Boards of Health Resources

NC Public Health AgenciesNational Public Health AgenciesPublic Health Law

Public Health Accreditation

What is Public Health?

Public Health Advocacy

Public Health DataNC Public Health OrganizationsNational Public Health Organizations

Board-Specific Information & Tools

Board Trainings

Miscellaneous

 

NC Public Health Agencies

NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH)
NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR)

National Public Health Agencies

US Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS)
US DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
US DHHS, Food and Drug Administration
US DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration
US DHHS, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
US DHHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
US Department of Transportation (US DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Public Health Law

NC Commission for Public Health
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) – Environmental Management Commission
NC General Statutes
NC Office of Administrative Hearings
Public Health Law Center
UNC School of Government – NC Public Health Law
This website contains links to books, book chapters and articles written by attorney staff at the UNC School of Government that are specific to public health in North Carolina. Recent publications include: Introduction to Local Public Health Services in North Carolina (Moore, 2011), Types of Local Health Departments in North Carolina, FY 2011-12, and Public Health Authorities (Moore, 2011).
What is a County Advisory Committee on Health and Who Has to Have One? From the UNC School of Government

Public Health Accreditation

NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH), For Local Health Departments – Accreditation
NC Institute for Public Health – NC Local Health Department Accreditation
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) -Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) – Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department
National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP)
National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments
Public Health Accreditation Board

What is Public Health?

Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) – What is Public Health?
US DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The Public Health System and the Ten Essential Services
US DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration – Public Health

Public Health Advocacy

National Public Health Week
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) – Public Health Advocacy
Research America-Public Health Advocacy Toolkit

Public Health Data

America’s Health Rankings
CareShare Health Alliance, Resources – Data Sources
NC DHHS, Facts and Figures – Statistics and Publications by Topic
NC State Center for Health Statistics
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce – Health Data Tools and Statistics
US DHHS – HealthData.gov
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute – County Health Rankings

NC Public Health Organizations

Association of North Carolina Boards of Health
Community Care of North Carolina
NC Association of County Commissioners
NC Association of Local Health Directors
NC Community Health Center Association
NC Institute of Medicine
NC Public Health Association
NC Public Health Foundation

National Public Health Organizations

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
National Association of County and City Health Officials NAACHO
National Conference of State Legislatures – Health
The Public Health Foundation
Research America
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Trust for America’s Health

Board-Specific Information & Tools

Community Health Assessments
CareShare Health Alliance – Healthy Carolinians
Community Health Assessment and Improvement Toolkit
NC Division of Public Health – Community Health Assessments
NCIPH Community Health Assessments
US DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Associate Director for Policy – Resources for Implementing the Community Health Needs Assessment Process

 

Environmental Health
US DHHS, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) – Board of Health Recommendations for Hiring Qualified Environmental Health Practitioners
Office of Education and Training, Environmental Health Section, NC Division of Public Health

 

Governance
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) – Board Education Video Series
NC Institute of Medicine–Improving North Carolina’s Health: Applying Evidence for Success (2012)
US DHHS, Office of Inspector General and The American Health Lawyers Association – Corporate Responsibility and Health Care Quality: A Resource for Health Care Boards of Directors
US DHHS, Office of Inspector General and The American Health Lawyers Association Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Compliance: A Resource for Health Care Boards of Directors
US DHHS, Office of Inspector General – A Toolkit for Health Care Boards

 

Health Indicators
NC Division of Public Health – Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health
US DHHS – Healthy People 2020

 

Open Meetings
NC Department of Justice, Guide to Open Government and Public Records
NC Department of Justice – Open Government
NC Department of Justice, Open Meetings: Questions and Answers
UNC School of Government:

 

Minutes
NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH), For Local Health Departments, Accreditation – Board of Health Meeting Minutes Template

 

Board Member Job Descriptions
The Bridgespan Group, Boardsource – Board Member Job Descriptions

 

Organizational Charts
NC DHHS, Organizational Chart
US DHHS, Organizational Chart

 

Robert’s Rules of Order
League of Women Voters of Evanston – Robert’s Rules of Order – Summary Version
Virginia Division for the Aging – Roberts Rules of Order – Simplified

 

Policy Development
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) – State Health Policy Tracking

Board Trainings

Orientation for Local Boards of Health
There are three parts to the Orientation for Local Boards of Health:

Each of these is described in more detail below.

Part 1: Introduction to Public Health in NC
This online module is a prerequisite for all new board members before attending Part 2. There is no registration fee for completing the module and it can be completed in approximately 1.5 hours. While it is required for all new board members, existing board members are encouraged to complete the module as a refresher to public health in N.C. The following sections are covered in the module:

Module 1 – What is Public Health?
Module 2 – Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Module 3 – Core Functions and Ten Essential Services of Public Health
Module 4 – Public Health Infrastructure
Module 5 – Public Health in NC
Module 6 – Public Health in the Context of the Broader Health Care Delivery System
Click here to register

Part 2: The Role and Responsibility of NC Local Boards of Health
This is a two-hour classroom-based session led by an experienced, retired health director or by a former board of health member who has served at either the local, state, or national level. Health departments must contact the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in order to schedule Part 2. (Note: New board members must complete Part 1 before attending Part 2.) The following sections will be covered in the training:

Section 1 – The Public Health Challenge
Section 2 – Serving Your Community: Understanding the Role of the Board of Health
Section 3 – Role and Expectations of Board Members
Section 4 – Legal Responsibilities and Authority
Section 5 – The Effective Board/Health Director Relationship

For more information or to schedule a training session, please contact Dorothy Cilenti at cilenti@email.unc.edu.

Part 3: Supplemental Learning
Once board members have completed Part 2, they are encouraged to continue their training by reading various supplemental learning resources, such as the resources provided on this Board of Health Resources page.

Boards of Health Rulemaking
Prerequisite: Orientation for Local Boards of Health
Once board of health members have served on the board for a while, the time may come when board members will be asked to work with the board to make a rule. Rulemaking is an essential function of boards of health. However, the making of rules is a complex task and to this end, this module is designed to support board of health members in this endeavor.

This module was designed to bolster board of health members’ knowledge about the rulemaking responsibility, boundaries and procedures by answering some of the fundamental questions about board of health rules. First, what is a board of health rule? Second, what kind of rules may a board of health adopt? Third, what is the board’s general authority to make rules as well as the limitations on this authority? The module also reviews a few of the procedural requirements that North Carolina law imposes on the rulemaking process. While these questions seem quite basic, board of health members will be surprised to see how complicated the answers have become over the years.

The module takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and contains the following sections:

  • Section 1: What is a Board of Health (BOH) Rule?
  • Section 2: Rules that a Board of Health May Adopt (This section is currently being updated.)
  • Part 1: Authority to Make Rules
  • Part 2: Special Limitations on Rulemaking
  • Section 3: Procedural Requirements for Rulemaking
  • Part 1: Rulemaking Checklist
  • Part 2: Rulemaking Process

Click here to register

Miscellaneous

US DHHS, Affordable Care Act
US DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine, Health Services Research Information Central – Health Care Reform, Health Economics, and Health Policy