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County Board of Health Establishes Priorities

Feb 18, 2020

The Cumberland County Board of Health established priorities for the Department of Public Health during a special planning meeting on Feb. 7 at the Bordeaux Branch Library.

The board agreed to four external, or community focused, priorities for the short and long term:

  • Increase partnerships and collaboration with groups from various sectors, including academic, military, healthcare and faith-based organizations
  • Expand mental health and substance abuse services
  • Improve health literacy through expanded communication platforms and school outreach efforts
  • Explore expanding community access to the Health Department services

The board also established internal priorities for the department:

  • Increase staff recruitment and retention, assess employee satisfaction and improve morale
  • Improve quality and efficiency of services through Electronic Health Records and other methods
  • Expand outreach through Health Department specific social media platforms 

Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green and a staff team will begin developing a draft strategic plan with goals, objectives and action steps for each priority for the board to consider by May or June.

“The Board of Health realizes the important role we have in helping guide public health services in our community and many of our priorities focus on collaboration and communication,” said Dr. Connette McMahon, the board’s chair.

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.