Health Department

What is a health department?

A health department is a basic function of county government. A county health department develops, implements and administers programs and services that are aimed at maintaining a healthy community.


Services Provided

  • Monitor health status.
  • Diagnose health problems and health hazards in the community.
  • Inform people about health issues.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link people to needed personal health services.
  • Immunizations for adults and children.


Healthcare professionals employed by the agency

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Physicians
  • Social workers


Sources of finances

  • Medicare- 5%
  • Medicaid- 10%
  • Fees- 11%
  • Other- 7%
  • Not specified- 2%
  • Federal Direct- 2%
  • Local 25%
  • State Direct- 20%
  • Federal Pass- Through- 17%


Health Department