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Region 7 Public Health Office

Want to know what services we can offer in the community to help prevent injuries and disease?
Check out what our health promotion team can offer.

Chronic Disease Prevention Education and support to Churches, Youth and Schools and Community Groups
Much of the chronic disease burden, such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes and cancer, is preventable through lifestyle modifications related to physical activity and nutrition.  The Chronic Disease Prevention Health Education staff can provide training and resources needed to create fitness and wellness programs for your community. Additionally, the staff can provide presentations on various topics related to chronic disease and lifestyle changes. Contact Karen Hill, Chronic Disease Prevention Manager at (843) 953-4308.

School- Based Dental Program
DHEC coordinates dental preventative and restorative services for Title I elementary, middle and high schools in Charleston County. For more information contact Sharon Crossley at (843) 579-4522.
Please follow this link for additional Dental Health Information.

Smoking Cessation Classes
Tobacco use is the leading cause of disease and premature death in South Carolina.  To learn more about efforts in the community to enact smoke-free policies and smoking cessation contact Martha Dunlap at (843) 579-4523. 
Visit Quit for Keeps.

HIV/AIDS : Education and Prevention Group Class
Group classes are conducted for high risk populations such as those within the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Charleston County Detention Center. African Americans in the three counties account for approximately 64% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Region 7. Our HIV/AIDS health educator provides group interventions in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties using the American Red Cross African American Curriculum. This Education and Prevention Course addresses public health concerns for African American communities in the area of HIV prevention. It is designed by African Americans for African Americans. This curriculum is abstinence plus covering abstinence education as well as condom use for disease prevention.

Black Church Week of Prayer
The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is a week-long education and awareness campaign highlighting the role of the Black Church in addressing the AIDS crisis. This campaign serves to pave the way for the continuous delivery of prevention education and services to the African American community via faith communities. SCDHEC Region 7 along with Lowcountry AIDS Services implements the Black Church week of Prayer each year.

National HIV Testing Day
Every June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. It is important that individuals learn their HIV status so that if they are HIV positive, they can get into care and reduce their chance of infecting others. We provide risk reduction education to all clients who test negative, helping them to develop a risk reduction plan so that they can remain negative. We seek to provide free HIV Testing and Counseling in high risk communities. SCDHEC Region 7 offers free and confidential HIV testing and counseling in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. Please call the SC AIDS hotline for testing locations at 1-800-322-AIDS.

World AIDS Day Candlelight March
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Each year we partner with Lowcountry AIDS Services to raise awareness around the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. A candlelight march is held annually, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Charleston. Throughout the day, HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention activities are held in the tri-county area. For the starting and ending locations of the annual World Aids Day march call the SC AIDS hotline 1-800-322-AIDS. SCDHEC Region 7 continues to promote World AIDS Day and would like to increase participation from members of the African American Community.

* To find out how you can participate in any of the HIV/AIDS activities, call Catherine Lamkin at (843) 579-4524 *

Child Safety Seat Fitting Station for the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration
With over 90 child restraint systems available, selecting the right seat and installing it correctly can be an overwhelming experience for parents or caregivers. To help with this process, Region 7 Health Educators offer child passenger safety seat checks in coordination with the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of the seat check is to educate parents and caregivers about appropriate safety seat use and to make sure the seat is the right one for the child and fits in the vehicle correctly. Checks are performed by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. If used correctly, child safety seats are 71 percent effective in reducing fatalities in children under the age of 5. South Carolina law requires every driver of a motor vehicle to provide an appropriate child passenger restraint system for children five years of age or younger.

For more information about child passenger safety seats or to schedule an appointment for a seat check, call Maudra Rogers at (843) 792-5327.