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At the Jefferson County Department of Health we are concerned about threats to the health of young people in our community. The decisions they make today can affect their health for a lifetime. Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death. This includes regular cigarettes, but also other forms of tobacco, including vaping products or e-cigarettes that contain nicotine and other harmful ingredients.

Over the last several years we have seen a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke regular cigarettes. Unfortunately, we have recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes or vaping products. Many vaping liquids contain chemicals that can damage the lungs or cause cancer. Most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine use before the age of 25 can damage parts of the brain linked to concentration, learning, and mood. Teens who use electronic cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. They may also be more likely to become addicted to cocaine and other harmful drugs. Watch Dr. Wilson's video on e-cigarettes and vaping here.

Please take time to learn the facts about these products and their harms. Share these facts with your kids and encourage them to make healthy decisions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a good source for more information which you can view here.

Please welcome our new Board of Health member, Kenny Murray, MD, MPH.

Dr. Murray is a hospitalist at St. Vincent’s East where he serves as Medical Director for TeamHealth Hospital Medicine and Medical Director for the Palliative Care program. He also serves as clinical faculty for the Brookwood Baptist Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program. He attended Birmingham-Southern College, completed his medical degree at UAB School of Medicine, and received his Master of Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His clinical interests include sepsis, quality/process improvement, and palliative care. Dr. Murray says he is "super excited" to join our Board.

Dr. Max Michael has rolled off of the Board of Health, and Dr. Yocunda Clayton will be serving as the Board Chair for 2019.

You can view the bios and pictures of all our Board of Health members, along with the Board meeting agendas and minutes, on our website:

https://www.jcdh.org/SitePages/About/BoardOfHealth/BOHMembers.aspx

The South East Lake Collective brings together community-based assets for building concrete pathways where women can thrive and lead productive lives. The Collective’s Women’s Worth Program is an innovative visioning and planning partnership between Promoting Empowerment and Enrichment Resources, Inc. (P.E.E.R. Inc.), Urban Collective and the National Hook Up of Black Women (NHBW). The Collective is creating a pathway to employment for 10-14 women by providing mentors, access to educational and employment opportunities, personal development classes and enrollment in a job certification program in the South East Lake area of Birmingham. This project is a strategic initiative developed by Gregory C. Townsend, MPPM, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Change Leader (CoHL) and funded by the foundation. The Women’s Worth Program is removing stigmas and creating opportunities for women to see their potential for building a culture of change in their community.


 
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Birmingham, AL 35233
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Midfield, AL 35228
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