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2018 Holiday Schedule

The following are the 2018 dates where the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District Offices will be closed.


Holiday Observance Date Day of Week
New Year's Day January 1, 2018 Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018


Good Friday

March 30, 2018


Memorial Day

May 28, 2018


Independence Day

July 4, 2018


Labor Day

September 3, 2018


Veteran's Day

November 12, 2018



November 22 & 23 2018

Thursday & Friday


December 24, 25 & 26, 2018 

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday


Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan is our process of defining our strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating our resources to pursue this strategy as we move forward.  

To view our Strategic Plan(s) please click below:

     2014-2017 Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department Strategic Plan
          2014-2017 Strategic Planning Presentation - Executive Summary
          2014-2017 Strategic Planning Presentation - Appendix  

     2011-2014 Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department Strategic Plan 


Agency Links

Links that we find helpful pertaining to public health:

North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health began a Accreditation Program for Local Health Departments in 2002.  In the fall of 2010 the Rutherford Polk McDowell was approved for Accreditation.

Healthy Carolinians
The Healthy Carolinians Program is a statewide network of local partnerships that address health and safety issues at the community level.

National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is the national organization representing local health departments.

Additional Resources:

Local Hospitals
     McDowell Hospital
     Rutherford Hospital
     St. Lukes Hospital

North Carolina State Agencies
     N.C. Board of Nursing
     N.C. Center for Health Statistics
     N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
     N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
     N.C. Institute of Government
     N.C. Public Health
     N.C. Medical Board
     U.N.C. School of Public Health

Federal Agencies
     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     Department of Health and Human Services
     Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
     Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
     National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
     National Institute of Health
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Other National Organizations
     American Academy of Pediatrics
     American Medical Association
     National SAFE KIDS Campaign
     American Red Cross




Collins Dental Center

Welcome to the Collins Dental Center where we work every day to improve the oral health of those living in our beautiful area. Our facility is located in Columbus just a few minutes from East Mills Street.  At the Collins Dental Center we are dedicated to providing public health dental services ranging from first tooth through 21 years of age. We are proud to be a part of this community.

Collins Dental Center

Physical Address:
     158 White Drive
     Columbus, NC  28722

Telephone Numbers:
     Main Phone: (828) 894-3120

Fax Numbers:
     Fax:  (828) 894-3438

Mailing address:
     158 White Drive
     Columbus, NC  28722

Hours of Operation:
     Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Welcome to our new Website

The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District are delighted to welcome you to our new website.  We are still adding new content each day so please check back often for the latest information.

Link to RPM Health District Facebook Page
Link to RPM Health District's Twitter Page
Link to RPM Health District's YouTube Page