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Macon County Public Health Center
1830 Lakeside Drive
Franklin, NC 28734

Phone: (828) 349-2081
Franklin or Highlands

Fax: (828) 524-6154

Carmine Rocco, MS, Director


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North Carolina Law (NC General Statute Article 2, Section 130A-34) requires Boards of Health to consist of eleven members; eight designated professionals and three members of the general public.

The Board of Health is appointed by the County Commissioners.

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macon county nc health departmentMacon County Public Health
(828) 349-2081

OUR VISION: To be the model for best practices in Public Health.
OUR MISSION: To promote, protect, and enhance the health of all people and the environment.

The Macon County Health Department serves many facets of our community. From the well being of children and adults to the enviroment, our many services are broad-based. You'll find a listing of our sections below as well as the county-wide services we provide. Click on any highlighted title to learn more.

HIGHLANDS AND NANTAHALA CLINICS
The Macon County Public Health Center provides outreach clinics in the communities of Highlands and Nantahala. Services at these clinics are by appointment only and include influenza & WIC.

LABORATORY
The laboratory offers independent clinical and environmental health services for the general public and our clinic patients. Most of these laboratory services require an order from a private physician. The laboratory may file Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies. Charges vary depending on services performed and income.

COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS
A community preparedness coordinator works to ensure a state of readiness for any public health crisis which may arise. This includes staff training, development of disaster plans, organizing disaster drills, and procuring emergency supplies and equipment. The coordinator also facilitates the Macon County Disaster Preparedness Team and acts as a liaison to the Public Health Regional Surveillance Team.

DENTAL HEALTH
Dental care is available for Macon County residents of all ages. The "Molar Roller" is a mobile dental clinic that rotates between school facilities and the MPP New Horizons center. The "Molar Roller" provides preventive and restorative services for residents ages 2 - 20. A separate adult dental clinic provides limited dental services for adults. Appointments are required and patients must complete new patient packets before their appointments.

WIC
WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition program for pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children under age five. WIC provides basic nutrition education as well as specific foods and supplemental infant formula for qualified participants. Eligibility is based on income and medical or nutritional need. Appointments are required.

Breast Feeding Peer Counselor

  • Breastfeeding Education - Breastfeeding mothers may rent breast pumps and receive assistance in breastfeeding successfully.

SCHOOL HEALTH
School health services are provided to all public schools and include care for acute illness, case management, development of care plans, medication and immunization reviews, support for communicable disease control, and promotion of staff wellness. All school nurses are RNs holding a BSN and National Certification in School Nursing.

FAMILY OUTREACH SERVICES

Care Coordination for Children (CC4C)
CC4C works with families on a voluntary basis with a goal of improving children's health outcomes.

CC4C care managers can help with:

  • finding medical care,
  • transportation,
  • childcare
  • financial aid.
Services may be provided in the client's home, physician’s office, at Health Department or anywhere a parent feels comfortable. They can also provide you with information about a wide variety of family oriented resources. They will:
  • discuss family strengths and concerns through home visits, telephone calls and other personal contacts
  • identify programs, services, and resources that meet your family’s needs
  • serve as a link between you and your child’s doctor or nurse
  • identify ways you can strengthen parent-child relationships
  • introduce you to parent support programs when available
  • offer encouragement and support.

Eligibility:
  • Children birth to age three who are at risk for developmental delay or disability, long term illness and/or social, emotional disorders
  • Children ages birth to age five who have been diagnosed with developmental delay or disability, long term illness and/or social, emotional disorder may be eligible for the program
If you are interested in more information about the Care Coordination for Children program, please call 828-349-2427.

Pregnancy Care Management (OBCM)
OBCM services are available to pregnant women enrolled in North Carolina Medicaid statewide, and to a limited number of low income, uninsured pregnant women in some counties.

Care managers work with you and your prenatal care provider to ensure the best possible care while you are pregnant and after you deliver.
Benefits of participation are as follows:

  • Reviewing your care givers plan for a healthy pregnancy with you
  • Coordinating your care across all of your providers
  • Help get services you may need like medical care, transportation, food or stable housing
  • Referrals to other programs like breastfeeding education, family planning and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program
  • Providing assistance in managing any medications you may be taking
  • Meeting with you after you have been in the hospital or the emergency room
  • Make follow up appointments
Call 828-349-2081 and ask to speak to a Pregnancy Care Manager today!

