Board of Health Handbook
2022 Brunswick County Board of Health Handbook
This Handbook was developed to benefit both new and current board members to support them in their public health related decision making. Our aim is to provide information about the Brunswick County Board of Health, Public Health in North Carolina, the Brunswick County Health Services and the health status individuals living, working and playing in Brunswick County. Resources on this page will be updated and shared with the Board of Health at least yearly.
The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners establishes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 through 2023 meeting schedule to include one regular meeting to occur the first Monday of each month at 3 pm and one regular meeting to occur the third Monday of each month at 6 pm. Such meetings will be held in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building, 30 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia, NC, in the County Commissioners' Chambers.
About Brunswick County Health Services
On January 19, 1949, the Brunswick County Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the Brunswick County Board of Health to work out a plan for the establishment of a full-time Public Health Department. This decision favorably resolved months of agitation on the part of interested citizens who sought to have Brunswick County added to the list of 96 North Carolina counties with health departments. Read More: A Historical Look at Brunswick County Health Services (PDF).
The mission of BCHS is to preserve, protect, and improve the health of the community. This mission is accomplished through the collection and dissemination of health information, education, and service programs aimed at the prevention of disease, protection of the environment, and improvement of the quality of life of our citizens. In order to fulfill this very broad mission, Brunswick County Health Services partners with the NC Division of Public Health and receives funding and support for some public health programs. This contract process is formalized annually in the Consolidated Agreement between the NC Division of Public Health and Brunswick County Health Services.
Brunswick County's Strategic Plan (PDF) is an organizational management tool that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. The purpose of the strategic plan is to help guide decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. The strategic plan not only plans where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress but also how it will know if it is successful. A yearly review is completed, as well as updating statistics as needed, related to the goals and objectives that are presented in the strategic plan. New issues are added as needed throughout the next three years.
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted by Brunswick County Health Services every three years to determine the community's needs and develop programs to address health priorities. Community Health Opinion Surveys are disseminated to residents, and the results are analyzed and compared to secondary data from the State Center for Health Statistics. Learn more about our past and current CHNA documents and process at:
The Community Health Assessment Team develops a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for addressing the health issues deemed as priorities within the Community Health Assessment. The CHIP provides a list of resources and a guide of the interventions to address the health risk that is identified in the CHA. The CHIP is continually updated as programming and interventions are completed and new programs are implemented.
You can view the Brunswick County's 2020-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
The State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report is produced each of the three years between CHAs to provide updates on the progress made on the health priorities and identify new health concerns. View our latest SOTCH Report (PDF).