Prevent, Promote, and Protect continues to be the motto of the Washington County Health Department.

Formed in 1948, the health department, which is nestled in Potosi, protects the health and well being of Washington County residents.  The organization is made up of many employees that served for a long period of time, and governed by a group of five elected officials.

Outreach Coordinator, Shawnee Douglas says, “Over the years I have seen employees go over and above to assist those in need in our community.  Many times, this assistance is from their own personal resources.”

Participating in various community and health-based organizations across the region, the WCHD seeks to obtain and participate in various grant funded projects and programs that address community health assessment needs, health education, and aiming to provide health resources to the Washington County area.  WCHD prides itself by achieving goals and objectives in health related matters. 

The individuals who work here truly care for the people who live in Washington County and want to help people live healthier lives,” says Douglas.

Douglas is looking forward to the future saying she hopes that there will be improved health rankings for Washington County.

WCHD offers many services including food safety inspections, food recalls, boil orders, and daycare inspections.  They also provide wastewater compliance, wastewater system installations or modifications and system installer registration and is a drop off point for Missouri Department of Health laboratory water samples.

If you need Vital Records, such as birth and death certificates, they can be generated on site and provided in moments. The WCHD participates in state and local emergency preparedness.

For more information, visit http://wcmohealth.org.