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2015 State of the County Health Report Available Now
The 2015 State of the County Health Report (SOTCH) is available now on www.MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.The report features an overview of community health indicators, including information on demographics, maternal, child and infant health, social determinants of health and leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
The report also highlights local programs and initiatives that are making progress in addressing the top four health issues identified by Mecklenburg County residents during the 2013 Community Health Assessment: chronic disease prevention, mental health, access to care, and violence prevention. These snapshots of progress support the Healthy North Carolina 2020 goals for making North Carolina a healthier state.
Some of the findings from the 2015 SOTCH include:
• With a median age of 34.7 years, Mecklenburg is a young County compared with a state median age of 38.3 years.• Educational attainment and income are associated with health. About 10 percent of Mecklenburg County adults are without a high school diploma. This number doubles when looking at some areas of the County with low income and poor health outcomes.• Approximately 17 percent of County adults are current smokers.• Almost 1in 5 or 18 percent of adults report no exercise.• 29 percent of adults have high blood pressure and 33 percent have high cholesterol.• 11 percent of adults report poor mental health during 8 or more of the past 30 days.• Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection.• 17 percent of adults report not being able to see the doctor because of cost during the past year.• The largest number of births (48 percent) is among women 30-39 years of age.• 34 percent of high school students report having at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days and 29 percent report using marijuana one or more times during the past month. • Cancer and cardiovascular disease are responsible for almost half of all deaths, Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death, and unintentional injury is the leading killer of young people, ages 1-44 years. Third Annual Charlotte Career Discovery Day Set for Wednesday
Mecklenburg County commissioners are invited to welcome nearly 4,000 youth and more than 110 employers and college representatives at this year’s Countywide Charlotte Career Discovery Day, held this Wednesday at The Park Expo and Conference Center’s Liberty Hall, 800 Briar Creek Road.
This event will allow high school students from across Mecklenburg County to interact with leading employers in fields such as arts and communications; business management, technology engineering, architecture and public administration. The County will also have information tables with representatives from several departments.
Due to the large number of participants, the event is segmented into three modules at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in order to accommodate all students. I will provide brief remarks at the 10 a.m. module.
For more information, visit the Charlotte Career Discovery Day Web page or contact Rossana Seitter at 980-314-2811 or Rossana.Seitter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Celebrate First Ward Park and Earth April 23
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites you to celebrate Earth Day by attending the grand opening of First Ward Park on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park is located between ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center and UNC Charlotte Center City.
More than 20 organizations will be at the park to host family-friendly activities connecting residents to nature and demonstrating how we can all participate to keep our environment healthy. The free event will also feature food trucks, live music and much more.
For more information, visit parkandrec.com or contact Jim Garges at 980-314-1012 or James.Garges@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.