gov


Greene County encourages residents to take easy steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but residents of Greene County can “Tip and Toss” to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites.

Mosquito-borne infections including, LaCrosse encephalitis and West Nile virus, are common in North Carolina. At this time, no cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection or transmission have been reported in North Carolina. As of July 13, 2016, nineteen travel-associated Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the state, none in Greene County.

“Mosquitoes are common in our area, but we can take measures to limit the risk of being bitten and contracting a mosquito-borne infection,” said Michael Rhodes, Greene County Health Director. “With concerns around the spread of the Zika virus, we can use the Tip and Toss practices to protect ourselves and our neighbors from the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

By knowing how to control mosquito breeding areas and how to protect yourself from being bitten, you can join us in taking precautions against the Zika virus, as well as other more common mosquito-borne illnesses in our community.

Prevent Mosquito Breeding:
Here are a few ways you can get rid of standing water and reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and property.
  • Tip or empty containers in your yard that can collect standing water from flowerpots, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths at least weekly.
  • Securely cover unused swimming pools and cement ponds.
  • Clean gutters so water runs freely.
  • Be sure to tightly secure screens on all openings on rain barrels used for water conservation.
  • Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and use air conditioning if you have it.
  • Toss or throw away any trash or leaves that may be around your home or in rain gutters. 
Protect Yourself - Reduce Exposure:
Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your family & friends from mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • Use repellents that contains DEET (30% or less for adults, 10% or less for children) to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Wear clothing, such as long pants, long sleeve shirts and socks if possible.
  • Avoid activities in areas with lots of mosquitoes, and going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
For more information on the Zika virus, visit http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/zika/ or http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
 

 

Job Vacancy: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Key Duties:  Assist WIC (Women, Infants, Children) Program staff in providing breastfeeding promotion. Primary responsibilities of Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the WIC Program include completion of the NC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training Program, quarterly Peer Counselor training, breastfeeding supplies training; working one-on-one with pregnant/breastfeeding moms who participate in the WIC Program to provide basic breastfeeding information, encouragement and support; counsel with clients regarding any questions or concerns/complications with breastfeeding, etc. via face-to-face at the Health Department or telephone.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:  Must have the ability to read, write and command English and Spanish languages. Must be flexible and adaptable to changes in schedules and practices.  Must be empathic and sensitive to cross-cultural populations. Must possess the ability to follow written and verbal directions to accurately record basic data and report pertinent observations, and perform required physical tasks as requested.  Must be enthusiastic about breastfeeding, have a desire to share that enthusiasm and possess effective listening, counseling and communication skills; must be comfortable with providing hands-on breastfeeding assistance; must be self-motivated and able to work independently; must be well organized and demonstrate effective and efficient use of time in accomplishing job tasks; must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license to attend training and meetings; must be familiar with computers and data entry.

Minimum Education, Experience and Qualification Standards:  High school or GED and one year of experience in interpreting and translating both English and Spanish in a setting that requires knowledge of the programs or services. Must demonstrate the fluency and skills necessary to meet the needs of the health department, WIC Program and client populations servedMust be currently breastfeeding or have done so in the past.

Salary: $9.15 per hour (11 hours per week).  Position available immediately.  Submit a completed state application form (PD 107) with cover letter and resume to:

            BFPC Vacancy
            Greene County Health Department
            227 Kingold Blvd., Suite B
            Snow Hill, NC  28580                                   
 
No phone calls please!
EOE/ADA
 

 

Greene County Animal Control is now under the supervision of the Greene County Manager's Office

Effective November 1, 2014, Greene County Animal Control is under the supervision of the County Manager's Office. The Greene County Board of Commissioners made the decision in October after a series of discussions with the Greene County Health Director, Michael Rhodes. The phone number for the County Manager's Office is (252) 747-3446. The Greene County Animal Shelter reopened to the public on November 1, 2014. The Animal Shelter is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Lead Animal Control Officer: Joe Smith (252) 939-6334
  • Animal Control Program Supervisor: Kyle DeHaven (252) 747-3446

 


 

2014 State of the County Health Report

Greene County Health Department is pleased to share the 2014 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report. This report provides an annual review of the health of our community, tracks progress regarding health priorities and concerns, and identifies new initiatives and emerging issues that affect the health status of Greene County residents.  The information is designed to educate and update community members, community leaders, elected officials and local agencies.  Click here to view the 2014 SOTCH Report.

For more information about how public health is working for you, feel free to contact Joy S. Brock by phone (252) 747-8183 or email jspence@co.greene.nc.us

County residents are also encouraged to attend regular meetings of the Greene County Board of Health to learn more about public health in the county.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Health is Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Health Department.

 


 

2015 Community Health Assessment 

The Community Health Assessment process is a four‐year cycle in which local health departments across North Carolina are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) in their respective counties. The CHA is required of public health departments in the consolidated agreement between the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the local public health agency. Furthermore, a CHA is required for local public health department accreditation through the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Board (G.S. § 130A-34.1).

Community Health Assessments are the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address those issues. The completed CHA serves as the basis for prioritizing the community’s health needs and culminates in planning to meet those needs.

To view the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Greene County, please click here.

 


Community Health & Wellness Resource List

Click here to access the Greene County Community Health & Wellness Resource List

 


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For more information regarding public health issues or health department services, contact Joy S. Brock at (252) 747-8183 or jspence@co.greene.nc.us.