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Update on Public Health Immunization Clinics
In September, Public Health conducted five mass clinics, Big Shots Saturdays, to provide required immunizations and physical assessments to children enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). These clinics help to prevent disease, identify health problems, and keep children from being excluded from school for being out of compliance with state requirements.
In addition to these community benefits, Public Health used the clinics as capacity building exercises, utilizing the Incident Command System and practicing the roles and functions needed to respond in case of an emergency.Public Health began planning in early 2017, working with CMS to increase communication to parents and the hospital systems to recruit volunteer health professionals and ensure enough appointments to meet the demand. This year, 541 unique public health staff (along with volunteers) served 2,003 children, a 93 percent increase from 2016.
For more information, contact Public Health Director Gibbie Harris at 980-314-9020 or Gibbie.Harris@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Receives Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International
I would like to congratulate Mecklenburg County Community Support Services (CSS) Substance Use Services on receiving a three-year accreditation for its Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. Not only is this certification the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization, Substance Use Services received this honor with zero recommendations, an accomplishment achieved by only 3 percent of CARF Surveys.
This is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF International has awarded to our organization, and the second survey with zero recommendations. As part of the accreditation process, CARF surveyors conduct a rigorous onsite survey of Substance Use Services programs, as well as agency facilities, staff and policies.
The accreditation will extend through Oct. 31, 2020. This achievement demonstrates CSS’s commitment to providing the highest level of rehabilitative services to our clients, improving the quality of the lives of each person we serve.
For more information, contact CSS Director Stacy Lowry at 980-314-8903 or Stacy.Lowry@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Protect Yourself: Free Document Shredding Day
Protecting personal information and the environment are equally important. In celebration of America Recycles Day, you can safely shred your personal documents for free on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Compost Central and Recycling Center (140 Valleydale Road) and Foxhole Recycling Center (17131 Lancaster Highway).
Thanks to the partnership between Mecklenburg County Solid Waste & Republic Services, professional document destruction company Stericycle is providing on-site and secure paper shredding for County residents. Feel safe in knowing your confidential household documents and sensitive mail will be destroyed on the spot for no charge. Here are some important things to remember:
For more information, contact Nadine Ford, County Solid Waste Services at 980-314-3869 or Nadine.Ford@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. LUESA Headquarters Recognized with One of Charlotte Business Journal’s ‘Heavy Hitters’ Awards
Mecklenburg County's LUESA Headquarters on Suttle Avenue has received numerous compliments from our customers, and now has obtained an additional distinction — the renovation design was recently recognized with one of Charlotte Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters Commercial Real Estate Awards.
The LUESA building, which was formerly the Charlotte School of Law, was the first of our “Bringing Mecklenburg County to You” projects. Our renovations to the building focused heavily around our plans for better serving our customers. The first-floor lobby and customer service center design reflects those values.
Gensler, the architectural firm behind the Suttle renovations, submitted the project for consideration, and it won for Top Space Build-Out Project. The Heavy Hitters awards are judged based on a project’s contribution to the Charlotte business community, design, and economic impact.
For more information, contact LUESA Director Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi at 980-314-3629 or Ebenezer.Gujjarlapudi@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Kirk Farm Fields Temporarily Closed
Kirk Farm Fields, one of our Park and Recreation facilities located on East Mallard Creek Church Road, will be closed for the next four weeks after a nearby wastewater pipe burst due to severe weather on Oct. 23.
Closing the fields will ensure safety for our residents while Park and Recreation and Charlotte Water work to perform maintenance and cleanup efforts in the area.
During this time, patrons who normally use the fields as an access point for Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek greenways, are encouraged to park at Mallard Creek Elementary School, 9801 Mallard Creek Road. There is a greenway access point located near the school.
For more information on Kirk Farm Fields, contact Chris Hunter, north park region manager, at 704-392-3812 or Chris.Hunter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.