Alamance Regional Medical Center has received the Public Health Partners Award from the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors. The association recognized Alamance Regional for working with the Alamance County Health Department, Healthy Alamance and other organizations to help fund and coordinate programs that address pediatric asthma, high-risk pregnancy, breastfeeding, community emergency preparedness, mental health needs, and community-based health and wellness programs.
“We are very fortunate to have a medical center that is so supportive and dedicated to a common public health mission and activities,” says Barry Bass, Director, Alamance County Health Department.
“Our mission is to improve the health of the community,” says Bob Byrd, Senior Vice President, Alamance Regional. “We believe it is important to work with the Health Department and other valuable agencies in our community in order to accomplish that mission. The collaborative relationships that exist among agencies in Alamance County are exemplary."
The Public Health Partners Award is given each year to one organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina. Representatives from Alamance Regional received the award at the association’s annual meeting on Jan. 23.
A few of the specific programs supported by Alamance Regional include:
- Helping plan and implement Be Healthy Now, a county-wide program that challenges participants to increase physical activity. In 2012, approximately 1,000 community members participated in the 10-week program.
- Funding of a position to direct the work of Healthy Alamance. The goal of Healthy Alamance is to improve access to and increase awareness of preventive health services, as well as eliminate health disparities among the disadvantaged.
- Partnering with the Alamance County WIC Program to promote and support breastfeeding.
- Providing local services for mothers with high-risk pregnancies through the Perinatal Clinic that is located on the campus of Alamance Regional. The clinic is staffed by perinatologists from Duke University.
- Collaborating with local organizations to better address adult and pediatric mental health needs in the community.
- Providing staff and space for the Pediatric Asthma Center.
- Assisting with the Community Health Assessment to identify the community’s greatest health needs.