The 2012 State-of-the-County Health (SOTCH) Report includes findings and recommendations from the 2011 Community Health Assessment process. It also highlights the new priority health focus areas with each action team or coalition addressing each area as listed below:
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough has been identified as emerging issue in Forsyth County. The number of confirmed cases has tripled in Forsyth County and in North Carolina. In response to the rising numbers, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services-administered Immunization Program (NCIP) has made Tdap vaccine, which protects against pertussis, available to anyone age 7 years and older, including adults, who are uninsured. Children and adults who are covered by Medicaid or North Carolina Health Choice can receive free Tdap also at the FC Health Department.
The following two new initiatives were funded at the FC Department of Public health-1) The Nurse-Family Partnership that provides first-time, low-income expectant mothers with a committed nurse who makes regular home visits over 30 months from before birth until the baby is two years old. 2) Community Transformation Grant which focuses on reducing chronic diseases, promoting healthier lifestyles, reducing health disparities, and controlling health care spending.