Changes to Notice

Changes to the Terms of This Notice

We can change the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF), and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our website.

Relevant Organizations

This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the following organizations:
  • Mobile Expanded School Health Unit (MESH Unit)
  • Wilkes County Health Department
  • Wilkes Diabetes and Nutrition Center

Effective Date of Notice

  • September 23, 2013

Disclosure to Law Enforcement

  • Local health departments typically want to cooperate with law enforcement officials but are sometimes constrained by federal or state confidentiality laws, which may prohibit a disclosure altogether, or may allow it but only if certain conditions are met.
  • Local health departments may disclose protected health information (PHI) to law enforcement officials only if the disclosure is specifically allowed by all confidentiality laws that apply to the information which may include any or all of the following:
    • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule
    • North Carolina confidentiality laws, such as the state statute that limits the disclosure of communicable disease information
    • Any other applicable federal laws that address the confidentiality of the information, such as the federal regulation restricting the disclosure of information about Title X family planning clients

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Privacy Officer at Wilkes County Health Department.