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National Public National Public Health Week, April 4-10
Over the next week (April 4-10), the Health Department will be joining other public health agencies across the country in observing National Public Health Week.
Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents’ generation, thanks largely to the work of public health. Still, people in many other high income countries live longer and suffer fewer health issues than we do. That’s why during National Public Health Week 2016, the focus in on the goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation – by 2030.
County Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia will participate in the NPHW twitter chat April 6 at 2p.m. Follow the hashtag #NPHWchat and @DoctorPlescia to join the conversation.
Areas of focus for the week include:
• Build a nation of safe, healthy communities• Help young people graduate from high school• The relationship between increased economic mobility and better health • Social justice and health• Give everyone a choice of healthy food\• Preparing for the health effects of climate change• Provide quality health care for everyone• Strengthen the public health infrastructure
For more information, contact Dr. Marcus Plescia at 980-314-9020 or Marcus.Plescia@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Mecklenburg County to Hold Employer Roundtable Discussions
Along with several public and non-profit community partners, Mecklenburg County recently began an initiative to connect more unemployed or underemployed jobseekers with employment. Our goal is to ensure that anyone living in Mecklenburg County who wants to work has access to the necessary skills training, jobs, and job retention supports needed for them to meet the performance needs of their employer, while also meeting their own needs to support themselves and their families.
We have invited employers to attend roundtable discussions to learn more about the initiative and for us to learn more about their recruitment and retention successes and challenges. These discussions will take place between April 25 – May 3 at Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. Their input will help shape specific jobseeker development and business support strategies that enhance recruitment and retention efforts.
If you know of any employers that would like to participate, please share this link or have them contact Dena Diorio at 980-314-2880 or Dena.Diorio@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov by April 8. Mecklenburg County Hosting State DSS Directors
I’d like to welcome the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services (NCACDSS), visiting this week for its strategic and annual meeting. The group will gather April 5-8 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Park at 5700 Westpark Drive in Charlotte.
Several County staffers will be participating in the event. DSS Director Peggy Eagan and Asst. County Manager Anthony Trotman will greet the members at the start of the convention on Tuesday afternoon. The County Public Information Department is also presenting a panel discussion on the topic of DSS media relations, set for Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the NCACDSS meeting, please contact Peggy Eagan at 980-314-6480 or Peggy.Eagan@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. County Welcomes New Community Relations Coordinator
Mecklenburg County would like to welcome Christine Edwards, the newest member of our Public Information Department. She will begin her role as the Community Relations Coordinator on Tuesday, April 5. Her role is a public-facing position in which she will be coordinating community outreach and providing support as a liaison for community groups.
Christine, who has lived in Charlotte for many years, is the former director of community programs at Queens University of Charlotte’s Knight School of Communication. She has also worked with the City of Charlotte as a community outreach specialist.
In 2013 she was selected as a finalist for the International City/County Manager’s Association (ICMA) Local Government Management Fellowship.
Christine holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and African American studies from UNC Greensboro, as well as a master’s of public administration in urban management and policy from UNC Charlotte. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communication and media studies at Queens University of Charlotte. Mayor’s Youth Employment Program Kicks off “Superheroes Wanted” Campaign
Mecklenburg County Commissioners are invited to join Mayor Jennifer Roberts and members of Charlotte’s business community at 10 a.m. on April 11 at The Square (Trade and Tryon streets) as they invite Charlotte’s employers to become superheroes of youth workforce development. Economic mobility studies reveal that youth who are exposed to job opportunities stay in school, graduate and achieve lifelong success. This indicator reinforces the importance of serving even more students through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program as it celebrates its 30th year building tomorrow’s workforce.
The MYEP’s Superheroes Wanted campaign will run for one calendar year, inviting businesses to connect with youth through jobs, internships, pre-apprenticeships, job shadowing, and career exploration. A preview of the campaign will be showcased on the side of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center alongside South Davidson Street at dusk on April 7 and 8.
For more information, contact Rossana Seitter at 980-314-2811 or Rossana.Seitter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.