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Angelina Co. Health District gets grant renewal

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The Angelina County and Cities Health District believe that too many people in hospitals that don't need to be there.

That's what Director Sharon Shaw said inspired the health district to apply for a grant.

"We were thrilled," said Shaw. "To be funded, and our groups getting out in the community and vaccinating with over 2,000 pneumonia and flu shots makes a big impact to the health of our community."

The grant is part of the potentially preventable hospitalization initiative.

With the grant the health district looked to raise awareness as much as possible.

The goal was to vaccinate 550 people for pneumonia. The group vaccinated 2,203 people.

The group was aiming to vaccinate 550 people, but ended up vaccinating 4,480 people.

The District wanted to reach 2,754 people with Dehydration education, when the group was only looking at reaching 100.

Shaw says that community groups like the Christian Information and Service Center is what made the grant so successful the first time around.

"We're actually giving the vaccinations at places like apartments and the food bank and also at service groups," Shaw said. "We are touching a wide Variety of folks and we are doing education on health care."

With the grant renewed, the health district has new goals.

"Adding high blood pressure here in East Texas is huge because we battle it every day here," Shaw said. "We need to educate our public on how to be tested, how to check their blood pressure and also taking their medication in a timely fashion."

Shaw added that over the next 24 months, the state will be releasing numbers from the study so The Health District will be able to monitor their progress with the program.

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