Health Education

The purpose of the Health Education/Health Promotion/CODAP Services unit within the Cleveland County Public Health Center is to provide education and prevention materials and programs to residents of Cleveland County.  Materials and programs are provided on the following topics on a regular basis:

  • Chronic Health Conditions and Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease
  • Healthy living topics such as physical activity and nutrition
  • Reproductive health and safety
  • Substance use prevention and harm reduction
  • Life stages and population health
  • Workplace wellness and safety

Programs and Community Coalitions Facilitated by Health Education:

  • Satellite Foothills Farmers Market at Cleveland County Public Health Center
  • Safe Sitter Classes
  • Live Healthy Cleveland County
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition
  • Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Project: This grant-funded initiative targets the prevention of teen pregnancies among students in Cleveland County.
  • Puberty Education: Health Education staff members teach a 60-minute puberty education program to all fifth-grade students in Cleveland County Schools. 
  • Strong Teens Youth Council: The Strong Teens Youth Council is composed of students enrolled in Cleveland County Schools who have completed the Strong TeensMaking Proud Choices curriculum and who are interested in serving as peer leaders to reduce adolescent pregnancy in Cleveland County.
  • Eat Smart Move More Coalition:  This coalition serves as a community roundtable for the discussion of environmental and policy changes supporting physical activity and healthy eating in Cleveland County. 
  • Minority Health Council:  This program responds to health disparities identified in the Community Health Assessment and/or State of the County Health Reports. 
  • Roots & Wings/Juvenile Crime Prevention: The Roots & Wings program provides two unique prevention/intervention programs: Parent and Youth Skill Building (PAYS) and Success Through Effective Parenting Strategies (STEPS). PAYS provides a prevention/intervention program targeting Cleveland County court-adjudicated youth. Referrals to the program are accepted from Juvenile Court, Department of Social Services, Mental Health professionals, physicians, School Counselors, and parents/guardians of youth.  STEPS provides an intervention program targeting parents/guardians with students enrolled in elementary, intermediate and middle schools in Cleveland County who are experiencing truancy-related issues.  Referrals to this program are accepted from Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland County Court System and Department of Juvenile Services only. CLICK HERE To be used by DSS, DJJ, etc. to refer a student to the Roots and Wings Program


The Community Organization for Drug Abuse Prevention (CODAP) Services utilizes Health Education Specialists to implement substance abuse prevention education programming and strategies in the school and community setting addressing alcohol, tobacco (including electronic tobacco products) and other drugs including marijuana and prescription medications.    

  • Too Good for Drugs 7thGrade: Evidence-based substance use prevention program facilitated in 7th grade health classes at each of the four middle schools in the county. 
  • Catch My Breath:  This evidence-based program is designed to address the national epidemic of youth vaping and can be delivered in four sessions at multiple grade levels in school-based settings. 
  • Student Options and Redirection (SOAR):The SOAR program is an early intervention program targeting youth and parents where treatment for substance abuse is not yet warranted.  Students may be referred to the SOAR program by school administrators if a student has violated Cleveland County Schools’ substance abuse policies. Successful completion results in the student’s school suspension being reduced from an automatic ten days according to school policy to only five days if the referral is from the school system.  If the referral is from the court system, appropriate court officials are notified of completion. Parent(s) or guardian(s) may also make referrals to the SOAR program if they suspect their child may have substance abuse issues and are interested in early intervention/prevention services. 
  • Drug Free Communities InitiativeThis initiative is a five-year federal grant award focusing on alcohol and drug use issues identified by the community. Activities under this initiative are developed and implemented with guidance from a community coalition (SAPC) and led by a Health Education Specialist. 
  • Substance Abuse Prevention CoalitionThis coalition serves as a community forum to develop and support environmental and policy changes regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (illicit, prescribed, and over-the-counter medications) in Cleveland County.  SAPC members engage the community in targeted substance abuse prevention efforts such as billboard and poster contests, youth councils and community forums.