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The Health and Safety of Wake County Residents is Paramount.

During my tenure as a Wake County Board Commissioner, we have:

  • Increased the sheriff’s department budget – funding two new narcotics officers for Wake County Sheriff’s Department

  • Restructured Wake County fire services – resulting in higher pay, higher standard of cover, and lower fire insurance rates for those in the fire district

  • Restructured and fully funded Wake County EMS for 12-hour shifts – Wake County EMS universally recognized as one of the best EMS systems in the country

  • Naloxone provided to all first responders, helping to keep Wake County’s Opioid overdose death rate much lower than national average

  • Funded additional correctional officer positions to staff the Wake County Jail

  • Established new maternal health clinic at Millbrook Center, providing prenatal care to hundreds more women every year.

  • Wake County is now the “healthiest” employer in North Carolina, due to innovative employee health plans, clinics and exercise programs

"Social Determinants of Health" tells us that where we live, or our "zip code" is more of a determinant of how long we will live than our "DNA code." That is why we are starting a "Population Health Task Force" in Wake County to improve the life expectancy and well-being of all of our citizens. We sat down with Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Science to talk more about our work and to hear his thoughts. Dr. Dzau had a very clear message of the importance of our work.

Posted by Sig Hutchinson For Wake on Sunday, March 5, 2017