The new Mecklenburg County Health Department Director recommends one full time nurse in every CMS school!
We were thrilled to hear Dr. Plescia, the new Health Dept Director for Mecklenburg County, talk about the need for one full time nurse in every CMS school. He spoke at the County budget retreat last week in front of the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager and others. He explained loud and clear why there is need for one nurse in every school. He made a very compelling argument demonstrating the way nurses protect the health and safety of all school children. Between the momentum from our group's advocacy and the strong words of our new Health Department Director, we know now is the time to keep advocating for more school nurses. If ever there was a time to make this happen, it truly is right now. We want to give a heart felt thank you to Dr. Plescia. He is renowned in the area of public health and we are so lucky to have him in Charlotte and advocating for our children.
If ever there was a time to get involved and help, that time is truly now! The Mecklenburg County Commissioners have their budget retreat this week and they need to hear from us now as they prioritize funding for the budget. If you go to the "How I Can Help tab" you can find out how to send just ONE EMAIL to reach all elected officials. You can help by spending 5 minutes to write one single email and let them know you care about the health and safety of our school children. It makes a difference. Please follow us on social media as well by liking us on facebook at ncpash. You can also follow us on twitter at ncpash and join our emailing list by giving us your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org There are many ways to reach us and so much you can give to help! The next few months are crucial to our success in once again getting more school nurses.
We truly believe that parents working together can fight for positive change for our children! We saw it happen in 2013 when we got 11 more School Nurses and 2 more Supervisors. We would like to think our group contributed to that positive change through our letters/emails to County Commissioners and others. We came out in force to the May proposed budget public hearing wearing red and showing our signs. We involved the media to inform others of this important cause. Our elected officials work for us and they need to hear our concerns. Many of them are currently running for re-election so now is the time to get involved and ask them how they feel about increasing school nurse funding! Never think that your voice cannot make a difference. We can protect our children's health and safety if we let voices be heard! Please go to the tab on this website called "How do I help?" and get the contact information for our elected officials and email them today! Please do not assume others will do this. The more people they hear from, the better. Tell our officials that accidents and injuries can happen anytime. There are more chronic medical issues than ever in our schools. Healthy children learn better. You cannot put a price on the life of a child! Please share our information with others. Follow us on twitter @ncschoolhealth Like us on facebook at ncschoolhealth and email us at email@example.com Your support is appreciated!
"Ladies in Red" advocating for more school nurses. We wear red to draw attention to our cause. Red means urgent or emergency and we feel getting more school nurse funding is an urgent issue. We hope for more school nurse funding BEFORE there is a tragedy here in CMS. Please help us. Together we really can make a difference.