The Health Director’s Section had a great program at our spring conference in Atlantic Beach. We started the morning with a presentation on different public health dental clinic models from several local health directors. We were then joined by the Hon. Regina Parker, Chief District Court Judge for the 2nd Judicial District (covering Hyde, Beaufort, Martin, Tyrrell, & Washington counties) and staff from Clearpoint counseling service for a discussion of community opioid coalitions and the new 2nd Judicial District Recovery Court. We then joined the FAMI section for a joint presentation on Medicaid Transformation and Healthy Opportunities pilot programs from Melissa Roupe from Vidant (ECU Health).
After lunch, we heard from Doug Urland, Local Health Department Liaison with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, who presented on progress with the ARPA Workforce Development project. After a short discussion on Mobile Health Units and COVID-19 outreach, we conducted our business meeting and adjourned.
As we plan for the next spring conference, we hope to see additional Local Health Directors and anyone interested in public health leadership join us for our section in April 2023 in Nags Head!
– Wes Gray, Health Director’s Section Chair