Our History ... An Overview

Quick Facts

Over 70 years of service to the Albemarle Region

Number of Employees: Over 350

Over 20 programs within ARHS

Over 29 sites of operation under the ARHS umbrella

Seven County Base Service Area Population: 135,913

Approximate Land Area: Over 2,232 square miles, 5% of NC land

A Timeline


Pasquotank County Health Department established on July 1

The agency was established in accordance with a federal requirement that basic preventive health services be available for training and defense facilities in northeastern North Carolina

Perquimans County Health Department established


Perquimans County joined with Pasquotank County to form a district

Camden County joined with Pasquotank and Perquimans counties

The focus of services at this time was directed toward sanitation and tuberculosis control


The administrative office for the district health agency was built in Elizabeth City


Chowan County joined the district health department

The district public health agency became known as the PPCC District Health Department for Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden and Chowan


Currituck County joined the district health department on July 1

The agency name was changed to Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS)


Bertie County joined ARHS on July 1


Gates County joined ARHS on July 1

ARHS & The Community

Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) is a seven-county regional Public Health agency in rural, northeastern North Carolina. Surrounded almost completely by waterways, this region of care possesses natural beauty yet is somewhat isolated due to its sparse population and pockets of need in terms of health disparities.