The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District is offering flu vaccines on a walk in basis at all of its locations beginning September 20, 2016. We want you to stop by today to get your flu vaccine! Flu vaccine is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. We will not be offering Flu Mist this year as CDC has conducted studies that suggest it is not as effective as previously thought.
The cost of the vaccine will be $35.00 for those paying out of pocket.
We will accept the following insurances:
United Health Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medicare Part B
Medicare Advantage Plans
No Medicare Supplements will be accepted
It only takes one to cause lasting impacts – one tornado, one hurricane, one earthquake, one landslide, one explosion. While most North Carolinians focus on hurricanes, especially during these peak hurricane season months, there are other natural and man-made emergencies that can damage or even destroy communities.
Do you know what to do during an earthquake? What about a landslide? Or a public disturbance? Would you know where to go in your office building if any of these occurred while at work? Do you know where to pick up your children if a weather-related emergency occurs at school?
If you answered "no" to any of those questions, you need to become aware and get prepared. Those who are better prepared will fare better after disasters strike.
This September is North Carolina Preparedness Month, which coincides with National Preparedness Month, and the goal is to increase residents' preparedness levels across the state.
Whether you are at home, work or play, being prepared is easy. Just follow these four simple steps:
1. Have a plan,
2. Practice the plan,
3. Build an emergency supplies kit, and
4. Talk about it with your family, neighbors or coworkers.
It's simple to make a plan and will only take a few minutes. Just record what you need to do, where to go and how to get in touch with your family members. Your plan should list any special considerations for older adults, people with functional needs and/or pets, and the location of your emergency supply kit. Mold your plan to your family's needs and discuss it with every member in the house.
While having a plan is key, it is important to specify what to do in specific emergencies. For example, what you would do during a tornado is different than what you would do during an earthquake. Be sure to include what you would do if an emergency occurs while you are at work or your child is at school. Contact your child's school to get a copy of the school's emergency plan.
You may not always be in the same place when an emergency hits. That's why it is important to create a plan that contains phone numbers of each family member, a number for a pre-assigned out-of-state contact person who can keep track of family members, and an 'in case of emergency' contact for emergency personnel to use. Be sure to identify a meeting place where all family members can meet in case of an emergency. If you are not together, having a designated spot can reassure family members of one another's safety. Once you have a plan, be sure to practice it!
An emergency supplies kit should contain enough non-perishable food and bottles water (1 gallon per person per day) to last three to seven days. Kits should include: copies of insurance papers and identification, first aid kit, weather radio and batteries, prescription medicines, bedding, weather-appropriate clothing, hygiene items, cash, and supplies for any household pets. A complete list of kit items can be found at www.ReadyNC.org.
Plan now to be prepared for when emergencies do occur. Know the risks to your area, and then prepare for them.
For more information about ways to prepare for any emergency or to download a household emergency plan, go to www.ReadyNC.org. You can also download the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides real-time traffic and weather.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proudly participating in American Heart Month.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the RPM Health District wants you to know that there's a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It's also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don't know they are infected.
The good news?
• The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
• Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the RPM Health District encourages:
• Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
• Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn't get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.
The HPV Vaccine is available at our offices. If you are interested in the HPV Vaccine, please give our offices a call and we will be glad to help:
Rutherford: (828) 287-6100
Polk: (828) 894-8271
McDowell: (828) 652-6811
Spindale, NC (November 18, 2015) – The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District has selected Joshua Kennedy to be the district's
Assistant Health Director effective December 1, 2015. Mr. Kennedy has been serving as Executive Director for the McDowell Health Coalition since May 2014. In his new role as the Assistant Health Director he will be
focusing on financial/billing, program operations, information technology and EMR/HIE. He will be engaged in all aspects of public health programming. Mr. Kennedy has both a passion for public health and experience in administrative operations of organizations.
Mr. Kennedy is coming on board at an exciting time for the health district. The district is engaged in numerous activities in the region designed to improve the overall health of those visiting, living, and working in the three counties. Mr. Kennedy has been engaged in several of these regional activities already and will bring additional energy and focus to the operations.
"The Health District serves a myriad of functions designed to improve the wellbeing of those in the community. Through these activities with partners in all three counties I have had the opportunity to interact with great people who share a passion for this community, which in my biased opinion is unmatched anywhere else. There are large and complex issues being addressed by the Health District staff and its partners through programming and awareness that will likely result in positive health outcomes as a result of continued collaborative efforts."
– Joshua Kennedy, Assistant Health Director
In his previous role as Executive Director for the McDowell Health Coalition, Mr. Kennedy was responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations and staff of the organization. He oversaw the collaborative efforts of several workgroups charted by the Coalition which include Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Tobacco Cessation, and Workplace Wellness. The drivers of these various chartered workgroups are members of the community consisting of local state and county agencies, business/industry partners, retired members, and local citizens. The core efforts of these workgroups range from chronic disease prevention to issues relating to social determinants of health, including educational opportunities and economic development.
"We are very excited to have Josh move into this role with our team. I have worked with Josh on previous projects and I know he is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of those we serve. In addition to his passion for public health, Josh brings a unique skillset that includes a keen business acumen, project management capabilities, and a high appreciation of customer service. His additional assistance and support, teamed with our existing highly affective staff, will position our health district and community for greater success on prevention measures and health outcomes."
– James Hines, Jr., Health Director Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District
About the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District
The RPM District Health Department is composed of Health Departments from Rutherford, Polk and McDowell Counties. Our administration offices are located within the Rutherford County Health Department in Spindale. The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District provides our community Health Services which are both mandated and non-mandated services to the citizens of our area. You can learn more about each of the services we provide by browsing website at, www.rpmhd.org.
Whether you are seeking Clinical Services or Environmental Health Services we strive to provide our community with outstanding service.