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Posted on October 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM by Communications Department
The Virginia Deputy Commissioner for Community Health Services, Mr. Robert Hicks, recently named Dr. S. William Berg, MD, MPH as the new District Health Director. Dr. Berg serves as director for both the Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts. Dr. Berg brings over 17 years of experience as the Hampton Health District’s Director from 1996 to his retirement in June of 2013. After three years of retirement, in December of 2016, Dr. Berg returned as the interim director of both the Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts after the retirement of Dr. Nzinga Teule-Hekima.
Dr. Berg also brings with him over 24 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, in which he retired with the rank of Captain. During his tenure with the Navy, Dr. Berg became board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, preventive medicine, and public health. During this time, he directed infectious disease and HIV programs, participated in research on sexually transmitted diseases, and was officer-in-charge of a Navy preventive medicine unit.
“The biggest challenge in my new role is determining how the two districts can share responsibilities as the districts have separate staff and separate budgets. One great thing about the two districts is that although separate, the total budget for both districts is unchanged and there are no plans to reduce services to the districts,” said Dr. Berg. “One of the most rewarding things about my new role is my experienced staff and more flexibility in providing innovative ways to do things.”
When asked about the Health Department’s current goals and projects, Dr. Berg explained that one of their goals is to bring onboard a deputy district director and ultimate goal is to make Virginia the healthiest State in the nation. According to Berg, a population health approach shifts the focus from being an individual clinical-based approach to a broader focus, capturing the underlying issues and root causes of health issues. Some of the issues that affect overall health include safety, food availability, employment, housing, transportation, and education, just to name a few.
To learn more about services offered through the Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/peninsula/ for more information.