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25 WAYNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT A North Carolina Accredited Health Department WAYNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 301 N. Herman Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 Main Number: 919- 731-1000 Appointment Desk Number: 919-731-1005 Environmental Health Division: 919-731-1174 WIC Office: 919-731-1276 • Health Director's Office: 919-731-1302 13DSP0217J© • Immunizations and vaccines • Family Planning Services • Prenatal Care • Supplemental Nutrition (WIC) Services • Environmental Health • Communicable Disease Treatment • Child Health Physicals • Medical Nutritional Therapy • BCCCP and Wisewoman Programs • Family Development • At-risk Population Resources • Health Education Everyday, Everywhere, for Everybody. This is Public Health. Operating in Wayne County since 1919, the health department's mission is to protect, promote, and prevent. To protect citizens against unnecessary health risks, to promote a safe environment, and to prevent unhealthy outcomes. We are here to serve you. There have been 132,661 patient visits to the Wayne Action Teams for Community Health (WATCH) clinics since it began operation in August 2000. The free clinic program has been the health care provided for 1 in 10 Wayne County residents with 13,429 unduplicated patients over the past 17 years, out of a population of approximately 128,000. Of those patients, approximately 50 percent are insured, said Sissy Lee-Elmore, WATCH director. "WATCH is the primary medical home for approximately 3,500 uninsured Wayne County residents," she said. "We keep these people from using the hospital Emergency Department by managing their chronic diseases and acute illnesses. "However, WATCH patients, just like insured patients, still have to use hospital services. UNC Wayne provided $3.5 million in in-patient services and $4 million out-patient services to WATCH patients in 507 encounters in 2016." Women make up 60 percent of the patients and men, 40 percent. Patients by race are 51 percent black; 43 percent white; 5 percent Latino/Hispanic; and 1 percent Asian. The breakdown by age is: 40 to 64 years, 69 percent; 26 to 39 years, 24 percent; 18 to 25 years, 6 percent; under age 18, 1 percent. WATCH annually provides approximately $2 million in free chronic medications and approximately $600,000 in free labs. There are 70 free clinics in North Carolina. One in 10 Wayne County residents use WATCH A ZIP CODE SHOULD NOT DETERMINE A CHILD'S FUTURE. FAIR HOUSING. SHARED OPPORTUNITY IN EVERY COMMUNITY. Find out how at:

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