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Commissioners Dunlap and Fuller Attend NCACC Annual Conference
Mecklenburg County commissioners George Dunlap (District 3) and Trevor M. Fuller (At-Large) and one County youth representative were among hundreds of county commissioners and staff in attendance at the 110th North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference in Durham Aug. 10-12.
The conference, which is held each summer, brings together county officials from the state’s 100 counties to conduct official Association business and discuss important county issues. The event also provides networking and educational and training opportunities for commissioners and county staff.
During the Business Session of the conference, NCACC elected Ronnie Smith, Martin County Commissioner, to serve as the Association’s next second vice president. In addition, commissioners voted for Surry County Commissioner Larry Phillips to serve as president-elect and Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin to serve as first vice president. Furthermore, Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure became past president.
As part of the conference, NCACC teamed up with 4-H Youth Development (a service of NC Cooperative Extension) and Boys & Girls Clubs of North Carolina to sponsor YouthVoice for the eighth consecutive year. YouthVoice brings together youth delegates ages 14-19 and county officials to promote dialogue between current county leaders and the next generation of leaders. It also helps educate youth delegates on the county’s role in their community and the complex art of governing. This year was the first time a youth delegate from Mecklenburg County participated in the event.
For more information, contact Legislative Affairs Liaison Jonathan Sink at 980-314-2884 or Jonathan.Sink@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Dashboard Provides New Access to Housing and Homelessness Data
Earlier today, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services released the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Dashboard. The dashboard provides the community access to a one-stop-resource for information, data and stories on housing and homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. In partnership with Mecklenburg County, who provided funding for the project, the dashboard was developed by UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute. The project was originally envisioned by the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
In addition to highlighting important statistics on housing instability, the dashboard reveals new data on the community’s efforts to end and prevent homelessness. Called System Performance Measures, the data provides a comprehensive picture of the effectiveness and efficiency of the homeless services system. The measures include how many people enter and leave homelessness, how long people remain homeless and whether people return to homelessness after they find housing. Looking at the data in one place can help stakeholders assess where to make changes, and understand the impact of those changes on other parts of the system.
For more information, contact Community Support Services Director Stacy Lowry at 980-314-8903 or Stacy.Lowry@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Back-to-School Immunization Clinics Planned for September
It’s hard to believe that summer is over and the school year is getting ready to start.
To help kids prepare for back-to-school, Public Health is hosting Big Shot Saturdays, a chance for parents to get their kids "up to date” with required shots and health assessments without having to miss work or sit in a crowded waiting room.
North Carolina law mandates that all Charlotte-Mecklenburg school-aged children be up to date with their shots in order to be enrolled in school. Children who do not have the minimum immunization by the Sept. 30, 2017 deadline will not be allowed to attend school.
This year, Big Shot Saturdays will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23, 2017 at the Northwest Health Department location, 2845 Beatties Ford Road. and Sept. 16 at the Southeast Health Department location, 249 Billingsley Road.
Parents can make appointments in advance online here or by calling 704-336-6500. Walk-ins will be accepted as the schedule allows with school-age kids given priority. Parents should bring their child’s official shot records and at least one form of identification along with their insurance card. Payment may be required with some insurance plans. Health assessments, including vision, dental and health screenings, are free.Parents can make an appointment for shots anytime during the year by calling the Public Health appointment line at 704-336-6500.
For more information, contact Interim Public Health Director Gibbie Harris at 980-314-9020 or V-Gibbie.Harris@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.