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

Whether you received a flu shot at our immunization clinic, requested a copy of your birth certificate or had lunch at a local restaurant, in 2014, Public Health had an important impact on your life and all others who live, work, and play in Preble County.  Through the process of seeking public health department accreditation, a journey started several years ago, your very own local health department has become not only more efficient and accountable, but is also on the brink of becoming nationally recognized for providing essential and quality Public Health services.  Our promise to you, the people of Preble County, is to remain committed to meeting and hopefully far exceeding your public health needs, whether it’s as simple as providing answers to your phone calls or keeping the county safe from potential disease outbreaks.