Outreach

Worksite Wellness

The Health Department offers wellness packages for worksites that can be tailored to meet each worksite’s specific needs.  Programs and services will be provided at each individual worksite.  The Health Department can provide education and prevention services to worksites related to decreasing risks associated with:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

Both the employer and the employee can benefit from Worksite Wellness packages.  Learn more here.

Care Coordination for Children

Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) is a case management program offered to families with children ages birth to five who are at risk or have developmental delays or disabilities.  The program offers resources, support, and coordination of services for the children.  The program enables each child to develop to the best of his/her potential. 

For more information, call 828-587-8286 or click here.

Smart Start

Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) are health professionals who know about child health, child development, and health and safety in child care settings. CCHCs and the child care staff work together to promote healthy and safe environments for young children.

Child Care Health Consultants have expert information, resources, and referrals to offer. Through onsite and telephone consultation, health education and technical assistance CCHCs work with individual child care facilities to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children. CCHCs partner with child care providers to:

  • Assess the health and safety needs and practices in the child care facility.

  • Develop strategies for inclusion of children with special care needs.

  • Establish and review health policies and procedures.

  • Manage and prevent injuries and infectious diseases.

  • Connect families with community health resources.

  • Provide health education for staff members, families and children.

Child Care Health Consultants interpret NC Child Care Rules and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards to provide guidance to child care programs. They are not responsible for regulating child care facilities. 

For more information, please call 828-587-8280 or 828-587-8275.

Pregnancy Care Management

The Pregnancy Care Management (PCM) program offers case management services, education, resources, and referral information to any pregnant woman who is Medicaid eligible.  Services may begin anytime during the pregnancy.  Assistance is provided as needed such as:

  • Applying for Medicaid
  • Locating housing
  • Obtaining other services such as food stamps and transportation

There is no charge for this program yet a mother must be eligible for Medicaid or Baby Love Medicaid.  However, all referrals are accepted to determine other program eligibility.

For more information, call 587-8268 or click here.

Child Safety Seat Program

The Jackson County Department of Public Health has Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff.  Technicians are on duty each day to assist with child safety seat checks, provide educational information on child safety seats, and to assist with purchase and installation of a new child safety seat.

Child safety seats available for purchase at the Health Department include:

  • Convertible and Booster seats for infants and children weighing up to 80 pounds: $25 each
  • No-Back Booster seats: $10 each

Jackson County Department of Public Health participates in the Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program.  It officially launched on January 1, 2014.  The goal of the CPS Diversion Program is to increase enforcement which will lead to greater compliance and safer conditions for child passengers in our community.  By participating in the Diversion Program, those persons cited for not complying with the law will receive education and procure the appropriate seat for their child.   The participants in the program will be required to purchase their own child car safety seat and in turn the certified CPS Technicians they meet with during diversion will give them personal instruction on how to keep their child safe and utilize the child car safety seat correctly.  In some cases child car safety seats will be available to be purchased at a reduced cost for those who qualify. Upon completion of the program, participants are to produce proof to the court provided to them at the time of diversion which will in turn allow the District Attorney to enter a dismissal.

This Diversion Program is a partnership between the Office of the District Attorney, state and local law enforcement, OFSM (Office of the State Fire Marshall), Jackson County Department of Public Health, Jackson County Social Services, Jackson County Public Schools, Jackson County Emergency Management, and Safe Kids Jackson County.