By Samantha Simmons
As we're aware, Burke County Public Health offers a variety of services, and I'm here to provide an overview to help you better comprehend how these services can benefit you. Delving into clinical services, we have Primary Care/Child Health, Family Planning, STD Clinic, Maternity Clinic, Communicable Disease, CMHRP (Care Management for High-Risk Pregnancies), CMARC (Care Management for At-Risk Children), and Immunizations. The array of services may seem overwhelming, but I'll break it down for you.
For those seeking care for both children and adults, Primary Care/Child Health services are available for screenings, well visits, and sick visits for family members aged 3 and older. If you or your child requires vaccinations, Burke County Public Health is your go-to place, providing essential shots for kindergarten entry, flu vaccines, and COVID-19 shots. Families with at-risk children, facing long-term medical conditions or significant stress levels, can benefit from the CMARC program at no added charge.
For individuals without children who wish to focus on their own well-being, Family Planning offers access to birth control, while the STD Clinic conducts tests for sexually transmitted infections. If dealing with a communicable disease like Tuberculosis or Hepatitis C, Burke County Public Health can assist in investigating, treating, and educating those affected.
Pregnant individuals can access the Maternity Clinic and Care Management for High-Risk Pregnancies (CMHRP) to ensure a healthy pregnancy. CMHRP is especially helpful for individuals managing conditions like diabetes or aiming to quit smoking for the well-being of the baby. Additionally, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides nutritional support and education on optimal food choices for children’s growth and maternal well-being, offering vouchers or EBTs for discounted grocery purchases.
Environmental Health and Health Education are essential services often overlooked. Located at 110 N. Green Street, Morganton, NC 28655, Environmental Health addresses wastewater problems and business violations. Health Education provides community education on Substance Use Disorders, Diabetes, and sex education in schools.
If you're interested in any of these programs, schedule an appointment or call 828-764-9150 between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. It's a place dedicated to promoting health and safeguarding the environment!