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​"An Update To The Board of County Commissioners From The County Manager"
Board Bulletin
Local Affordable Care Act Efforts
The Health Department and Department of Social Services staff, along with a coalition of community agencies, are collaborating with a local effort to educate residents about how eligible individuals can sign up for one of the insurance options available through the marketplace of the Federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Three agencies, C.W. Williams, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont & NC MedAssist will have people serving as federally funded Affordable Care Act Navigators stationed at each location to assist residents in  signing up for coverage. These agencies also will arrange for the Navigators to be available at other locations throughout the county as needed. Additionally, residents will be able to sign up online or get information at 1-800-318-2596, or on the State’s ePASS website. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and continues through March 31, 2014. Local information will be available at the MedLink of Mecklenburg website.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. C.W. Williams (900 East Blvd. in Charlotte) will also host an event including representatives from ActionNC and elected officials. Also on Tuesday, October 1, Madison Hardee from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Don Jonas from Care Ring will be guests on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to discuss what is occurring locally and how residents can access the federal marketplace.
Board members with questions should contact Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster at 704-336-2621 or via email.
Health Department Project Wins National Award 
The Health Department has received a Faith and Community Health Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region IV based in Atlanta. Award recipients were chosen based on the demonstrated outcomes and impact their organizations are having on public health, and the overall creativity and uniqueness of their approaches.
The award will be presented to Health Manager, Cheryl Emanuel at the Region IV Tri Regional Faith and Community Health Summit on October 3, 2013 for her work on the Village Heart B.E.A.T.  (Building Education Accountabilities Together) - a chronic disease prevention and wellness initiative.
The purpose of Village Heart B.E.A.T. (Building Education and Accountability Together) is to promote prevention and wellness using a collaborative team approach that engages community and faith-based partners with public health to improve health outcomes for targeted populations. The Village Heart B.E.A.T.  pilot demonstration project has been structured  to address heart disease risks factors through a coordinated health care service model to reduce obesity, lower blood pressures, improve abnormal lipid levels, improve nutritional options and increase physical activity among African Americans and Hispanic adults, ages 18 and over.
The outcomes of the Village Heart B.E.A.T project have been documented through various evaluation methods including pre-post health screenings, photo-journaling, photo-voice and community survey results for residents to report increases in physical activity, healthy nutrition practices and increased awareness of community access to healthcare resources. 
Board members with questions should contact Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster at 704-336-2621 or via email.
Global Mental Health Day Observation
On Thursday, October 10, MeckLINK and the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas will host an event observing Global Mental Health Day. The event will feature a “video mob” in Charlotte’s center city, conceived as a creative way to educate the community that mental illness is treatable, to inform residents where to get help with mental illness, and to raise awareness in an attempt to end the stigma of mental illness.
The event will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and will include a showing of the “Mental Health Matters: It’s Time to Talk” 60-second Public Service Announcement. Attendees will also be invited to take the pledge to end stigma. Taking the pledge engages people in a brief but memorable conversation about mental health in their life, their family or community by having their picture taken with a sign that states how they will make an effort to break the stigma of mental illness. Those taking the pledge will be given a coupon for a discounted lunch at an area restaurant. In addition, the number of people taking the pledge will be posted on the outcomes section of the Creating Community Solutions website the following day. 
Board members are invited to attend the Global Health Day events to show their support for ending the stigma associated with mental illness. Board members with questions or who would like to have a formal role in the event should contact MeckLINK Communications Specialist Melissa Marshburn at 704-353-1501 or via email.

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