Our Health Education & Outreach Services unit provides outreach, public awareness, prevention and health promotion services in our schools and various locations throughout the community. With an emphasis on healthy choices and lifestyles, health education initiatives include smoking cessation, healthy eating, active living, and substance use/abuse prevention, all of which impact individual and population health.  Outreach initiatives includes nutrition services, breastfeeding support, care coordination for children, and WIC. Our staff also work with community stakeholders to conduct the Community Health Assessment, which identifies risk factors and mobilizes action to mitigate those factors.

 


Care Coordination for Children

Our CC4C program works to improve your child’s care by linking you to services that will meet the specific needs of your child and family. Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) is offered at no charge for children birth to five years of age who:

  • Have long term medical conditions; and/or

  • Are dealing with challenging levels of stress; and/or

  • Are referred by the child’s doctor

When our care manager receives a referral, they will talk with you to determine if your child and family could benefit from CC4C services. For eligible families who want CC4C services, a plan of care is developed by the family and the care manager. Care managers work with families through:

  • Home Visiting

  • Phone Visiting

  • Visiting the Doctor with You

  • Other types of contacts

We recognize you as the expert on your child and:

  • Ask you about your child’s and family’s needs, concerns, goals, and questions

  • Work with you to help build a strong link to a regular doctor for your child

  • Work with your child’s health care providers to be sure you get what you need

  • Offer referrals to community resources to meet your family’s needs

  • Offer information on health and family topics, including child growth and development

  • Take the time to talk about your child’s health and development

  • Help you find answers to your questions

CC4C services are provided in partnership with Community Care of North Carolina and the NC Division of Medical Assistance.


Care Management Services

Care Management Services are provided in partnership with Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina to provide care that is patient-focused, doctor-driven, community-based and cost effective.

Our nurse case manager collaborates with primary care providers to respond to referrals from hospitals, other healthcare entities, and self-referrals. Care management services are provided to children and adults through home visits, phone calls, join practice visits. Together goals are set and worked towards through education, medication management, and other support, to help patients become self-sufficient.


Community Health Assessment

In partnership with the Outer Banks Hospital and Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, we complete a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment of Dare County every three years. This assessment provides information about what residents in our community live with and die from, and sheds light on areas that need to improve in order to positively impact the health status of our community. It gives insight on the overall health of our community, both perceptual and data driven while serving as a tool for our community in planning activities around health promotion and disease prevention and for developing health resources within our community.

A State of the County Health & Human Service report is conducted during the years between the Community Health Assessments. The report is intended to be a quick overview of community health data and the status of work in the identified priority areas.


Diabetes Education Program

Our Diabetes Education Program offers training for people with diabetes. Services include an assessment by a registered nurse and/or registered dietitian, and up to nine hours of group education. The training includes:

  • Healthy Eating

  • Being Active

  • Monitoring

  • Taking Medication

  • Problem Solving

  • Healthy Coping

  • Reducing Risks

The reasons that adults with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, or Pre-Diabetes attend this program include, but are not limited to:

  • New onset of Diabetes

  • Change in treatment

  • Poor blood sugar control

  • High-risk based on complications

You will need a referral from your medical provider. If not covered by insurance, cost is based on a sliding scale fee.


Diabetes Prevention Program - Prevent T2

Our Prevent T2 class is a diabetes prevention program offered by trained lifestyle coaches utilizing the Center for Disease Prevention & Control's curriculum.  Upon meeting the required guidelines, referrals to the program can be made by the participant’s medical provider, nurse or self referral.


Early Care & Education Initiative

Early Care & Education Initiative provides support to Day Cares and Preschools through the development and implementation of policies to support wellness (nutrition and physical activity). Positive Action, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum, is provided in the Day Cares and Preschools that participate in the initiative. The program is a character education curriculum comprised of age appropriate lessons on topics such as substance abuse, medication safety, physical activity, and nutrition.


Health Check

Our Health Check services improve access to care by assisting families with children through age 19 in obtaining health insurance coverage, periodic well child checkups, specialized medical services, dental care, age appropriate immunizations and transportation.


Health Education for Adults

Health Education for Adults is available through scheduling speaking engagements with one of our health education staff members. Information presented can be tailored to meet the group’s needs and focus a broad array of topics, including:

  • Substance Abuse
  • STIs/STDs
  • Reproductive Health
  • Handwashing
  • Nutrition
  • Chronic Diseases & Prevention
  • General Wellness


Helping Women Recover

Our Helping Women Recover program provides support services for women who have a substance abuse concern. Our Health Educators implement the program in the Dare County Detention Center and in various locations throughout the community.  The curriculum contains lesson that address the areas that women in treatment identify as triggers for relapse: self, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.  The include issues of: self esteem, sexism, family or origin, relationships, domestic violence, and trauma. We help women by:

  • Teaching skills that help reduce substance use.

