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2018 Community Health Assessment-We need you

The Community Health Assessment is a door to door survey to see what residents of Pender County perceive as the biggest issues impacting health and how they view the health of the community.  Help your community’s voice be heard as we prioritize and plan for a healthier tomorrow.

*Volunteers age 18 and up needed to assist with a door to door survey about improving the health of your community.  Meet at the Pender County Cooperative Extension Conference room, 801 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

Thursday, March 22nd 9:00am-12:00pm (training) and 1:00-6:00pm
Friday, March 23rd 9:00am –1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, March 24th 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Sign up with link:


*Volunteers must attend training on Thursday to participate in survey.   Volunteers do not need to be present all three days.  Lunch will be provided.  If you drive your own personal vehicle door-to-door and are not reimbursed by your employer, we will reimburse you with a gas card.

Every volunteer will receive a small thank you gift and the opportunity to win a Fitbit! For each day that you help interview your neighbors, your name will be entered into a drawing, so sign up for more days to increase your chances.

For questions, contact Pender County Health Department, Kerrie Bryant at 910-663-3762 or at kbryant@pendercountync.gov


Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.

Opioids (including prescription opioidsheroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2016, 40% all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.

Learn more:
Understanding the Epidemic
Overdose Prevention
Information for Patients
Information for Providers
Opioid Abuse Statistics by County

Youth Employment Certificate Update

Important change:  As of October 2017, the Department of Social Services can no longer issue Youth Employment Certificates (YEC) also known as Work Permits.  Instead, parents and youth can obtain a certificate online through the N.C. Department of Labor at www.nclabor.com.

The N.C. Department of Labor has easy to follow steps on how to apply for the certificate online.  They advise that the application process works best when done at the employer’s location “In order to ensure accuracy of job descriptions and ABC permit requirements”.  The instructions also state that the Youth Employment Certificate (YEC) form should not be completed until the youth has a firm job offer. The completed Youth Employment Certificate (YEC) needs to be signed by the youth, parent and the employer before it is valid.  It then must be given by the employer to be filed on or before the first day of work.

Should any questions or concerns arise regarding the new application process please contact a program assistant at the N.C. Department of Labor at 1-800-NC-LABOR (1-800-625-2267).  More detailed information can also be found at www.nclabor.com.

Assistance with Wildlife Problems.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Click the links below to find assistance with wildlife:

Can’t find an answer about a wildlife problem?

Call 1-866-318-2401 or visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Have-A-Problem for more information.

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