To Protect and Promote Health Through Prevention and Control of Disease and Injury.
Public Health’s mission is to protect and promote health. This is accomplished through the prevention of disease and injury and the promotion of good health habits, to ensure a longer, healthier life. Striving to meet these challenges, the Health Department offers a wide range of services that are critical to the well being of our community. These diverse programs include those mandated by the State; such as communicable disease, public health planning, preparedness and response, environmental health and vital records. Other programs include a combination of direct health care services and community-wide programs. In addition, Health Department staff play a prominent role in partnering with the community to create innovative programs to address specific health problems, such as breast cancer awareness, childhood immunizations, injury prevention and dental care.
Today, there are many challenges facing the health status of our community including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, teenage pregnancy, communicable disease, vector-borne disease, safe food and water, and dental care, as well as biological, chemical and radiological terrorism.
More than ever, it is the people…you…who can help keep our communities and our children safe and healthy. Every citizen has a responsibility to become informed and involved in ensuring a healthy future for themselves, their family and their community.
Robert R. Wittmann, M.P.H
The Moore County Board of Health is the policy making, rule-making and adjudicatory body for Moore County Health Department. The Board of Health has the responsibility to protect and promote the public health. It has the authority to adopt rules necessary for that purpose.
The Board is composed of eleven members that reasonably reflect the population makeup of the county. By law, the eleven members of the Board include eight designated professionals and three representatives of the general public. The members are appointed by the Moore County Board of Commissioners.
The Moore County Board of Health:
- Follows North Carolina General Statutes.
- Meets quarterly at the request of the Chairman.
- Is the policy-making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for the County Health Department.
- Members are appointed by the Moore County Board of County Commissioners.
- Membership consists of one licensed physician, one licensed dentist, one licensed pharmacist, one County Commissioner, one professional engineer, one registered nurse, one licensed optometrist, one licensed veterinarian, and three persons from the general public.
- Elects its own chairman annually. The County Health Director shall serve as secretary to the County Board of Health.
Questions about the Board, meetings or appointments can be directed to the Secretary to the Board at 910-947-4500. Mr. Robert R. Wittmann, Health Director serves as the Secretary to the Board of Health.
|Tim Boyte, D.V.M. (Veterinarian)||1/2011||1/2017|
|Max Muse, R.N., M.E. (Nurse)||7/2014||4/2019|
|Warren Lewis (Member-at-Large)||8/2014||8/2017|
|Betty Goodridge, MHA, CMA (Member-at-Large)||2/2014||7/2019|
|Severt Jacobson, M.D. (Physician) Vice Chair||11/2013||12/2016|
|Michele P. Keel, O.D. (Optometrist)||7/2011||7/2017|
Dennis Mabe, P.E. (Engineer) CHAIR
|Sharon Odom, R.T. (R) (Member-at-Large)||4/2016||4/2017|
|William Mang, PharmD (Pharmacist)||3/2016||3/2019|
Kamron Monroe, D.D.S. (Dentist)
|Nick Picerno (County Commissioner)||2/2009||Ex-Officio|
The Moore County Board of Health Meeting Schedule 2016:
Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and are held in the Boardroom of the Moore County Health Department at 705 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC 28327.
Called meetings, as necessary, may be set by the Board Chair.
- January 11, 2016
- March 8, 2016
- May 9, 2016
- July 12, 2016
- October 10, 2016
- December 6, 2016
All meetings are open to the public
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- Child Fatality Task force
- Dogwood Health Care Network
- Emergency Management Exercise Design Committee
- Hazardous Materials Planning Committee
- Moore County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition
- Moore County Amateur Radio Society
- Moore County Child Fatality Task Force
- Moore County Criminal Justice Committee
- Moore County Inter-Agency Council
- Moore County Partners for Children and Families
- Moore County Safe Kids Coalition
- Moore Free Care ClinicMoore
- Health Inc.
- More County Juvenile Justice / Crime Prevention Council
- Sandhills Community Care Network (6 Counties)
- South Central Health Directors Group (12 Counties)
- South Central Partnership (14 Counties)
- State-County Criminal Justice Partnership Program Advisory Board
MooreHealth is a volunteer community organization committed to developing cooperative planning that promotes health and improves the quality-of-life for the residents of Moore County. This organization, composed of representatives from a broad spectrum of the community, will provide a mechanism for innovative, cost-effective and challenging approaches for a healthier tomorrow by coordinating resources of Moore County for the greater benefit of its residents.
MooreHealth will collaboratively assess needs, raise awareness, and identify resources to address them.
To promote health and quality of life.
Identified 2014-2017 Health Priorities:
The Moore County Health Department and its governing body, The Moore County Board of Health, was organized in 1928. It was located in the present Historic Courthouse with a staff of three, a health director, a nurse and a clerk. The first health director was John M. Symington, M.D. He remained as health director until 1941.
In 1941, Benjamin M. Drake, M.D. became health director. He increased the health department space from two rooms to the entire third floor of the courthouse and established satellite clinics in Cameron and Robbins.
Jessie Willcox, M.D. became health director in 1943 and remained in that position until 1965. In 1951, the Health Department moved into a new health center at the corner of Ray and Saunders streets in Carthage.
The department continued to grow under the leadership of Alfred G. Siege, M.D. as health director from 1966 to 1985.
Robert R. Wittmann, M.P.H. became health director in 1985. In 1989 the department moved into its present facilities located at 705 Pinehurst Ave. in Carthage. The health department currently employs a staff of roughly 50 professionals representing a wide variety of health related disciplines. Programs and services include community health assessment, health promotion, communicable disease, epidemiology, personal health/clinical services, and environmental health.
Today the department is involved in a wide range of collaborative community health activities designed to protect and promote health through prevention and control of disease and injury.
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