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Date:10/27/2010

rham's Innovative Nutrition Education for Lasting Improvements in Fitness and Eating. This unique school and community-based nutrition education and behavior change program targets at-risk families and children.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

School Health Program—H1N1 Initiative

In 2009, as H1N1 flu pandemic warnings loomed, the issue of public health protection became the central focus for local, state and national public health agencies. The Mecklenburg County Health Department, serving the largest community in North Carolina, crafted a comprehensive, collaborative approach to educating the public and providing immunizations—one that serves as a tested and successfully executed plan for pandemics in the future. In all, about 65,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine were administered; in the public schools alone, 42,000 students were immunized at 291 clinics.

Wilkes County Health Department

MESH—Mobile Expanded School Health Program

Adolescent health is on a roll in Wilkes County, after local public health officials came up with a novel and popular approach to treating teens: a large mobile unit that brings health care to them! MESH, the Mobile Expanded School Health Program, is the state's first mobile health center for teens, and last year served more than 1,400 students. Adolescents face serious health challenges—asthma, obesity or anorexia, diabetes, alcohol and drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, depression, and even suicide—but are often the least likely to get medical care. By providing a mobile clinic that is cost-effective and flexible, the Wilkes County Health Department has eliminated many barriers to students' access to care.

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