Granville Vance Public Health (GVPH), a provider of public health services related to communicable diseases, primary care, maternal health, child health and family planning, recently released their annual report for 2017.
According to the report, GVPH’s status as a health district allows greater flexibility to procure grant-based funding; however, overall state and federal funding has decreased in recent years. The agency has “worked hard to partner with local, state, and federal entities that can support and expand community health efforts in Granville and Vance counties.”
During the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year, GVPH managed over $2,500,000 in grant-funded projects. These funds helped support valuable community-based projects in both counties while also maintaining critical staffing. These grant dollars help ensure that evidence-based care and health promotion practices extend into rural communities in Granville and Vance counties.
GVPH reported $5,984,265 in revenues and $6,072,389 in expenses for fiscal year 2017, an increase of $683,672 and $103,848, respectively, from fiscal year 2016.
A major undertaking for 2017, GVPH was subject to the North Carolina Local Health Department Reaccreditation process and was recognized as an accredited health department with honors. Local health departments receiving the honors designation excelled in their accreditation assessment, missing one or fewer within each of the five standards set by the accreditation program, a total of 147 activities.
The next reaccreditation assessment for GVPH will occur in the fall of 2021.
Notable statistics from the January 1 – December 31, 2017 reporting term include:
- 4,529 unique patients seen for 9,743 individual clinical care visits
- 1,914 uninsured patients totaling 3,705 clinical care visits
- 1,636 patients rely on Medicaid for medical care received during 3,037 Medicaid clinical care visits
- 3,994 immunizations given to 2,409 individuals
- 1,989 immunizations were given to 720 children and adolescents under 18 years of age
- 1,799 flu vaccines provided
- 2,408 WIC participants served
- Child Health Program conducted 1,034 visits for 715 children
- 12 CenteringPregnancy® groups conducted in 2017 with 109 women participating
In a letter recently sent to healthcare professionals and other parties, Lindsey Bickers Bock, health education supervisor for GVPH, stated “In our role providing safety net services for vulnerable populations, GVPH sees the clear impact of social determinants of health and the necessity of protecting and promoting health by facilitating policy, system and environmental changes to prevent disease, address health equity issues and improve population health.