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 michael.rhodes@greenecountync.gov
 

Health Officials Encourage Caution as Temperatures Rise

RALEIGH – Public health officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging citizens to take extra precautions against heat-related illnesses as daytime temperatures are heading into the mid- to upper-90s as parts of the state face the warmest temperatures of the year.

There were 263 emergency department visits for heat-related illness statewide July 2-8, according to the North Carolina Heat Report. Most people seeking emergency care said they were gardening, hiking, attending outdoor events or working on landscaping and roofing projects. Other cases were related to alcohol use and diabetes. The report is posted weekly to
http://publichealth.nc.gov/chronicdiseaseandinjury/heat.htm.
 
“As we approach these dangerously hot temperatures in North Carolina, we urge residents to take precautions when doing outside activities,” said Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist. “Whether you are outside for work or recreation, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids to minimize risk of heat-related illness.”
 
Symptoms of heat-related stress and illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting and can be avoided with proper precautions. Children, older adults, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to illness during the hot summer months.
 
To reduce risk of heat-related illness:
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take breaks in cool or air-conditioned environments if spending multiple hours outside
  • Check with your physician about how to stay safe if you take medicines that make you more vulnerable to heat, such as drugs for high blood pressure, migraines, allergies, muscle spasms, mental illness and tranquilizers
  • Reduce time spent outside during the hottest part of the day, usually 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, especially during warm or hot weather as temperature levels inside a car can reach a lethal level in a matter of minutes. 
For more information on how to prevent heat-related health issues and to learn about heat-related illness in North Carolina, visit: http://publichealth.nc.gov/chronicdiseaseandinjury/heat.htm.
 

 

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.

“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/.
 

2016 State of the County Health Report

Greene County Health Department is pleased to share the 2016 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 2016 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 joy.brock@greenecountync.gov

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, July 11, 2017 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 joy.brock@greenecountync.gov.