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Dr. Renee Haynes Named District Health Director for North Central Health District


NCHD recently welcomed Dr. Renee Haynes to the position of District Health Director.

In this role, Dr. Haynes will oversee all operations of NCHD’s district office, its 13 county health departments, the Ryan White-funded HOPE Center and all other satellite locations.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Haynes step into the director role as we continue to expand our services and community outreach,” said Dr. Anita Barkin, NCHD Deputy Director and Director of Nursing. “We are also extremely grateful to everyone that provided leadership to our district in the interim. The entire district is looking forward to working with Dr. Haynes and seeing her plans for the future of public health in central Georgia.”

Dr. Haynes is passionate about public health and has worked in the field for over a decade. She is a family medicine physician and most recently worked for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Atlanta, GA. During her career, Dr. Haynes has received numerous honors and awards such as the 2012 National Award for Excellence in Public Health from the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

“The opportunity to work with NCHD is a blessing,” said Dr. Haynes. “It gives me joy to help provide the resources and services that people need to live healthier, longer lives. I’m passionate about providing quality service to our communities.”

Dr. Haynes attended Duke University for undergraduate school and Florida International University for graduate work. She received her medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine. 

In her new role as District Health Director, Dr. Haynes will oversee public health in 13 counties across central Georgia that contain both large urban communities and small rural ones. Each county and community has its own needs, challenges and opportunities from limited public health resources to underserved residents. Dr. Haynes plans to address these issues by increasing NCHD’s involvement in the community.

“Like any other district, we have challenges,” said Dr. Haynes. “However, we also have a talented, capable and creative staff on board that are dedicated to maximizing our available resources. My goal is for NCHD to become more proactive in the community and more responsive to community needs.”

Dr. Haynes plans to establish new partnerships with community shareholders and strengthen alliances that are already in place. NCHD works with a variety of individuals, businesses and organizations to provide services, resources and education to protect and improve public health across the district.

“The communities are our main concern here at NCHD, and we want to be more involved with them,” said Dr. Haynes.

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