The Hollister native has been named the county’s new health director

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The Hollister native has been named the county's new health director

Hollister native Cheyenna James has been named Halifax County’s new public health director and will assume the new role Jan. 1.

He was hired after Bruce Robistow retired at the end of October.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve Halifax County in the capacity of director of public health,” said James. “The knowledge I have gained since working with the Halifax County Health Department is invaluable, and I plan to use my great experiences to serve our staff and patients. I look forward to building lasting relationships within the community to meet the needs of its residents.

A full recruitment and interview process is underway to find Robistow’s replacement, the county said.

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James received his master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration from East Carolina University in 2019.

She received her bachelor of science in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health from ECU in 2016. She also attended Vance-Granville Community College and Warren County Early College.

Since January 2022, James has worked at the Halifax County Health Department as a quality assurance specialist II, providing oversight to the Health Education division, including four health education staff.

Serving as a member of the health department’s management team, he helped write and update policies, participate in strategic planning, and review the annual budget with the assistant health director.

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From December 2019 to December 2021, James is the public health educator II and lead coordinator for the Triple P Parenting Program, overseeing program implementation, data collection, reporting, budgeting and documentation for 10 counties. supported by the region. In that capacity, she also provided program oversight for two additional program coordinators, attended community outreach events, coordinated training, and led state diversity, equity, and work groups. to include.

“His extensive background in community health and emerging regulation will prove invaluable to the strength of the department,” said board Chairman Justin D. Blackmon. “Cheyenna will also bring leadership, energy, and creativity to our programs, along with a deep sense of commitment to our community. We are very much looking forward to working with her and excited to see the positive impact she will bring.

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