The Bionomic Educational Training Center (BETC) is a workforce development training program at Southern High School that addresses water quality via stormwater retrofit design and implementation. BETC is an initiative of the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District. Youth are educated about urban containment sources and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality, providing opportunities to obtain livable wages for a population that otherwise may only
The Durham County Sheriff's Office collected 47.5 pounds of unused medicine during a March collection drive. The campaign was designed to prevent poisonings and keep medications from entering the water supply.
The Sheriff's Office collaborated with Safe Kids North Carolina and Durham County Public Health. Residents were able to drop off medicine at two area pharmacies, the Human Services Building, the Durham County Courthouse and the Sheriff's North Station in Rougemont.
Visit the Durham County Sheriff's Office Facebook page for periodic stories of excellent office customer service as told by residents who experience the service firsthand.
One recent story involved an off-duty deputy who was heading home when he stopped to assist a driver who was involved in an accident. The driver's wife, Samantha Cummings, praised Corporal Brad Kirby for remaining with her husband, Andrew, as they waited for police officers to come to the scene. “He made
The Durham County Department of Public Health is now offering kits with naloxone, a medication that is designed to counteract overdoses of drugs like heroin, Oxycontin and Hydrocodone.
“In a drug overdose situation, it is always critical to call 911 first,” Dr. Arlene Seña, medical director for the Durham County Department of Public Health, said in a news release. “However, having a naloxone kit on hand for those type of emergencies will hopefully save lives. We are now off
A walking competition is afoot between Durham County Public Health employees and peers at the Orange County Health Department.
The two departments are going head to head to see which one can first collectively hit the goal of walking the 2,168.1 miles that encompass the Appalachian Trail. Using pedometers, Fitbits and other tools, employees are tracking their progress. In the guidelines, 2,000 steps equal one mile of walking, according to a joint news release from both heal
The Criminal Justice Resource Center (CJRC) hosted its 3rd annual recovery celebration on September 19. The event celebrated National Recovery Month, a national observance held in September designed to awareness of mental health and substance use disorders.
Roughly 400 people attended to share success stories, show support and promote the positive benefits of recovery. “Visible, Vocal, Valuable” was this year’s theme to reinforce the message that people can and do recover a
Durham County commemorated World AIDS Day earlier this month with events designed to bring attention to the community's efforts to combat HIV.
About 1,600 Durham County residents have HIV, according to a news release from the Department of Public Health.
"We have to do more in order to increase the number of people who know their HIV status and link them to care," Dr. Arlene Seña, the County's Medical Director, said in the release.
This year's World AIDS Day events incl
Project Access of Durham County recently launched HELP, the Health Equipment Loan Program.
"There are many individuals in the community, with and without insurance, who do not have the money or coverage to purchase the equipment needed to ensure expedient recovery," said Catrina Lloyd with Project Access. "The HELP program fills that gap and betters the quality of life for those individuals."
Lloyd said HELP diverts equipment from the landfill and instead puts it to good
The Partnership for a Healthy Durham, which operates out of the Durham County Department of Public Health, recently issued its annual State of the County Health Report.
Read the 2015 State of the County Health Report here. It is full of performance measures and status updates for various partnership priorities.
Learn more about the Partnership for a Healthy Durham at its website. #HealthReport #stateofcounty
Almost two years ago, EMS reached out to IS&T to develop a mobile tool that would store emergency management protocols and practices. This shift from searching bulky paper documents to easily scanning information on smart phones was designed to be easier for employees.
As a recent case study states, this password-protected online tool prevented the need for an outside consultant by using internal staff. And the change also has saved $10,000 a year in production costs for th