The Health Promotion Team works within the community to assist local organizations with policy development and implementation, environmental changes such as walking trails, worksite wellness programs, joint use agreements and coalition building related to health priorities. Our work is focused on health priorities that have been identified by the county’s most recent community health assessment.
The Health Promotion team, with the assistance of multiple community partners including Caldwell Memorial Hospital, lead efforts in conducing the Community Health Assessment every three years as a way to identify the needs of the community. Community members are asked to provide input into the selection of the county’s health needs and come together to identify interventions that target those needs.
In 2014, Caldwell County selected the following priorities:
2014 Community Health Assessment Action Plan Implementation
Continuing Kid’s Corner at Sawmills Farmers' Market the last Tuesday of the Month and 1 Saturday a month at Caldwell County Market.
Youth Health Groups
TRU LIFE (Tobacco Reality Unfiltered Life In Full Effect) Student group at Caldwell Early College. This group will focuses on health and advocacy work in both the school and the community. Some topics they are interested in are healthy corner stores, tobacco prevention, healthy items being available in the cafeteria, etc.
We are in hopes to start a new group at another location fall 2016.
Partnering with Caldwell County Council of Adolescent Health to educate the "Always Changing" program.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Every year, more than 800,000 people in our world die from suicide. The Community Outreach Department is interested in your opinions and ideas on suicide and suicide prevention. As part of the Injury-free NC Academy, we are conducting a survey across the 23-county catchment area that will help to establish the needs, attitudes, and resources in the counties that we serve. We’d like your help in this process.
First, we’d like to encourage you to take the survey and share your thoughts and opinions. It can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V587868
For requests for health education materials (brochures, data and information) or health education services (presentation, health fair, etc.) at public events and organizational meetings/events processed, the related forms below will need to completed and returned to the Health Education Supervisor.
Caldwell County Health Department is also the lead agency for SafeKids Caldwell County. Caldwell County Health Department and Granite Falls Fire Dept are permanent checking stations. Contact Anna at the Health Department (828-426-8506) or Granite Fire Dept (828- 396-2379) if you would like to have your car seat checked.
Anna Martin, MPH
Health Education/Promotion Supervisor
Email Health Education Department
Kelsey Pfaff, MA, CHES