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Macon County Public Health would like to remind residents that September is National Preparedness Month and is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. In today’s world, emergencies can happen unexpectedly, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism.

Melissa Leatherman, Preparedness Coordinator for Macon County Public Health reminds residents that, “police, fire, and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster so the most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care in the event you must go without electricity, water service, and access to local services for three days.”

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Spero M. Manson, the Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and head of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado at Denver, will deliver Western Carolina University’s annual public lecture in native health on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Manson will present “The Special Diabetes Program for Indians: The Power of Evidence- Based Practices” at 3 p.m. in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building.

Manson’s programs include national centers engaged in research, program development and training for native communities in rural, reservation, urban and village settings. He has published more than 150 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment and prevention of physical and mental health problems as well as addiction.

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Reports have been made recently of people receiving recorded calls from MedWest Lifeline stating that the service has been paid for and is free and all is needed is to set up a time to come install equipment.

This is not MedWest Lifeline or any MedWest affiliates. The calls have been reported to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

If you receive one of these calls do not call them back. Report the call by calling Jackson County Crimestoppers at (828)631-1125 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MedWest-Harris Home Care Services provides Lifeline as one of its services but it has to be signed up for and a nominal fee is involved.

Angel Primary Care announces the addition of Melanie Denny to the staff as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Denny brings her clinical experience with both adults and children to the practice. Her early nursing career includes five years in several U.S. Army medical facilities, including time in Kosovo, Iraq, and Germany.

After completing her military service, she has worked at medical facilities in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia.

Denny received her BSN from the University of Virginia and her MSN from Duke University. She is in the process of completing her DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, from the University of Virginia.

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