Welcome To Swain County
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The Statewide Health Promotion Program of North Carolina supports community-based programs promoting policy and environmental changes that will support increased physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation. Our Healthy Communities Department is involved with many partner agencies to help improve the quality of health within our community.

Our Focus: Tobacco Use, Obesity as related to Chronic Disease with emphasis on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Tobacco Prevention:
• Help in quitting smoking – Call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669.)
Telephone Service is available 24/7 toll-free
• Smoke-free parks & Recreation
• NC Restaurants and Bars Law
• Second-hand smoke facts
• Fresh Start cessation classes
• NC Tobacco Prevention and Control (external link)

• Lunch & Learn Series – focusing on health topics- Nutrition & Physical Activity.
• Walking Group – Monday afternoons at 5:00 pm
• Diabetes Prevention classes – weekly
• Eat Smart Move More (external link)
• My Plate (external link)

• 5-2-1-Almost None (external link)

Substance Abuse Prevention

Swain Health Department through a grant from Project Lazarus sponsors the Coalition for a Drug Free Swain County.
Project Lazarus – Go To - http://projectlazarus.org/
• In conjunction with Swain County Schools – “Sticker Shock” project
• In conjunction with pharmacies – “Take Correctly, Dispose Properly, Store Securely, Never Share” Campaign
• Lock boxes for medication
• Promotion of Naloxone (the antidote that reverses an opioid overdose
• Prevention of overdose through education and information

Classes Offered

Please call Swain Health Department 828 488-3198 x 2017 if you are interested in these classes:
• Diabetes Prevention - 1 hour classes – times vary
• Who MOVED My Cheese - a presentation on “CHANGE"


Health Department
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Alison Cochran, Director
828-488-3198 x2002
Fax 828-488-8672

Amber Frost, Assistant Health Director
828-488-3198 x 2025

Suzanne Howard, Operations Director
828-488-3198 x 2003

Brent Jones, Environmental Health Supervisor
828-488-3198 x 2028

Office Hours:
Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Monday – Friday