Public Health Employees Receive Statewide Recognition

Public Health Employees Receive Statewide Recognition

Public Health Employees Receive Statewide Recognition At their monthly meeting held on Tuesday, the Transylvania County Board of Health officially congratulated several Transylvania Public Health employees for awards received at two recent statewide conferences. The N.C. Public Health Association presented awards to a number of Transylvania Public Health employees at its 2015 Fall Educational Conference held September 16-18 in Winston-Salem. NCPHA is the leading professional association in the state for people dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and environment of all North Carolinians. Environmental Health Program Specialist Patricia Hawkins, REHS, received NCPHA’s Rankin Award for her work in environmental health. First presented in 1955 and named in honor of Dr. Watson Smith Rankin, this award is given annually to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to public health in North Carolina over a period of several years. Environmental Health Supervisor Jim Boyer, REHS, was identified as an NCPHA All-Star. This award is given each year to a handful of individuals throughout the state who epitomize public health within their agencies. NCPHA also recognized Transylvania Public Health for its “many, varied and dedicated efforts in the essential response to Ebola prevention.” Nursing Director Sharon Cameron, RN, Preparedness Coordinator Anita Glance, Communicable Disease Nurse Kathy Kelley, RN, and Clinical Nursing Supervisor Cathy Nicholson, RN, received certificates of appreciation for their communicable disease response efforts related to Ebola preparedness as well as last fall’s pertussis outbreak. Environmental Health Specialist Stacey Robbins, REHS, was also recognized with an appreciation plaque for her service as vice president of the Environmental Health Section of NCPHA for 2014-2015. In addition, the Transylvania County...

Transylvania Public Health Provides Access to Breast Cancer Screenings

Transylvania Public Health will be putting the spotlight on breast cancer throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived and remembering those lost. According to the State Center for Health Statistics, 9,772 women in N.C. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 1,391 will die of the disease, making breast cancer the second leading cause of death among women. However, early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer can save lives: 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after five years. Transylvania Public Health encourages all women to take charge of their health by having regular screening tests for breast cancer, which check a woman’s breasts for cancer before any noticeable signs or symptoms are present. There are three main tests used to screen for breast cancer. A breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts and underarms for lumps, swelling, changes in size or shape of the breast, or any changes in the color or texture of the skin. A clinical breast exam is a breast exam by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to carefully feel for lumps or other changes in the entire breast area, often done during an annual checkup. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast tissue. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it could be found using the other...