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Board of Health Continues Discussion on Community Health Priorities

May 17, 2018

During its regular meeting on May 15, the Board of Health reviewed and discussed agency priorities established during their Planning Retreat last month. Those priorities include:

  • Issue a position statement on the governing structure of the Health Department. The Board of Health issued a letter to the Board of County Commissioners on May 4 indicating they would like to see the Health Department remain an independent department from the Department of Social Services and that the Board of Health would like to remain a governing board.
  • Address the need for more school heath nurses. The Board of Health during their April meeting requested an additional 7 school nurse positions be added to the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget. Of the State of North Carolina’s 115 school systems, Cumberland County Schools rank 115 in School Nurse to student ratio.
  • Increase transparency between the Health Department staff and the Board of Health and between the Board of Health and the Board of Commissioners and the community. To achieve greater transparency, the Board of Health has requested additional reports and updates on the following topics:Updates on the Adult Health Primary Care Clinic, Patient Satisfaction Reports, Staff Satisfaction Reports, and External Monitoring Reports.
  • Identify best practices to address chronic diseases, with a focus on diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
  • Lower the sexually transmitted infection rate in the County.
  • Provide messaging around opioid misuse and be a leader in the effort to combat the opioid crisis in our community.

The Board heard a presentation on Medicaid Transformation, which addressed progress at the state and local levels in planning and implementation of this statewide initiative. Advocacy for the importance of public health throughout the process is continuing to occur through the NC Association of Local Health Directors.

The 2017 Annual Report for the Department of Public Health was presented and is available online at co.cumberland.nc.us/health/community-resources/reports.

In other discussion, Board of Health members reviewed results from the recent Patient Satisfaction Survey that was conducted in March 2018 at all clinics at the Public Health Department as well as the two offsite WIC offices in Spring Lake and Hope Mills. Overall 91 percent of respondents reported that they were “completely satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their visit and the quality of services received.

Recent external monitoring reports for the Women’s Health and Immunizations clinics conducted by the state were also reviewed. 

Final discussion centered on Board of Health vacancies. Currently the Board has openings for an engineer, pharmacist, and registered nurse. At the end of calendar year 2018 there will be openings for the dentist and veterinarian positions. To apply online at co.cumberland.nc.us/commissioners/boardapplication.aspx .

The Board of Health meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor Board Room of the Public Health Center located at 1235 Ramsey St. For more information, call 910-433-3705.

 

If you would like more information about the Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s programs and services, health-related data, or community resources, please call 910-433-3600 or visit with someone at the information desk, or visit our website at co.cumberland.nc.us/health. Comments are welcome and can be submitted on our website at co.cumberland.nc.us/feedback. The Health Department is located at 1235 Ramsey St. in Fayetteville.