Local health department combats issues in our area in a new way

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The health department provides people with many services from STD testing to immunizations to health education.

During National Public Health Week, the West Piedmont Health District is looking to combat local health issues such as obesity and drug abuse.

They have some new initiatives during this week which people can take advantage of.

The West Piedmont Health District helps the counties of Franklin, Henry, and Patrick and the City of Martinsville.

They say they are taking a new approach to health care by getting out of the building and taking it to the people.

They say because there is limited or no public transportation in the areas they serve, they want to make their health care services accessible.

One thing they are doing this week is going door to door with the City of Martinsville Police and giving out drug disposal kits to combat the drug abuse issues.

They are also is giving out seeds so people can plant them and enjoy fresh produce.

The health department says they offer many services which they hope more people will take advantage of.

“We have mostly been taking the obesity and fresh vegetable message to folks but the health department is so much larger than that. We want people to know that there are free services here for expecting mothers and infants, That people can come and be be tested if they suspect they’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. We do HIV testing. It’s an array of services,” said Nancy Bell, Population Health Manager.


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