Health Department Mission
To protect and promote the health and safety of Chatham County residents.
Free Stop Smoking Classes Offered by Chatham County Public Health Department
The Chatham County Public Health Department is offering free tobacco cessation classes for the second time this year, this time in June in Siler City, to both county residents and county employees. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive personal instruction from experienced staff and get your summer off to a healthy start.
Previous classes held in Pittsboro this year were a big success in helping several individuals kick the habit for good. Participants will receive a free QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit and support from fellow program attendees during the three sessions. Sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesdays after work, from 5:30-6:45 pm.
Want to learn more? Join us for an information session on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 5:30 pm at the Chatham Hospital, in the Chatham Medical Park Office Building, Suite #140 located on the first floor. Space is limited. Please contact Jennifer Park by email at email@example.com to register in advance.
Questions about Coal Ash?
Do you have questions about coal ash? The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) has a number you can call for questions regarding water sampling and other related issues. To speak with someone about these issues, call 919-707-5900. If you are a media representative, please call 919-855-4840.
Residents near Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant Receive Replacement KI Tablets
On April 23rd and April 28th, the Chatham County Public Health Department mailed a new supply of Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to residents living within the 10-mile radius of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. Unfortunately, some residents have reported that they received crushed pills. If the pills are crushed but the packaging is not damaged or compromised, the pills are still safe to use. However, if you would like to replace crushed pills or obtain pills, you can do so by visiting the Chatham County Public Health Department Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM to pick up KI tablets for you and your family. The Chatham County Public Health Department is located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC.
This distribution is part of a shared preparedness planning effort by Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Wake counties. This supply will replace any expired KI tablets that residents may have or for residents that did not receive tablets in the last distribution.
Potassium Iodide (KI) is an over-the-counter medication that can protect one gland in the body, the thyroid, in the event of a nuclear plant emergency. The FDA has determined that KI is a safe and effective method of blocking exposure to radioactive iodine if taken within the correct time and at the right dosage. Radioactive iodine has been known to increase the risk of thyroid cancer especially in children. KI will only block the absorption of radioactive iodine and it does not replace evacuating or taking shelter. Individuals should not take KI unless they are directed to do so by public health officials.
Potassium iodide is safe for most people. Individuals who are allergic to iodine or have rare disorders such as dermatitis herpetiformis and hypocomplementemic vasculitis, which cause sensitivity to KI, should not take KI pills.
The KI doses are provided to the state of North Carolina by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and distributed by counties to residents living with the 10- mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant at no cost. KI tablets should be kept at room temperature in a dry location.
2014 Chatham County Community Health Assessment now Available
The 2014 Chatham County Community Health Assessment is now available. Click the links below for the full report and executive summary (English and Spanish).
For the full report, click the image below.
For the Executive Summary, English and Spanish, click the images below.