The Piedmont Health District (PHD) is located in the center of Virginia and consists of seven rural counties with no independent cities. PHD serves a population of approximately 105,000 people in an area of 2,804 square miles. The Health Department has offices in the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward; as well as the District office in the town of Farmville in Prince Edward. PHD is located in Virginia’s Heartland and we’re not just saying that, the exact geographical center of Virginia is located at Mt. Rush in Buckingham County. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and the District contains 6 of Virginia’s 36 state parks.
The District’s Environmental Health (EH) program staff consists of 9 Senior Environmental Health Specialists and a Program Manager for a total of 10. Administrative support is provided by other District staff with multi-disciplinary roles.
The EH staff also work with many other agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors.
Major EH programs include inspections of food establishments, temporary events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns and bed & breakfast facilities), campgrounds, and summer camps. The PHD issues annual permits to about 250 food establishments (not counting temporary events) and about 30 tourist establishments. The EH staff process applications for and inspect the construction of private wells and onsite sewage disposal systems.
Other programs include rabies prevention and animal bite investigation, migrant labor camp inspections, risk assessment of lead hazard sources (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), general environmental complaint investigations, and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health.