We Are Public Health


We Are Public HealthPromotion, Prevention and Protection...We are Public Health

Mission Statement

The Knox County Health Department is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles,
preventing illness and protecting the environment for our community.

Vision Statement

The Knox County Health Department will continue to be a leader in public health by
addressing community health issues through proactive solutions so that all residents
may experience optimal personal health and a safe environment.

             Brochure of health department services and programs 

 More than 50 years ago, noted social philosopher Sir Geoffrey Vickers said “The history of public health might well be written as a persistent redefinition of the unacceptable.” This is certainly true when we are dealing with E. coli in a water well, improper food temperatures at a restaurant, too much chlorine in a public pool or the collection of tires in someone’s backyard. When a situation that affects the health and well being of people is unacceptable, it becomes a public health issue.

Public health issues are in the news every day, whether it be the latest outbreak of avian flu or the elimination of a vaccine-preventable disease. And the work of public health takes place in our community every day -- from investigating a dog bite, testing for radon, inspecting a restaurant or getting a Tetanus shot. Whether we notice or not the work of public health touches us all every day. From ‘No Smoking' signs to immunization clinics, proper sewage disposal to litter prevention, child car safety seats to rabies clinics, public health works to improve the conditions around us and promote healthy behaviors

The job of public health professionals at the Knox County Health Department is to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and to maintain and improve a healthy environment for the protection of all residents of Knox County. We assess, we assure, we promote, we prevent, we protect.... all to help extend the benefits this world has to offer to each of those we serve. It's an honor, a responsibility and some days, a tough job. And we do it gladly - because we are public health.

Yet, public health is also a two way street with input and involvement from the general public and partner agencies that are just as important as the investigations and recommendations made by public health professionals. The more our residents understand public health, the better we can work together to reduce infant mortality and improve infant health, reduce death and illness associated with disease and injury, increase awareness and adoption of healthy lifestyles and to respond effectively to all public health emergencies. We welcome your feedback and comments anytime.

Where and how we live, work and play has a lot to do with how healthy each of us really is. We hope you will find this information on our website useful in your everyday lives and that it will provide resources for keeping you and your family healthy. For now, for the future…this is public health.

2014-17 KCHD Strategic Plan Update 

An Overview of Ohio's Public Health System

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Top 10 Achievements in Public Health

Public Health History - Knox County

10 Essential Services - Knox County Health Department

Notice of Privacy Practices - HIPAA 


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We Are Public Health

Public Health - Knox County Health DepartmentPublic Health is about focused community efforts to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the environment. It is what we do with our community partners to ensure conditions that support the health and well- being of our residents.


Contact Us

Monday-Friday   8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.
Third Tuesday of every month, open until 6 p.m.

Phone: 740-392-2200    Fax: 740-392-9613

For public health emergencies during
non-business hours, call

740-397-3333, Ext.#1

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11660 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050