Helping, supporting and caring for others is a natural extension of Union County’s responsibilities. As Henry Ford said, “To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.”

 

 

   

 

Child Health Professionals Work to Create
Healthy Child Care Environment

Union County’s Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC’s) are trained health professionals with education and experience in both child and community health and early care and education who work with child care programs to assess, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to achieve high quality, safe, healthy child care environments. The CCHC program is funded by and in partnership with the Alliance for Children. CCHC’s assess health and safety environments in child care centers and homes; develop strategies for inclusion of children with special health care needs; support early educators with preventing and managing injuries and infectious disease; connect early educators to community health resources; provide up-to-date information on regulations and best practices; and, provide health and safety technical assistance and training to staff. One of the most important programs provided by CCHC’s is the Henry the Hand program. This hand awareness program was developed by Dr. Will Sawyer, Infectious Disease Specialist, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. The program is being implemented in Union County child care centers and homes by Fran Hoover, BSN, RN, Child Care Health Consultant. The program is designed to train students and caregivers to prevent the spread of respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections by proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Well children learn better, and if hand awareness is taught before age 5, children will be more likely to practice lifelong habits of excellent hand hygiene and cough etiquette, thus reducing absenteeism from school and loss of work time for parents.

 

 

 

 

 

NC Department of Public Safety Partners with the Union County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

The N.C. Department of Public Safety partners with Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPC) in each county to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent juvenile crime. Union County’s JCPC consists of 26 board members from various walks of life and backgrounds. Board members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and meet the second Wednesday of each month. The JCPC is responsible for: (1) reviewing the needs of juveniles in Union County who are at-risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or delinquent; (2) reviewing the resources available to address those needs; (3) prioritizing community risk factors; (4) determining the services needed to address those problem areas; (5) developing a request for proposal for services in need; (6) submitting a written funding plan to the County Commissioners for approval; (7) evaluating program performance; (8) increasing public awareness of the causes of delinquency and strategies to reduce the problem; (9) developing strategies to intervene, respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at risk of delinquency; (10) providing funds for treatment, counseling or rehabilitation services. The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice earmarks approximately $22 million to local JCPCs annually. In Union County’s FY 2019 budget, the Board of Commissioners allocated $294,504 to help subsidize Union County’s JCPC programs and services.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Health Equity Institute 2018

Human Services held its Health Equity Institute 2018 event on April 27. The Health Equity Institute brought together 110 experts and professionals from throughout Union County to explore the social determinants impacting the health and well-being of Union County residents. Attendees included Novant Health & Atrium staff, faith-based leaders, elected officials, Wingate University and UNC Charlotte staff and students, Sheriff’s Office staff, Union County Public Schools staff, Union County Public Health and DSS staff, and representatives from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. Topics discussed at the Institute included community engagement, sustainable employment, mental health, faith-based programs, reproductive justice, juvenile justice, individuals with disabilities, breast/colorectal cancer, emergency room utilization and more. Of those attending, 97 percent rated the Institute as excellent, and 3 percent rated it as very good.