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Health Department Mission

To protect and promote the health and safety of Chatham County residents.

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Chatham Residents Invited to Participate in New Food Council

A task force involved in starting a community-based Chatham Food Council invites residents to apply to serve on the first official council. The Chatham Food Council is expected to convene for the first time in June 2014.

In the last five years, at least 24 counties in North Carolina have formed food councils, which are partnership organizations aimed at bringing together key people involved in local food economies to improve community and regional food systems.

Local food systems include an array of important components, such as community gardens, farmers’ markets, produce stands, farm-school partnerships, transportation and affordability of foods.

Food councils help promote stronger local food systems, including improving access to healthy local foods. They assess the current food situation, make recommendations on how to improve it and communicate recommendations to policymakers and organizations that can take action.

To read more, click here.

Animal Services Ordinance takes Effect April 15th

The new Chatham County Animal Services Ordinance, as approved by the Board of Commissioners on January 21 and March 17, takes effect on April 15, 2014. A 60-day grace period with warnings for violations, rather than fines, will be given early in the implementation process, except for repeat offenders who have already been warned or cited.

The revised ordinance replaces the previous Animal Control Ordinance. It includes new or updated definitions of terms pertaining to the welfare of domestic animals, revised violation penalty fees, and provisions for humane restraint and sheltering of pets outside.

To see key changes in the ordinance, click here.

Like us on Facebook!

The Chatham County Public Health Department now has a Facebook page. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/chathamhealth. Follow the page to stay up to date with news and events.

The health department also has a blog with weekly posts about what staff are doing to improve the health of the community. To view and subscribe to the blog, visit www.chathampublichealth.com.

Chatham County Board of Health Seeks Applicants by April 11, 2014

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners seeks residents who are interested in promoting public health to apply for four upcoming open seats on the Board of Health. One seat is designated for an engineer and three seats for the general public. Appointments will be for terms beginning July 1, 2014 and ending on June 30, 2017.

Once appointed, the members are eligible for reappointment to two additional three-year terms. Qualified applicants must be residents of Chatham County and the engineer must have a current license to practice in North Carolina.

The Chatham County Board of Health is the policymaking, rulemaking and deliberative body for the Chatham County Public Health Department. The Board of Health’s responsibility is to protect and promote the health of the community.

Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month, beginning at 6 pm, with dinner provided and reimbursement for mileage.

Qualified applicants are asked to complete a volunteer application form no later than April 11, 2014.

The application can be completed online at www.chathamnc.org and look for the Quick Links box on the homepage to find the link for Board & Committee Application. You also may contact Debra Henzey at 919-542-8258 or debra.henzey@chathamnc.org to get an email version or printed copy.

If you have questions about serving on the Board of Health, call 919-545-8391.

Health Department Notices

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your private health information. Please read the HIPAA policy of the Chatham County Public Health Department here.

Interpretation Services
Spanish language interpretation services are available at health department sites. Other languages are assisted by a telephone hotline.

Privacy Notices
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. Click here for the notice in English. Click here for the notice in Spanish.


Please click here to take Chatham County Public Health Department’s Community Survey.

Encuesta en la Comunidad



Online Health Department Client Feedback Form

Encuesta de Satisfacción del Cliente para el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Chatham 



Layton Long, MSA, REHS
Email: layton.long@chathamnc.org




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