  • Linking participants to community resources.

  • Guiding participants to establish a strong support network.

  • Improving communication skills, which helps women with building relationships, getting and keeping a job.


Keeping Current

Keeping Current is an interactive program designed to empower and equip adults with the tools necessary to prevent teen substance abuse. The program features education on technology and apps; how to communicate with teens; and a mock teenage bedroom with items that could indicate a substance abuse concern. We recommend the program for any adult who is around youth - parents, teachers, youth pastors, caring adults, and community members.


Lifestories for Kids

LifeStories for Kids is an award-winning, evidence-based multimedia classroom-based character education program that combines evidence-based practices for developing prosocial skills with the ancient art of storytelling. The curriculum promotes healthy behavioral, social, and emotional stability in youth and is currently being piloted in three schools through a partnership with Dare County Schools.


Peer Power

Peer Power is a peer health education program where high school students are trained as health educators to positively influence elementary and middle school student’s health behaviors related to:

  • Nutrition

  • Physical Activity

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Other drug usage

After training is completed, Peer Power Health Educators teach elementary school and middle school students in Dare County schools 3-4 days a week.

Peer Power Health Educators are good role models, citizens, and committed to promoting and living healthy lifestyles. They are trained to influence younger students health behaviors related to physical activity, nutrition and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Peer Power Health Educators are students who are a part of an enthusiastic team of high school students who provide current information on health related topics through peer-to-peer interactions. Peer Power Health Educators motivate and encourage their peers to make healthy choices through creative curriculum-based activities, presentations, role-play, group/class discussions, school awareness programs and events.

The Peer Power program is well respected and known for community involvement. Some programs and initiatives Peer Power Health Educators have been a part of includes:

  • Smoke-free parks, restaurants, and bars

  • Healthy vending machine options at Parks & Recreation

  • Merchant Education partnership with Alcohol Law Enforcement

  • Drug Drop Off Events

  • After Prom Party

  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems/ECigs Education

  • Summer Camp Programs

  • Adult & Government Official Health Education Efforts

Peer Power is provided through a partnership with Dare County Schools.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Following any type of disaster we must be prepared to rapidly respond and meet the needs of the community. Public health readiness is particularly important in disaster response because of the vulnerability of the affected population to changes in their environment and the need to quickly share information on the health status of the community with a range of partners.

Our Preparedness program aims to ensure that the public’s health is protected in the case of intentional or unintentional disasters such as pandemics, terrorism and weather related disaster situations, i.e. hurricanes.


Summer Camps

We are able to coordinate special programs for Summer Camps. Participants receive character education on a weekly basis on topics such as: substance abuse, physical activity, nutrition, hygiene,  mental health, and other wellness topics. Health Educators work with Summer Camps interested in hosting the program to schedule and plan lessons tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants.


Tobacco Cessation

We are proud to offer the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® (FFS) program for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Because most people know that smoking is dangerous to their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit.


Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods for you and your family. WIC is available for:

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby.

  • Infants from birth to one year of age.

  • Children from one year of age to their fifth birthday.

Included items are: whole grain foods, eggs, beans, peanut butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, juice, fresh fruits, vegetables, baby foods and infant formula.

You will need the following:

  • Identification (ID) for each applicant

  • Proof of address

  • Proof of income

  • The person(s) being certified

During your WIC appointment you and/or your child will have a nutrition assessment including a measurement of height, weight, and hemoglobin. You will talk with a WIC educator about  healthy eating, breastfeeding, diet or health concerns. If you and/or your child are eligible, you will get WIC vouchers for healthy foods. WIC clients come back every 1-3 months to learn more about healthy eating, growth, development and to pick up additional vouchers.

Our lactation educators and peer counselor provide breastfeeding information, offer assistance and support,  and have a variety of supplies, including breast pumps, for WIC program participants

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Please click here to view our WIC nondiscrimination statement. 

 WIC Office Locations & Contact

Manteo
(Mon - Fri)

 Kill Devil Hills
(Mon Thurs Fri)

 Frisco
(Wed)

109 Exeter Street
Manteo, NC 27954

Phone: 252.475.5068

2601 N Croatan HWY
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Phone: 252.475.5748

50347 NC 12 HWY
Frisco NC 27936

Phone: 252.475.9326