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GlaxoSmithKline Applauds Compassion, Competence, Passion and Perseverance in North Carolina's Child Advocates
Date:10/6/2009

knows that dental disease, the number one illness among children ages 5-17, can make life miserable for students, so she kicked into preventive mode, providing extensive follow-up services based on the 5,400 oral health assessments made as part of Forsyth County's Preschool Dental Health Program. With the close attention to follow-up services, 97 percent of the children who were referred for dental treatment received it. She collaborates with other community programs and agencies, along with private dentists, to reach families who otherwise would not be able to receive direct services.

Local Health Department Recognition Award Recipients

Cleveland County Health Department

Making Vaccination a Family Affair

Children need vaccinations before they head back to school. Pets need them to stay healthy and free of rabies. What would happen if you set up drive-through clinics for families to get both at the same time? The answer is that cars would line up for blocks, and at the end of the day, about 1,000 animals and more than 260 people would be vaccinated. In Cleveland County, the Health Department made vaccinations a family affair by setting up a combination free rabies clinic that also offered the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. The second year was even more successful than the first, making public health truly a family affair in Cleveland County!

Dare County Department of Public Health

Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

Alarmed by high rates of childhood obesity in Dare County, the Public Health Department made the issue a top priority and formed key partnerships in the community to obtain a state grant to implement the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. The program included television and radio commercials promoting physical activity and healthy food choices and training teens as health educators in th
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