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Serving Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell Counties

"Protecting You and Your Environment ~ Better Health, Better Home, Better Horizons!"

The Cumberland Plateau Health District (CPHD) is a large Virginia Health District by area—1,832 square miles—and located along Virginia’s southwestern border with the states of Kentucky and West Virginia in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.  CPHD is a blend of beautiful rural areas, diverse agriculture, small towns, large and small industries and four colleges.

CPHD serves a population of approximately 118,000. The area has a lot of local history to learn and enjoy and is a tourism destination offering beautiful fall foliage, hiking, river rafting and camping. Many annual events are held in the area, including Festivals and County Fairs.

CPHD serves the four counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell, and twelve towns within the district. The District’s office is located in Lebanon, in Russell County.

Environmental Health – “Protecting You and Your Environment”

The Environmental Health Staff includes 9 Environmental Health Specialists, 2 Supervisors, 1 Manager, and Administrative Support Staff in 4 offices.  Programs include inspections of food establishments, temporary events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast facilities), campgrounds and summer camps, and swimming pools associated with tourist establishments. Environmental Health (EH) staff also process applications and inspect private wells, septic systems, and alternative sewage systems. Other programs include investigation of environmental sources of lead (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), potential foodborne related outbreaks, rabies prevention, complaint investigations, and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health.  Some information and educational topics include tickborne disease, bedbugs, control of other pests and radon.  The EH Department routinely works with many other agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors of the CPHD.

Food staff regularly inspects:

  • Over 335 permitted Food Establishments (such as restaurants, schools, daycare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, mobile food trucks, etc.) which are inspected based upon the establishments risk assessment,
  • Numerous food vendors at temporary events such fairs and festivals, etc.,
  • 24 Tourist Establishments (hotel, motel, inn or bed and breakfast) which are inspected at least annually,
  • 11 Campgrounds, and Summer camps which are inspected annually,
  • Over 21 swimming pools and hot tubs