Catawba County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair Barbara G. Beatty was recently reappointed to the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board (NCLHDAB) by Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Her term will run through December 31, 2018.
“As you know, North Carolina is a national leader in establishing an accreditation process for local health departments,” Dr. Wos said in a letter to Commissioner Beatty. “I thank you for your interest and willingness to serve on the NCLHDAB. Strong board members are an important part of maintaining the credibility and integrity of our system.”
The NCLHDAB oversees the process of examining the capacity of local health departments to perform, at a basic level of quality, the three core functions of assessment, assurance and policy development and ten essential services detailed in the National Public Health Performance Standards Program. The program focuses on a set of minimal standards that must be provided to ensure the protection of the health of the public, but does not limit the services or activities an agency may provide to address specific local needs.
The North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation staff works to link basic standards to current State statutes and administrative code, and a variety of N.C. Division of Public Health and Division of Environmental Health contractual and program monitoring requirements that are already in place.
“I’m looking forward to serving again on the Accreditation Board and I appreciate being appointed by Dr. Wos,” Beatty said. “We’re very fortunate to have an excellent Public Health agency here in Catawba County. As I’ve served on the Accreditation Board, I’ve learned much about the many different ways in which public health operations are structured across the state. For example, it’s interesting that some health departments oversee landfill operations, although that is not how we are structured in Catawba County. My work with the Board has helped me learn how to apply these different kinds of Public Health operations into the process of accreditation.”
Barbara Beatty has served on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners since December 1996. A native and resident of the Balls Creek community, she currently serves on the Board of Commissioners Finance and Personnel Subcommittee and as its voting alternate on the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board. She serves on the Catawba Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees and on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPO) for the Catawba County region and is the current chair of the RPO Board. She also is serving on the Abernethy Laurels Advisory Board and North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Public Education Steering Committee.
Beatty is semi-retired from a career in the telecommunications field. She is a graduate of Bandys High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Mitchell Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Distributive Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.