Staff Directory

The Bear River Health Department is comprised of 7 Divisions; Administration, Emergency Services, Environmnetal Health, Health Promotion, Nursing Services, Substance Abuse Treatment, and WIC.

The link below provides contacts to Administrative Staff and Division Directors.

Substance Abuse Crisis Number - 435-881-0358

Public Health Emergencies - 1-877-229-8825

Bear River Health Department Administrative Staff Directory

Public Health Statistics

Bear River Health Department Community Profile

NEW! Check out our website that includes the latest demographic data, and leading causes of death and disease for Box Elder, Cache and Rich Counties. 

A copy of our 2014 Community Health Assessment can be accessed by clicking here.

Health Statistics

 **Above link to reputable, reliable data reports and/or resources.

The 2015 Leading Causes of Death by Count for the Bear RIver Health District: 

  1. Heart Disease (151.75 per 100,000)
  2. Cancer (111.42 per 100,000)
  3. Cerebrovascular Diseases/Stroke (39.36 per 100,000)
  4. Unintentional Injury (38.57 per 100,000)
  5. Alzheimer's disease (35.4 per 100,000)
  6. Diabetes (25.08 per 100,000)
  7. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (bronchitis, emphysema, asthma) (22.5 per 100,000)
  8. Suicide (15.48 per 100,000)
  9. Influenza/Pneumonia (15.47 per 100,000)
  10. Parkinson's disease (11.81 per 100,000)


**Retrieved Jan 24 2018 9:29:04 from Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator‐Based Information System for Public Health Web site: 


Additional Data Sources: 

You may also visit the Utah Department of Health Ibis-ph website, where you can query data. A tutorial is on this site to guide your research efforts.

For National Health Data, click here.

For county health rankings, click here.

For state, county and city quick facts click here.


The Bear River Health Department (BRHD) is one of 12  local public health departments  that work to promote and protect the health of Utah’s residents. The BRHD was originally established in 1971 by the Utah Legislature as the Bear River District Health Department. The BRHD is responsible for providing public health services to the residents of Box Elder, Cache, and Rich County.

The BRHD has 110 employees at 6 different locations and serves a population of more than 140,000 in the three county area.


Healthy People in Healthy Communities


The mission of the Department is threefold:

  • Preventing and controlling disease and disability
  • Protecting the individual, community, and environment
  • Promoting, maintaining, and improving healthy lifestyles

Bear River Board of Health

The Bear River Board of Health is comprised of nine members from Cache, Rich, and Box Elder Counties. One member from each county is an elected official in their county. Other Board members with a background or interest in public health are selected from the public at large by the County Commission or Council. Board members serve three-year terms with no financial compensation for their service. The Board of Health establishes public health policies for the Bear River Health District.

Box Elder County

  • Jeff Scott, County Commissioner
  • Jim Abel, Appointed Seat A
  • Chief Deputy, Dale Ward, Appointed Seat B


Cache County

  • Craig Buttars, Vice Chair, County Executive
  • Cheryl Atwood, Appointed Seat A
  • Jim Davis, MD, Appointed Seat B
  • James Swink, Chair, Cache County AttorneyAppointed Seat C
  • C. Reed Ernstrom, Appointed Seat D


Rich County

  • Bill Cox, County Commissioner


Bear River Board of Health Bylaws

2018 Board of Health Meeting Schedule - Please note all meeting begin at 1pm unless otherwise noted

Please note all agendas are posted on Utah Public Notice Website

Board of Health Meeting Minutes for Calendar Year 2015 and 2016 - all subsequent years are posted on the Utah Public Notice Website


Board of Health Related Websites

NALBOH - The National Association of Local Boards of Health

NACCHO - National Association of County and City Health Officials

UALHD - Utah Association of Local Health Departments






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