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Hawkins Health Department schedules special events next week

STAFF REPORT • Mar 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Special events are scheduled at both branches of the Hawkins County Health Department next week as part of the statewide Public Health Week.

Among the events scheduled between 9-11 a.m. at the Rogersville and Church Hill offices are a “drug takeback” by local law enforcement; fire truck tours and information on fire safety resources; information on Hawkins County Head Start; and car seat safety information.

Hawkins County Health Department Director Garnet Southerland said state and local public health agencies are encouraged next week to partner with private organizations and educational institutions to celebrate Health Week with their own activities to promote health and acknowledge the many benefits of public health among citizens.

“The Hawkins County Health Departments in Church Hill and Rogersville are proud community partners providing a variety of services such as well child exams, immunizations, birth and death certificates, WIC, family planning and children’s dental care, to name a few,” Southerland said. “We invite the public to call or come by to learn about all the services we have to offer.”

On Monday, Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey signed a proclamation establishing April 2-8 as Public Health Week in Hawkins County.

That coincides with the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) announcement of its annual celebration of National Public Health Week observed across the state on April 2-8 as well.

National Public Health Week brings individuals and communities across Tennessee together to celebrate the work and dedication of public health professionals and volunteers and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our state and nation.

This year’s National Public Health Week theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030 Changing Our Future Together” — a call to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation by 2030.

“All Tennesseans deserve to live a long and healthy life. To make our state healthier, we must focus on areas including behavioral health, communicable diseases, environmental health, injury and violence prevention and ensuring the right to health,” said TPHA Executive Director Kim Harrell. “Let’s start new conversations and be advocates for positive change. If Tennesseans work together where we live, work and play, we can make sure our state leads the way to a healthier nation in one generation.”

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