Monthly Highlights: March & April 2017 What's happening at Forsyth County Department of Public Health

In this issue:

Dental Center is Promoting Healthy Teeth with Smiling Staff

FCDPH's STI Testing Efforts Recognized Nationally

Teen Talk and TIP Kick Butts

March was National Nutrition Month

BeHealthy School Kids Hosts Family Fitness Night

Staff Recognitions

Dental Center is Promoting Healthy Teeth with Smiling Staff

Honoring Dr Emily Smith & Dr Sun Min Lee for National Dentist Day on March 6th
Dental Assistant Week was March 5-11. We honored our 3 awesome dental assistants, Erica, Loretta, and Lauren!
Office Assistant Day is April 26th. Thank you Madelin for all your hard work! We all appreciate all you do!

FCDPH's STI Testing Efforts Recognized Nationally

The testing efforts of POSSE and Clinic 2 staff were recognized last fall through publication in the October 2016 issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Staff's efforts to screen clients for gonorrhea and chlamydia using appropriate testing techniques have led to increased case detection and optimized patient management. Based on the results of this study, internal policies and procedures have been updated to continue providing the best possible service to our clients. Many thanks to clinic, lab, and POSSE staff who made it possible to implement these changes and who provide a valuable service to the community each day!

Teen Talk and TIP Kick Butts

The Teen Initiative Project (TIP) and the Teen Talk groups, along with adolescent health services staff, came together for a joint field trip on March 15, 2017 to participate in the No’bacco Kick Butts Day at the Winston-Salem Fair Grounds. Participants were treated to free food and provided the opportunity to engage in a variety of healthy activities including push-up and sit-up challenges conducted by the US Navy and Army. Representatives from area agencies, including staff from the Department of Public Health, were on hand to distribute educational materials on a variety of topics. The teens visited booths constructed by local school groups to learn about health consequences related to tobacco use and tips for staying tobacco free. A good time was had by all! For more information on our teen programs or to make a referral, please contact Miriam Arvinger, the Teen Talk/TIP Coordinator, at or 336-703-3180.

March was National Nutrition Month

The month of March marks National Nutrition Month, prompting nutrition programs to spread awareness to all health department staff and visitors. Displaying in the health department lobby, are healthy meal options that adhere to USDA’s MyPlate standards. Interns Alysse Riggs and Alexandra Lara created the display hoping to inspire the public, as well as health department employees to choose healthier meal options during their day; specifically during office lunch hours. Half of the poster board gives viewers insight into many healthier food choices available for lunch. The other half is intended to show viewers how easy it is to incorporate all of the MyPlate food groups into a nutritious and delicious lunch. If you have not seen the National Nutrition Month display in the health department lobby, please go and take a peek.

BeHealthy School Kids Hosts Family Fitness Night

BeHealthy School Kids hosted their first Family Fitness Night of the year at Ibraham Elementary School on March 14, 2017. This event was intended to encourage children to get at least sixty minutes of physical activity a day with the support of their families. Five activity stations were set-up around the school’s gym, each with a different game that families could play.

Fit Dice, one of the exciting games at Fitness Night, required the participant to roll dice instructing various fitness activities such as jumping jacks, sit-ups, or push-ups. Other games included Hip Waddle, Wheel-O-Health, and Basket Toss. After completing stations, children and their families were able to receive prizes such as water bottles, frisbees, MyPlate coffee mugs, cooking utensils and jump ropes. With the help of work colleagues who volunteered their Tuesday evening, Family Fitness Night seemed to be a successful event. BeHealthy School Kids looks forward to hosting their second Family Fitness Night of the year on March 28, 2017, at Ashley Elementary School.

February Staff REcognitions

Alexa Jordan, Public Health Nurse III

Amanda Pone, Public Health Nurse III

Andrea Caldwell, Public Health Nurse III

Bevely Dobson, Public Health Nurse III

Brenda Antenez, Office Assistant

Brian Mattews, Nutritionist

Charlene Fields, Public Health Nurse III

Emily Smith, Dentist Director

Felecia Moore, Public Health Educator

Gail Melton, Human Services Technician

Geneva Carter, Medical Laboratory Assistant

Helena How, Office Assistant

Janice Payne, WIC Peer Counselor

Josephina Acosta, WIC Vendor Coordinator

Katherine Rucker, Office Assistant

Lorrie Christie, Administrative Assistant

Madelin de la Cruz, Sr. Office Assistant

Mary Atkins, Public Health Nurse III

Micki Metscher, Public Health Nurse III

Nihya Payne, Office Assistant Supervisor

Pamela Burch, Public Health Nurse II

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The QI Council knows that many of us are so busy in our own service areas, we don't always know about the great things that are happening across the health department. The Monthly Highlights are a way to bridge this gap and we hope to better connect all of our staff.

We need your help with stories to share each month in the Monthly Highlights. Anyone can submit something to be shared! You can send anything from a wedding or new baby announcement to an exciting event that happened in your department.

Email Holley Hooks at to have your announcements included in next month's Highlights.


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