Board of Health

Regular Meetings

  • 8 a.m.
  • 1st Wednesday and 3rd Friday of every month
  • Board Room at Health Department Office
    2149 E Napier Avenue
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022

The meetings are open to the public. View the most recent schedule (PDF).


The 2017 Board of Health members are:

  • Margaret (Peg) Kohring, Chair
  • Joseph Wasserman, Vice-Chair
  • Vanessa Brown
  • Dr. John Carter, MD
  • Raymond Matejczyk
  • Dr. Duane C. McBride, PhD
  • Linda Strohl



The Board of Health oversees the operations, programs, and services of the Berrien County Health Department. Members of the Board are appointed by the Berrien County Board of Commissioners for five year terms. The Board of Health serves in an advisory capacity to the Berrien County Commission. By statute, the Board of Commissioners is the Local Governing Entity and Legal Authority for Local Public Health in Berrien County.


The Board of Health performs the following important functions:

  • Approves the Department’s Budget and Request the Funds from the Governing Entity
  • Approves Health Department Programs and Services
  • Provides Interpretation of Department Responsibilities, Policies and Programs to the Community
  • Recommends Adoption of Local Regulations to Protect the Health of the Public