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The Accreditation Board (Board) contributes to the improvement of public health programs and services throughout North Carolina by defining, endorsing and upholding standards of minimum performance for the state’s local health departments. The Board is the official entity that assigns accreditation status to a local health department participating in the health department accreditation process.

2021 Board Meetings

The board meets two times each year. There are three standing sub-committees that meet as needed.

Nov 19

NCLHDA Board Meeting

November 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Board Operational Guidelines

The following operational guidelines document contain the guidelines that must be followed by all board members.
The NCLHD Accreditation Board Operational Guidelines (pdf)

Board Members

The NCLHD Accreditation Board, established within the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, is composed of 17 members appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as follows:

  • Four county commissioners recommended by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
  • Four members of a local board of health recommended by the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health
  • Three local health directors recommended by the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors
  • Three staff members from the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services, recommended by the State Health Director
  • Three at-large members recommended by the Accreditation Administrator, with consultation of the NCLHD Accreditation Board Chair

Members serve four-year terms and may serve three terms.

Association of N.C. Boards of Health Representatives

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Calvert Jeffers

Forsyth County Consolidated Human Services Board

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Connette McMahon

Cumberland County Board of Health

Benjamin Tillett, Person County Board of Health

Benjamin Tillett

Person County Board of Health

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Vacant

N.C. Local Health Director Representatives

Teresa Ellen, Accreditation Board, Vice Chair Wilson County Health Department

Teresa Ellen

Accreditation Board
Chair

Wilson County Health Department

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John L. Rouse, Jr.

Harnett County Health Department

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Vacant

N.C. County Commissioner Representatives

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Kevin Austin

Yadkin County Board of County Commissioners

Bertadean Baker, Warren County

Bertadean Baker

Warren County Board of County Commissioners

Barbara Beatty, Catawba County

Barbara Beatty

Catawba County Board of County Commissioners

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Fleming El-Amin

Forsyth County Commissioner

At-Large Representatives

Jerry Parks Retired, Albemarle Regional Health Services

Jerry Parks

Accreditation Board Vice
Chair

Retired, Albemarle Regional Health Services

Anna Schenck

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
UNC-Chapel Hill

David Stanley, III Brunswick County Health and Human Services Director

David Stanley, III

Brunswick County Health and Human Services Director

N.C. Division of Public Health Representatives

Susan Haynes Little, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPHQ, CPM Chief Public Health Nurse Head, Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch

Susan Little

Chief Public Health Nurse, Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch Head

Virginia Niehaus

Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs

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Rhonda Stephens

Public Health Dentist Supervisor