MountainWise of Macon County
MountainWise of Macon County is a public-private healthcare partnership, comprised of over 100 members and 50 organizations. MWMC’s mission is assess and develop health resources for Macon County. MWMC develops interventions to address priority health issues based on Macon County’s Community Health Assessment which is conducted every four years. If you are interested in participating in partnership activities, please call (828) 349-2437.

HEALTH EDUCATION
Provides a combination of educatinal materials and learning experiences to improve the health of individuals and the community. Health educators and other staff provide programs for schools, community groups, business and churches.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
This section assures compliance with state and local laws to protect public and environmental health. Services include permitting and inspection of septic systems, private wells, swimming pools, hospitals, daycares, schools, food and lodging establishments, tattoo parlors, and nursing homes. This section also works with animal control during bite investigations. Sponsored events include rabies clinics, food handling sanitation seminars, and training for childcare providers. Fees are due at the time of application for permits and water testing.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
Immunizations are provided by appointment.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES
International travel immunizations, prescriptions, and health advice are available by appointment and fees apply to these services. Macon County Public Health is the only authorized yellow fever vaccination site west of Asheville.

TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL
Tuberculosis screening tests are provided by appointment. The tests are free for people at risk of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis medications and other services are provided at no charge for all clients with known tuberculosis infection or active disease.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE SERVICES
Macon County Public Health investigates contagious disease outbreaks, coordinates control efforts, and provides public information. Call the health center to report suspected outbreaks of contagious diseases.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE SERVICES
Services include diagnosis, treatment, education, counseling, and follow-up. All services are kept strictly confidential. No fee is charged. An appointment is required.

HIV AND AIDS SERVICES
The AIDS blood test (HIV antibody test) is available by appointment. Counseling, referral, and case management services are available for persons with HIV. Services are confidential and no fee is required.

FAMILY PLANNING
Appointments are available for men and women of child bearing age for services that include:

  • Physical exam
  • Patient history
  • Pap smear (as indicated)
  • Breast exams
  • Lab tests (STD included if indicated)
  • Birth control method education
  • Birth control instructions on usage
  • Fertility counseling
  • Emergency counseling
  • Information on sterilization and vasectomies
Fees are based on family size and income. Medicaid and insurance also accepted. MCPH’s Family Planning Program offers a wide variety of birth control medications, condoms, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER CONTROL
Clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and pap smears are provided for women ages 40 - 64 who meet program guidelines. Call the health center to determine eligibility or to schedule an appointment.

MATERNAL HEALTH

MCPH’s Maternal Health Program provides a broad range of health care services to pregnant women, such as:

  • Complete pre-natal and post-natal care by an OBGYN physician
  • Nutritional counseling available with a Registered Dietician (RD)
  • Interpreter (as needed)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (as needed)
  • 17P provided (as indicated)
  • Pregnancy education
  • Laboratory testing
  • Non-Stress Tests
  • Free Prenatal Vitamins and Iron Supplement
Most pregnancies are followed in the health department maternity clinic through time of delivery. Delivery is planned at the hospital of your choice. Pregnancies determined to be "High Risk" are immediately referred to an appropriate medical provider.

Macon County Public Health offers a discounted fee for some women based on their family size and income. No one will be denied services based on inability to pay. Medicaid and insurances are accepted. Please call 828-349-2081 for more information.

CHILD HEALTH CLINIC
Child Health Clinics are held several times each month for income eligible children up to age 21. Physical exams, medical services, health and nutrition counseling are provided. Appointments are required. Charges are based on income.

NUTRITION and DIABETES EDUCATION
Macon County Public Health can help adults and children take control of their health by providing tools to inprove their diet. Assistance is available to help clients lose weight, control diabetes, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, manage food allergies and much more. Fees (for those without insurance) are based on a sliding scale. * Click the heading to access the necessary referral forms.

COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES
A listing of Community Health Services & resources including contact information for support groups, emengency assistance, home delivery meals, language assistance, Physical Therapy, respite care, etc.

ANIMAL SERVICES
To protect the health and safety of our residents, and to protect animals and promote their humane treatment, to promote pet adoptions of healthy, nonaggressive animals by the general public and promote responsible pet ownership.

     
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