Board of Health

The Nicholas County Board of Health is organized by the Nicholas County Commission in accordance with W. Va. Code § 16 – 2. The Board of Health acts independently of the County Commission to set health policy for Nicholas County.  Members are selected for five-year terms from county residents in a manner to prevent bias due to magisterial district, political affiliation and occupation.

The Board of Health provides mandated services through it’s functional agency, Nicholas County Health Department, including:

  • Community Health Promotion – Assessing community health status and needs, monitoring health indicators, mobilizing community around health needs, and providing health education.
  • Environmental Health Sanitation – Administering public health laws regarding drinking water, clean air, sewage, food, child care centers, recreational water facilities and general sanitation. Promoting a clean, safe environment.
  • Communicable Disease Prevention & Control – Providing communicable disease surveillance, case investigation, outbreak investigation, and emergency response to epidemics. Preventing and controlling rabies, sexually-transmitted diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response – Planning for and responding to environmental and biological-based disasters.

These basic public health services are delivered within the context of the core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance as defined in by the Ten Essential Public Health Services.

The Nicholas County Board of Health is actively working toward improving service delivery by voluntary adherence to the Public Health Accreditation Board standards.  Accreditation is a process of continuous quality improvement and administrative accountability designed to allow a public health agency to delivery standardized services for all county residents.  The Board of Health has not yet achieved the honor of accreditation, but is striving to do so for the welfare of the citizens of Nicholas County.

The Board of Health appoints a Local Health Officer, a properly licensed and trained medical doctor or osteopath, to act as the executive director of Nicholas County Health Department through supervision of agency services, employees and facilities.  The Local Health Officer serves as a non-voting member and medical advisor for the Board of Health.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health Center for Local Health monitors the activities of the Nicholas County Board of Health to ensure proper organization, mandated service delivery, general administration, financial management, facility maintenance and reporting as required in W. Va. 64 C.S.R. 73 Standards for Local Boards of Health.

The Nicholas County Board of Health operates as detailed in it’s bylaws approved in 2012.

 

Members

JOSEPH HOFFMAN (Chair):  Retired School Principal (July 2014 – June 2019)

ROBIN BROWN (Vice-Chair):  Family Resource Network Executive Director (July 2016 – June 2021)

ELIZABETH MORRIS:  X-Ray Technologist (October 2012 – June 2017)

CHRISTINA CHAPMAN:  Speech Therapist (July 2013 – June 2018)

LINDA HAYES:  Retired Licensed Practical Nurse (July 2015 – June 2020)

DR. MARK WANTZ, MD (Local Health Officer)

Fiscal Year 2017 Organizational Chart

 

Meetings

Nicholas County Board of Health holds meetings in accordance with W. Va. 64 C.S.R. 73.4.2 and W. Va. Code § 6 – 9A.

2017 Regular Meeting Schedule

January 25, 2017 (Rescheduled from December 21, 2016) (Agenda)

March 15, 2017 (Agenda)

May 17, 2017 (Agenda)

August 20, 2017 (Tentative)

November 15, 2017 (Tentative)

Meetings are held at 3:00PM located at the Nicholas County Health Department, 1 Stevens Road, Suite 201, Summersville, WV  26651.  Please contact Rodney Boyce, Administrator at least two weeks prior to a scheduled meeting to request time on the meeting agenda.

Board of Health Meeting Minutes

 

Public Records

The Nicholas County Board of Health acts as custodian for a variety of public records including:  sewage system records, water well records, compliance inspection reports, etc.

Freedom of Information Act Request Form

To request copies of public records, please submit this form to Nicholas County Health Department.  It may take up to five days to process requests.  Charges of $0.25-$0.75 per page will apply.

 

Fees

Nicholas County Board of Health supports provided services through fees for permits and services as provided in W. Va. 64 C.S.R. 30 and W. Va. 64 C.S.R. 51.

Nicholas County Health Department Fee Schedule – Fiscal Year 2017

 

Patient Privacy

As a health care provider,  Nicholas County Board of Health is committed to the confidentiality of all medical records and information within it’s stewardship.

Nicholas County Health Department Notice of Privacy Practices