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The Durham County Board of Health creates policies and mandates rules for the Durham County Department of Public Health. Responsible for protecting and promoting the public health, the Board of Health is comprised of 11 members who reflect the population of the county.

By law, the 11 members include: one physician licensed to practice medicine in the State, one licensed dentist, one licensed optometrist, one licensed veterinarian, one registered nurse, one licensed pharmacist, one county commissioner, one professional engineer, and three representatives of the general public. Members are appointed by the Durham County Board of Commissioners.

The Board of Health may adopt a more stringent rule in an area regulated by the Commission for Health Services or the Environmental Management Commission where, in the opinion of the Durham County Board of Health, a more stringent rule is required to protect the public health. Otherwise, the rules of the Commission for Health Services or the rules of the Environmental Management Commission shall prevail over local Board of Health rules.

Regular Board meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Thursday of each month, except December. Meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and are held in Conference Room B on the 2nd Floor of the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Durham County Board of Health

         
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Stephen Dedrick, R.PH., MS
Chair, Board of Health
Pharmacist Position
Term Expires:  January 2021

   

Eric Ireland, MPH, RS
Vice-Chair, Board of Health
Public Member Position
Term Expires:  January 2023

   

Brenda A. Howerton
Commissioner

Term Expires:  Continuous

         
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Mary Braithwaite, MD
Physician Position 

Term Expires:  January 2021
   

James M. Miller, DVM
Veterinarian Position 

Term Expires:  January 2023
   

Rosemary Jackson, MD
Public Member Position 

Term Expires:  January 2022
         
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Almond “Spence” Curtis
Engineer Position 

Term Expires:  January 2022
   

Robert Rosenstein, OD, FAAO
Optometrist Position 

Term Expires:  January 2023
   

Roger McDougal, DDS, MS, PA
Dentist Position 

Term Expires:  January 2023
         
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Victoria Orto
Nurse Position 

Term Expires:  January 2023
   

Vacant
Public Member Position 

Term Expires: