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Left to Right: Dr. Smick, Freeholder Lee Ware, Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, Freeholder Director Julie Acton, AnnMarie Ruiz (County Public Health Officer), Jill Sheppard (County Preparedness), Roslyn Council presents the Proclamation (NJ Department of Health)

 

Roslyn Council from the New Jersey Department of Health presented the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a Proclamation signed by Governor Chris Christie for NJ Rural Health Week while at the Health and Human Services drive thru flu clinic. 

Julie Acton, Freeholder Director said, “We are so proud that the state Department of Health and Governor Christie recognized our public health initiatives here in Salem County. We strive to be innovative and resourceful in bringing basic health care to all of the people in Salem County, especially those in our rural towns.”

The NJ Department of Health and Governor Christie recognized our county for their innovation and resourcefulness in providing high quality health care services in rural communities. It is a priority to continue to create opportunities and provide service to our sectors of our county.

Rural Health Week was held September 28 through September 30, 2016. This year the theme is “Caring for the Future of Our Rural Communities.” 

The proclamation was presented to organizations who are collaboratively working to improve social and health outcomes in rural areas of New Jersey and the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services staff were recognized for their continued efforts in our rural communities.

“This Proclamation recognizing Salem County is an honor. There are special challenges for public health in rural counties. Access to quality health care is a primary hurdle. We have been taking our public health screenings and flu clinics directly to the communities, and this effort goes to the heart of this Proclamation,” stated Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.

 

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Left to Right: Dr. Smick, Freeholder Lee Ware, Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, Freeholder Director Julie Acton, AnnMarie Ruiz (County Public Health Officer), Jill Sheppard (County Preparedness), Roslyn Council presents the Proclamation (NJ Department of Health)