What is Public Health?
According to the World Health Organization, public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease.
The mission of the Berkeley-Morgan County Health Department is to provide approved Clinical and Environmental services required by the state of West Virginia in order to protect the health of the general public. We also plan and mobilize appropriate actions with the community in order to act during a disaster or epidemic and to help provide solutions for a healthier Berkeley & Morgan County.
Dr. Kevin McLaughlin
Threat Preparedness Coordinator
Board of Health
The Board of Health consist of 6 members who are appointed by the local County Council/Commission. There currently are 3 members that represent Berkeley County and 3 members that represent Morgan County. Each member serves a 5 year term and are eligible for reappointment for additional terms with no limitation.