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Free Books for Children

The Henderson County Department of Public Health participates in the Reach Out and Read® childhood literacy program. At each well-child visit from six months through five years of age, providers give parents an age-appropriate book and guidance on the importance of reading aloud to their child and ways to make reading fun to children of all ages.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Smart Start of Henderson County offer a program that mails new, age-appropriate books to enrolled Henderson County children every month. Books are free for children birth to five years. Reading is essential to school success, and you can help your child get ready to read. Learn more.

Classes & Instruction

Breastfeeding Support Service
We encourage all women to breastfeed their infants. Breastfeeding education and assistance is available. Please contact the WIC office at (828) 694-6030 for more information.

Childbirth Classes
The Small Wonders Childbirth Class Series are Lamaze-based classes that will teach you how to have a healthy birth and cope with the stages of labor. You will learn about common interventions during labor and birth, as well as breastfeeding and bonding. The series also includes a tour of one local hospital's labor and delivery unit.

Classes are held for five weeks on a weeknight from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and are offered in both English and Spanish.

For registration and fee information, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.

Child Passenger Safety
We offer child passenger safety classes on Wednesdays from 12:00 -1:00 pm. Our child passenger safety technician provides education for parents on car seat usage and proper installation. Depending on availability, a free car seat is provided to parents in need of assistance who attend the class. Otherwise, a referral form will be given to help parents locate a reduced cost car seat.

To register, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.

The Department of Public Health is also a resource for assisting parents in locating free or reduced price infant and booster seats.

Infant Care Classes
Moms, build your skills in caring for your infant. FREE classes are held the first and third Monday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the health department. Caregivers welcome too. Call 694-6066 to register.

KidFit is a weight management program for children and teens ages 2-18 years of age. Individual nutrition counseling services are provided at the Henderson County Department of Public Health by a registered dietitian. Families are taught to make healthy choices through interactive lessons and encouraged to participate in daily physical activity. Please read the bilingual KidFit brochure on our Publications page.

To participate in the program, contact your child's doctor, school nurse, or Amy McCall at (828) 694-6029 at the Henderson County Department of Public Health. We must receive a referral from your child's health care provider prior to starting the program. Referrals may be faxed to (828) 694-1600.

Check with your insurance company for dietitian counseling coverage. The program is covered by Medicaid; discounted services are available by providing annual gross income and number of persons in the household.

Our priority is to serve your child; no child will be denied services because of inability to pay.

Smoking Cessation

North Carolinians ready to quit smoking may call the QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). QuitlineNC is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. It is confidential and free for all North Carolinians. Quit Coaching through QuitlineNC is available in English and Spanish. Interpretation service is available for other languages.

Smoking Cessation Clinic
This clinic is sponsored by the Asheville VA Medical Center and held at the Henderson County Department of Public Health. For more information, call Donna Alexander at (828) 298-7911, ext. 2970.

The Free Clinics
Are you ready to give up tobacco for good? Smoking cessation classes are held periodically at the Free Clinics. The seven-week course is led by a trained facilitator. To sign up or for more information, contact The Free Clinics at 841 Case Street in Hendersonville, or call (828) 697-8422.

Park Ridge Health
Free smoking cessation classes are offered by Park Ridge Health. Call 866-PRHLife or 687-6288 if interested.

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Local and Regional Resources

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Have you ever wondered how to find help or a community service for yourself or someone in need? Simply dial 2-1-1 from your home, office or cell phone, any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to learn about vital services in your community. This call is free, confidential and available in any language.

United Way's 2-1-1 of Western North Carolina is a local community service information line.

Aging Well Learning Network
This site seeks to serve older adults, caregivers, and professionals in the field of aging throughout Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina.  

Blue Ridge Community Health Services is located at 64E & Howard Gap Road or 2579 Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville. Call (828) 692-4289 to learn more about their services.

Children & Family Resource Center
The Children & Family Resource Center promotes the well being of children as it advocates for them and their families, facilitates coordination and collaboration among children’s programs, and provides services and resources for children and their families. See their resource Agencies Serving Youth in Henderson County.

Community Resources for Health & Wellness
This brochure is a list of local resources for health and wellness needs.

Eat Smart Move More NC

El Centro of Henderson County
The mission of El Centro is to create a more inclusive community for Latinos by providing unique services, developing grassroots leaders, and working together to access community resources.

Girls on the Run
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement through running.This character-development program for pre-adolescent girls (3rd-8th grades) strengthens girls physically, emotionally, and socially in preparation to face the upcoming pressures of adolescence.The program is offered on a sliding scale starting at $15, and no girl is turned away for inability to pay.

Healthy North Carolina 2020

Henderson County Public Schools Migrant Education Program
This program is designed to improve educational opportunities for migrant children who change schools frequently and often miss school due to their parents’ transient work in agriculture. The staff works in close partnership with schools, parents, health and social service agencies, and the community at large to identify and serve migrant families. The program offers academic support and addresses family needs. It is free and confidential.

HopeRx is a community-based prescription drug abuse initiative centered on education, prevention and treatment. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when given in time. Naloxone Nasal Spray Kits are available with a prescription to those at risk of overdose and for family members who have a loved one at risk. Call The Free Clinics at (828) 697-8453.

It's OK to Ask addresses youth suicide prevention. Videos on the site were created by North Carolina students.

Medication Disposal: the Henderson County Sheriff's Department collects medications in their Unwanted, Unused, Expired Medication Collection Program. Read this brochure to learn how to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication safely.

NC Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line
1-800-737-3028 A toll-free help line for parents and professionals with children and youth who have special health care needs or send an email to: CYSHCN.Helpline@dhhs.nc.gov

Referral Flow Chart for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
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NC Health Info, a service of the UNC Health Sciences Library, offers access to web sites of health and medical information and local health services serving North Carolina residents.

Pardee Hospital can be reached at (828) 696-1000. The hospital is located at 800 North Justice Street.

Park Ridge Health is located at 100 Hospital Drive in Hendersonville. Call (828) 684-8501 to learn more about Park Ridge Health.

Safe Surrender—What you know about North Carolina's Safe Surrender Law could save a life. This law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender a newborn up to 7 days old to a responsible adult and walk away. Call 1-800-FOR-BABY. In an emergency, call 911.

Smart Start of Henderson County believes that every child's future begins at birth. Smart Start is an early education initiative created to ensure that all young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Smoky Mountain LME/MCO is for anyone in western North Carolina who would like more information about finding mental health services or who needs help in a mental health or addiction crisis. Call Smoky Mountain LME/MCO for free, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-849-6127.

Spirit of Women is a national designation that refers to the hospital’s commitment to provide exclusive programming that engages physicians and women—the spirited influencers of healthcare choices—through inspiring experiences, events, education and communications. Pardee Hospital holds this designation in Henderson County.

St. Gerard House - Autism Spectrum Disorder
St. Gerard House, a non-profit serving families facing autism, offers evidence-based treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, developmental delays and behavioral health needs. In addition, we provide training, consultation, and support for families, educators, institutions, and any others involved with the treatment or care of these individuals. Our services are available to families and professionals in Western North Carolina. Call (828) 693-4223 for more information.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Smart Start of Henderson County offer a program that mails new, age-appropriate books to enrolled Henderson County children every month. Books are free for children birth to five years. Reading is essential to school success, and you can help your child get ready to read.

The Free Clinics (TFC) enhances the Henderson County healthcare system to ensure the accessibility of quality healthcare for uninsured, low-income clients. TFC works with volunteers and partnering healthcare providers to provide healthcare, prevention, education, medication access, and case management services, including specialty referrals.

5-2-1 5-2-1-Almost None! stands for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day; 2 hours or less of screen time per day; 1 hour of physical activity per day; and almost none sugared beverages per day. WNC Healthy Kids advocates that we commit to using 5-2-1-Almost None! to organize and strengthen efforts for reducing childhood obesity.

WNC Healthy Impact is a partnership between hospitals and health departments in western North Carolina to improve community health.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a program for adults who want to help youth with mental health challenges. Smoky Mountain LME/ MCO (Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization) offers community trainings for Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid at least once each year in our county. Please contact Michelle Tyler with the Smoky Mountain Community Collaboration Department. Call 1-800893-6246 x 5125 or visit the Smoky Calendar of Events at www.smokymountaincenter.com.

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National Resources

The websites below are starting points for both the public and the health care professional. Please note that the Department of Public Health does not necessarily endorse the information or advertising associated with these websites. Please contact your health care provider before using any health information obtained from the Internet.

Find information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, drugs and wellness issues. Other tools include medical dictionaries and current health news. Very reliable for drug information. Español

Reliable health information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Español

Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Español

Provides doctor-approved, jargon-free health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

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Last updated November 25, 2015