Opportunity for Public Comment

It is our responsibility, as a Health Department, to inform the public when there is a change in operations.  Starting in January 2017, the Health Department will close from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM during our monthly Staff Meetings.  Monthly Staff Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month (please refer to the Community Events Calendar for any discrepancies in this schedule). 

As an agency, we are asking for feedback from you on this change in operations.  Take a moment to fill out this one-question survey on this change.  Thank you for your feedback as we work to provide the highest quality of service to our residents.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PZBGWZV

Smoke and Wildfire in Jackson County

The Jackson County Department of Public Health is advising residents and visitors to be aware of the possibility of smoke and fire in and around Jackson County. Please note that some are more susceptible to smoke than others. Review the fact sheet below for more information on susceptible populations and what to do when smoke is limiting visibility.

Input Needed for the State Health Assessment

In preparation for seeking accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board, the Division of Public Health and its partners have completed a State Health Assessment with 5 identified priorities.  Now they need your input on the process and priorities.  If you would like to review and provide input to that important process, please go to this link:  http://publichealth.nc.gov/sha

2016 Summer Camp Memos!

Annually, the Communicable Disease Branch of the NC Division of Public Health releases Summer Camp Memos to ensure a safe and healthy summer camp experience for campers and staff.  For anyone running a summer camp in Jackson County, check out the memos below on Rabies Prevention and Tick/Mosquito Prevention:

For questions, call the Health Department at 828-586-8994.


Did you know-- HPV is the most common STI in America? It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, meaning you don't have to have sex to get it. You only have to come into contact with an infected person's genital area. Get protected. Get the HPV vaccine at the Health Department. Call 587-8289 to make an appointment.

Trust for America's Health & RWJ Foundation Injury Prevention Report

The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has just released the second edition of The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report.  TFAH and RWJF worked with experts from the Safe States Alliance and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Prevention (SAVIR) who provided guidance on the report. 

The report provides an overview of a wide range of injury and violence-related issues, including overviews of:  budgets/funding and  government programs and recommendations that support them - and overviews of topics including: seat belts, driving under the influence, child car seats and boosters, graduated drivers licenses, distracted driving, older drivers, speeding, red light cameras, motorcycle injuries, bicycle and other vehicle safety, complete streets initiatives, homicide, assault, school-related violence, bullying, gang-related violence, suicide, firearm safety, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, rape and sexual assault, child maltreatment, falls, drowning, home-related injuries, fires, traumatic brain injuries, poisoning, and prescription drug overdose and misuse.  The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) has provided a technical review of the document. 

The report also features a set of 10 indicators as examples highlighting strategies for preventing injuries and violence.  The examples provide a snapshot of some key policies and programs, and is not a comprehensive review.  To be included, indicators must have data available in all 50 states and were selected to help illustrate a range of challenges.  Safe States Alliance state representatives provided a review of the status of individual states for the indicators. NC's state-specific report is available here


InjuryFree NC

Check our InjuryFreeNC.org-- one of NC's best sources for injury and violence prevention data, policy updates, and upcoming events.  As a collaboration between a team of injury prevention experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Injury Prevention Research Center and the NC Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, InjuryFreeNC provides up-to-date research, fact sheets, and reports on injury and violence prevention strategies focused on improving population-level health. 

The team engages experts in each topic area to ensure the latest, consensus-driven information is provided. From the latest data to a policy tracker on the NC General Assembly, InjuryFreeNC is the online hub for injury and violence prevention across the state.

Public hearing set for animal shelter

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be available for public comment on May 04, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building – Big Room, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva, North Carolina.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive public input concerning a new animal shelter in Jackson County.  Citizens are invited to make written or oral comments.