About Us – Locations, Contact

What is Public Health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. It is the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health through education and access to services. Public health departments work with other community agencies to provide many important community services. This flier, What is Public Health, by the American Public Health Association (APHA) shares more information. Additionally, APHA gives a clear explanation of the scope of public health through this video: "That's Public Health".

Office Locations & Hours of Operation:

All health department offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. All offices are closed for state holidays. For specific health service times please call your local health department office.

Henry/Martinsville Health Department

(Headquarters Office)
295 Commonwealth Boulevard
P.O. Box 1032
Martinsville, VA 24114
276 -638-2311
FAX: 276-638-3537
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Franklin County Health Department

365 Pell Ave.
P.O. Box 249
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
FAX: 540-484-0314
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Patrick County Health Department

106 Rucker Street
P.O. Box 428
Stuart, VA 24171
276 -693-2070
FAX: 276-694-6784
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Kerry Gateley, Health Director
Vacant, Chief Operations Officer
William Rodgers, Business Manager
Darrin Doss, Environmental Health Manager
Verna Burnette, Nurse Manager


Nancy Bell, Population Health Manager & PIO
Jeanette Losee, Emergency Coordinator
Sharon Ortiz-Garcia, District Epidemiologist
Carey Davidson, COVID-19 Containment Operations Manager