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National Public Health Week 2011

National Public Health Week 2011
Safety Is No Accident:  Live Injury-Free

MEMPHIS, TN – The Shelby County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2011 to demonstrate to citizens that “Safety is No Accident”. Each year, millions of Americans are affected by injuries, illnesses and diseases. The Shelby County Health Department works to reduce that number among local citizens by providing preventive and educational services, preparedness information and direct services such as HIV/STD testing, TB testing and treatment, restaurant inspections, air monitoring, blood and environmental lead testing, immunizations and well-child exams.

Shelby County Health Department works every day to improve the quality of life for all residents of Shelby County. Environmental Health Services controls pollutants in the air, assures a safe supply of food and water and eliminates general environmental hazards. Community Health Services provides preventive health care services to Shelby County residents through home visits and community sites and through a network of strategically placed Public Health Clinics. These clinics provide services such as immunizations, family planning, nutrition programs (breast-feeding information and WIC), pregnancy testing and dental care for children. The Shelby County Health Department places high value on the quality of life of individuals and aspires to have a positive impact on the overall health of the community. Prevention and healthy living is a part of the path to achieving a high quality of life. Key components of pursuing a healthy lifestyle are access to accurate, timely and culturally-appropriate information; having choices; and living in a safe environment.

“All of us, regardless of age or gender are susceptible to unintentional injuries that are really not accidents and are preventable”, says Yvonne Madlock Director of Shelby County Health Department. “Public Health has led the way in doing research, policy advocacy and public education to reduce injury from falls, drowning, automobile accidents and sports injuries. We can do more if we all become more informed. If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself and those you love from injury, please go to the CDC website, for more information.”

By hosting various events throughout the county every day during Public Health Week, Shelby County Health Department will demonstrate how through awareness and preparation, many injuries, illnesses and accidents can be avoided. Pollution Control’s Air Quality Improvement Branch (AQIB) will be hosting stops along the Shelby Farms Greenline throughout the week to share important information on bike safety with cyclists and pedestrians. Air Quality Improvement Branch encourages citizens to ride bikes for exercise as well as to reduce pollution emitted from cars. AQIB will be on the Greenline at Tillman on Monday, April 4th from 6:30-10:00 a.m. and from 3:00-6:00 p.m.; at Highland Terrace on Wednesday, April 6th from 6:30-10:00 a.m. and from 3:00-6:00 p.m.; and at Shelby Farms near Sycamore View on Thursday, April 7th from 6:30-10:00 a.m. and from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

• On Monday, April 4th from 12:00-1:00 p.m., the Vector Control Section will be speaking with the Frayser Partnership about mosquito and rodent control issues. The public is invited to attend this partnership meeting at the Frayser Resource Center (3684 N. Watkins). Vector Control representatives will share the many steps that can be taken at home to reduce and eliminate the threat of diseases spread by mosquitoes and rodents.

• On Tuesday, April 5th from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Health Department sections will hold a safety fair at Orange Mound Community Center to reach community members. The health fair will offer employees and citizens the opportunity to learn more about steps they can take to prepare for and avoid situations that can lead to injury or illness.

• Health Promotion will be visiting Camilla Senior Towers on Thursday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m. to speak on the dangers of falls and share precautions that can be taken to prevent falls in all areas of the home. To encourage seniors to stay active, Health Promotion staff will also be demonstrating safe ways to stretch before and after exercises to prevent muscle injuries.

• On Friday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program will be sponsoring a “Public Health Safety Fair” at 160 North Main Street for county employees and as well as employees and customers of all other organizations and businesses in the area. The fair will be located in the public area directly in front of the Main Street Trolley stop. Pollution Control, Vector Control, Health Promotion, Environmental Sanitation and the Emergency Preparedness Programs will all be present during the fair. In addition to Health Department programs the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth and the Mid South Sexual Assault Resource Center will also be present.

If you have any questions concerning Public Health Week activities, please contact Heather Reynolds at (901) 379-7157.



Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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