ARHS & The Community It Serves
Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) is a seven-county regional Public Health agency in rural, northeastern North Carolina. Albemarle Regional Health Services provides services and education to enhance the quality of life for all people.
Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) is a seven-county regional Public Health agency in rural, northeastern North Carolina. Surrounded almost completely by waterways, this region of care possesses natural beauty yet is somewhat isolated due to its sparse population and pockets of need in terms of health disparities.
Heart disease and cancer contribute to the majority of the deaths in the region, while deaths associated with cerebrovascular disease continue to climb, followed by compromising diseases like diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary, and asthma-related conditions. The leading causes of death in all seven counties continue to mirror those of North Carolina, in general. The counties have experienced little shift in population increases with the exception of Camden and Currituck. These counties lead the state in population growth based on the most recent five-year rate.
For over seventy years, the communities of the Albemarle region have been the benefactors of quality Public Health services. Two Health Directors, which are characterized as highly recognized and respected Public Health leaders,Howard B. Campbell, MPH, and Jerry L. Parks, MPH, have served ARHS for over forty years.
The employees of Albemarle Regional Health Services provide a vast array of services for the people in the Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina.
The regional Public Health agency provides the following healthcare services:
immunizations, diabetes care and management, women’s preventive health, maternal health, including perinatal services, child health, WIC and nutrition counseling, pediatric asthma management, services for people with sexually transmitted diseases, adult day health care, children’s developmental services, Public Health preparedness and response, public information, interpreter assistance, home health care, and hospice.
Albemarle Regional Health Services also administers the following programs: Environmental Health, Regional Landfill, Solid Waste Authority and Recycling, LifeQuest Worksite Wellness, and the Inter-County Public Transportation Authority. With over twenty-nine sites of operation, ARHS is completely networked by technology, lessening the strain of administrative operations and increasing efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
Albemarle Regional Health Services has expanded and enhanced services in an effort to meet the changing health care needs of the communities. Innovative programs and delivery strategies have been established to secure the provision of high quality, professional health care to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability.
Albemarle Regional Health Services provides services and education to enhance the quality of life for all people. Public Health is a rapidly changing environment faced with new challenges daily. Therefore, Albemarle Regional Health Services assesses the communities’ needs with the people and develops strategies to educate, prevent, and protect the population in the healthiest environment possible. Collaboration and coordination with healthcare, human service agencies, businesses, and the community will ensure effective service provision.
Albemarle Regional Health Services employees are dedicated professionals who are committed to providing excellent customer service and are integrated well in the communities with regard to decision makers and the lay community making a difference in the community’s overall health and well-being. ARHS produces quality representatives in the community and encourage the active involvement of personnel with Healthy Carolinians Partnerships and other health and human service organizations and community initiatives. Through networking and collaboration, ARHS and the community health partners continue the quest to close the health disparity gaps as evidenced in the primary and secondary data.