The Health Department
What is Public Health?
Public health is a term that is used to encompass a variety of activities designed to prevent the spread of disease and promote optimal health.
Our Mission: to promote and improve good health and well being of the people living and/or working within Preble County.
What does a local health department do?
Local health departments were developed to provide an organized approach to public health activites in communities. Examples of the major types of activities include nursing, education, environmental health, screening and immunizations, communicable disease control, epidemiology, vital statistics, emergency preparedness, and other population based health programs.
In public health we address a wide scope of issues and problems found in your every day lives. Every time you visit restaurants, grocery stores, camps, swimming pools, trailer parks, and schools among other venues, we are play a role in ensuring their safety and standards of health. It is also the responsibility of a health department to perform immunizations, conduct health monitoring, perform epidemiological investigations, coordinate our response to emergencies with other agencies, and provide public health education.
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Health Commissioner's Message
Erik Balster, MPH, REHS, RS
In May of 2016, Preble County Public Health became 1 of 125 health departments in the United States to achieve Public Health Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The process indicates that our health department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health. By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible. Our continued promise to you, the people of Preble County, is to remain committed to meeting and exceeding your public health needs, whether it’s as simple as providing answers to your phone calls or keeping the county informed and safe from infectious disease.