Message from Health Director Dennis E. Harrington
Welcome to the virtual side of the Pamlico County Health Department! I hope the information here is helpful in explaining the public health services provided by the health department and how they work for every county resident in Pamlico. Public Health is working everyday to protect, promote, and improve the health of county residents through a variety of efforts, some of which are working for you at this very moment.
Services such as administering vaccines against potential viruses, controlling mosquito populations, and protecting consumers at area restaurants are some examples being provided to you by your local health department, but that's not all. The health department offers a variety of other services and programs including preventive care, screenings, acute sick care, community outreach and environmental health assistance. We have a staff that includes a Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurses, Laboratory Technician, Interpreter, Environmental Health Specialists, Registered Dietician, Health Educator, and Administrative Support, all of which are looking forward to serving the needs of Pamlico County.
Preventive care programs such as immunizations, breast exams, diabetes management education, smoking cessation, and blood pressure monitoring are but a few things available in your local health department and are very important. The old adage of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" has never been more relevant with the prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It is very important that people follow through with annual check ups and screenings to promote better personal health.
The health department also offers sick clinic services for anyone that is experiencing an acute illness, both children and adults. Our Family Nurse Practitioner sees patients weekly, by appointment or walk-ins, and assists them in receiving treatment. We also provide family planning services through our doctor and Family Nurse Practitioner for all eligible clients.
As you can see, the health department has a lot to offer county residents. Take time to read about the services we provide in the following information below. To learn even more, come by the health department and see for yourself what we have to offer. After all, this is your health department and we are here to serve you.
Dennis E. Harrington
Promote the optimal health of Pamlico County residents through high quality professional services, to foster public Trust, to minimize identified public health risks and to ensure the safety of the environment for future generations.
- Family Planning: The Family Planning Program provides confidential birth control services for teens and adults to plan and space pregnancies. Physical exams and laboratory tests screen for the presence of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
- STD Clinic: The STD clinic provides confidential services for the detection and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and other communicable diseases.
- Adult Health: The Adult Health Division offers walk-in services for blood pressure monitoring. Under the Breast and Cervical Control Program (BCCCP), women are screened for breast and cervical cancer through physical exams and mammograms. Male and female wellness exams are provided by a family nurse practitioner.
- Child Health: The Child Health Program offers routine wellness exams for children ages birth to twenty-one. A family nurse practitioner provides for periodic sports, camp and college physicals. Dental varnishing services are provided for children ages six months to three years.
- Immunizations: The Immunization Program offers walk-in services for free vaccines, mandated by law, to children 18 years and younger for the prevention of selected communicable diseases. Hepatitis B, flu and pneumonia vaccines are available to adults, age 19 or older, for an applicable fee.
- Tuberculosis Program: The Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program offers tuberculin skin testing to individuals for an applicable fee.
- Sick Care Clinic: A family nurse practitioner provides services to children and adults who present with acute or chronic health problems.
Family Coordination Services
- Pregnancy Care Management (PCM): The Pregnacy Care Management program through individual case management, offers support, education and referral services to women and their families during pregnancy and the immediate post-partum period.
- Care Coordination for Children (CC4C): The Care Coordination for Children program provides services to high-risk children 0-5 year of age. Individual case management to patients/families to assist with identifying need and working together to develop plan to address them CC4C provides education support and links to additional resources as needed. SIDS Bereavement Counseling is offered to families who have experienced an infant/child loss.
- Support Services
- WIC: The Womens, Infants Children (WIC) Program provides nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding consultation and referrals for health care to qualified children from birth to five, pregnant and post-partum women.
- Nutrition: A registered dietitian provides individual medical nutrition therapy and general nutrition counseling for individuals.
- Health Education/Promotion: Community education and promotion of positive health behavior changes are provided through this program. A health educator assists groups to develop policy and environmental changes that promote exercise, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.
- Interpreter Services: Interpretation services are available in the department for Spanish and other non-English speaking individual.
- Vital Statistics
The Environmental Health Division offers information and programs for the following:
- Permitting of Sewage Treatment Systems and Private Drinking Water Wells
- Food and Lodging Inspections
- School and Day Care Inspections
- Swimming Pool Inspections
- Rabies Animal Control and Vaccination
- Solid Waste Disposal
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or Local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by
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