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The Mecklenburg legislative delegation held their first Raleigh meeting of the session on Thursday to ask questions about local proposals and gauge support for legislation. We are confident that legislation will be introduced to achieve all of the board’s goals, and while there were questions about Mecklenburg’s legislative priorities, there did not appear to be opposition to any of the goals.
The next step in the process will be for County staff and other interested parties to work with General Assembly staff to craft legislation that accomplishes the goals of our legislative agenda. We will then work with our delegation to identify sponsors to introduce and carry forward the legislation.
For more information, contact Brian Francis at 980-314-2905 or Brian.Francis@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
Budget Retreat Update
The 2015 Budget Retreat is right around the corner with this year’s event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27 at the old Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 700 E. Trade Street.
During the two-day retreat, you will learn about various County initiatives and priorities and get a preview of budget items for FY16.
The meeting will be broadcast on The Government Channel (Time Warner Cable 16) and streamed online at www.mecklenburgcountync.gov. Live updates will also be available on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information, contact Michael Bryant at 980-314-2925 or Michael.Bryant@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
2014 State of the County Health Report is Available
In North Carolina, the state requires each local health department to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) every four years for accreditation and as part of its consolidated contract. During the years between health assessments, health directors submit an abbreviated State of the County Health report (SOTCH).
In Mecklenburg County, this report consists of an overview of selected health indicators presented in tables and charts. Sections include information on demographics, maternal, child and infant health and leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
The report also highlights local programs and initiatives that are making progress in addressing chronic disease prevention, mental health, access to care, and violence prevention, the top four health issues as identified by residents in the 2013 CHA.
You can view the report here.
For more information, contact Dr. Marcus Plescia at 980-314-9020 or Marcus.Plescia@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.