BPH Office Locations

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion
Office of Emergency Medical Services
Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services
Office of Environmental Health Services
Health Statistics Center
Office of Laboratory Services
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
Office of Nutrition Services
Center for Performance Management and Systems Development
Center for Threat Preparedness
Center for Local Health

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Welcome to the Bureau for Public Health

Welcome to the Bureau for Public Health website. Service, Quality, Integrity, Accountability and Collaboration are the keys to our success.  We hope you find our website to be helpful and look forward to serving you.


The Mission of the Bureau for Public Health is to have healthy people and communities and to help shape the environments within which people and  communities can be safe and healthy. 

A community can be as small as a neighborhood or as large as the entire state.  In fulfilling our Mission, the Bureau embraces the values of community, science and evidence-based decision making, health equity, prevention and wellness, and the protection and improvement of the health of all West Virginians.

Watch the video: Overview of Bureau for Public Health

Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP
State Health Officer

2018 Hurricane Florence
Dr. Gupta has issued the following messages to local health departments regarding Hurricane Florence:  
Preventing Chain Saw Injuries After a Disaster
State Residents Reminded of Post-Flood Food Safety
Carbon Monoxide is Serious Public Health Concern During Power Outages
Precautions Urged During Flood Clean Up     

Hepatitis A Outbreak Information

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Information
Zika Information
(Case counts, education, and advisories)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Data (NAS)
NAS Data for WV 2017*
(*Map depicts percentages of total NAS births by county of residence during 2017)
West Virginia Opioid Response Plan Recommendations 
Press release announcing Opioid Response Plan Recommendations 
Opioid Response Plan Recommendations
Public Comments (1-2526-5354-7475-80, 81-115, 116-128, 129)
Additional Comments (Part A, Part B
Response to the Public Comments  
West Virginia Overdose Response Video

State Health Officer's Signed Standing Order for Naloxone (SB 272) 
Opioid Response Plan Public Meeting Presentations  
 2016 Overdose Fatality Analysis
 Undoing Stigma
The public meeting held for the proposed Opioid Response Plan was held in December 2017.
West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis            
Press release - West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis Released 
2016 West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis (Full Report) 
Harm Redution Program Information
Harm Reduction Program Website for West Virginia  
2018 Evaluation of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's Syringe Services Program   
2018 Suspension Letter for Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's Harm Reduction Program Certification 

Proposed Rules: 
The following legislative rules are currently out for public comment.  These proposed rules are not yet part of the Code of State Rules but are available to the public during the rule-making process to encourage public participation and comment.  These proposed rules will be posted online only during the public comment period which ends July 20, 2018. 
Food Establishments (64 CSR 17)
Food Manufacturing Facilities (64 CSR 43)
Newborn Screening System (64 CSR 43)
All comments can be mailed or emailed to: 
Brian Skinner
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Bureau for Public Health
350 Capitol Street, Suite 702
Charleston, WV 25301



Contact Information

Bureau for Public Health
Office of the Commissioner
350 Capitol Street, Room 702
Charleston, WV 25301

(304) 558-2971
(304) 558-1035 (fax)

Emergency Information

Public Health Emergency
Contact Information

For Disease Reporting
or Epi Consultation
1-800-423-1271 ext 1


1-304-558-5358 ext 1

You may call:
(304) 925-9946.


For all other
Public Health Emergencies
Call: (304) 558-2971