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The Community Health staff communicates the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Community Health Department also focuses on educating children to establish good health habits before adulthood. By working together with area residents, industries and schools, NMMC is helping improve the health of the communities we serve so that citizens can live longer, happier, more productive lives.
Health fairs provide participants with low-cost, convenient access to health screenings and information. The department also provides learning opportunities regarding the importance of detecting problems early and how to alter one's lifestyle for improved health and wellness.
In addition to health fairs, other screenings- including those for blood glucose, cholesterol and prostate specific antigen (PSA)-are available periodically for a small fee, as are low-cost immunizations.
Free screenings include:
Education about risk factors, signs and symptoms, and lifestyle changes helps promote early detection and improves survival rates. Participants learn how to reduce their risk by reviewing lifestyle and environmental factors. Early detection techniques and signals are reviewed, as is information about how to manage certain diseases. Ongoing health education programs include:
The Church Health Ministry, provided free of charge to area churches, is a program designed to identify registered nurses employed by NMMC to act as a health resource person for their church. Nurses survey church members to find areas of interest or need and then serve as the contact person for members of their congregation who need health information. The Community Health Department provides assistance with materials, speakers, etc.
Parent/adolescent workshops are available annually for girls ages 9-11. Speakers address the biological changes occurring during puberty. Children are encouraged to develop strong character, enabling them to deal with sexual pressure.
School Health Centers in both elementary and middle schools offer on-site care, health education, referrals and follow-up. Staffed by a registered nurse, each School Health Center focuses on education and prevention, rather than treatment.
School Health Centers in both elementary and middle schools offer on-site care,
health education, referrals and follow-up. Staffed by a registered nurse, each
School Health Center focuses on education and prevention, rather than treatment.
When problems or diseases are detected, the nurse refers the student to an
appropriate resource. School health nurses work closely with school faculty,
incorporating the teaching phase of this program into the classroom setting.
Nurses also work with children on an individual basis as needed. Goals of the
school health center program are to:
North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and West Point offer Safe Sitter®, a medically-accurate babysitting training program designed for adolescents 11 years and older.
During the course, instructors give students hands-on practice in life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door, when and how to call for help, give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities.
Developed by Dr. Patricia A. Keener, the Safe Sitter® program has been recognized nationally by the American Academy of Pediatrics for educational excellence. Dr. Keener continues to play an active role in the organization and works with staff to update the curriculum regularly.
For class dates and fee information, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Click here for the Student Registration Form and Safe Sitter® Student Contract. Please complete and sign both forms, and return with the course fee to the appropriate hospital: NMMC-Tupelo Community Health Department, 820 Ridgecrest, Tupelo, MS 38801 or NMMC-West Point, 830 Medical Center Drive, West Point, MS 39773. Class size is limited, and classes are filled as payment is received.
Individuals who want to quit using tobacco products are invited to find out how with NMMC's Tobacco Cessation Program. The program provides group counseling services and free medications. For more information, call (662) 377-7252 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Through its Speakers Bureau, the NMMC Community Health Department provides valuable information to area residents on making positive lifestyle choices that will help them maintain and/or improve their health. Speakers include physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, and programs can be tailored to meet the needs of any organization or group. Members of the NMMC Speakers Bureau are knowledgeable in a wide range of health- related topics including: