April showers may bring May flowers, but when you stop to smell those flowers, also think about the beauty of public health.
The month of April is set aside as a time for people of all ages to educate themselves on what public health workers do and how it affects their life.
According to a news release from the Guilford County Department of Public health, public health is often referred to as the "quiet miracle." That's because of the work of local, state and national public health agencies. The operative word is "preventive" for them. It's a tireless job and their work often goes unnoticed or is taken for granted.
Did you know? The Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH) is recognized as being the first full-time county health department in North Carolina and the second one established in the nation when it opened its doors in May 1911.
Public Health Mission. To promote and contribute to the highest level of health possible for the people of this state. The essential services to be provided by public health agencies are outlined in our state's General Statues. This is why you can rest assured that in every county in our state we are:
• Identifying and working to reduce the greatest health risks
• Detecting, investigating and preventing the spread of communicable diseases, like TB
• Inspecting restaurants and other institutions that provide food or lodging to ensure food is safe to eat and facilities are clean and sanitary
• Helping families plan for and have the healthiest pregnancies possible, so that all our children are born healthy
• Helping residents learn how to improve and protect their health and the health of their families.
County health departments work in specific and focused ways to address needs unique to the communities within its county.
Make it a point this month to take a moment to appreciate your public health workers.
For more information about GCDPH call: (336) 641-7777 or visit or www.facebook.com/GuilfordCountyPublicHealth.