April 16, 2012:

Several local agencies are once again joining forces to host an Old Prescription Roundup. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in four different locations in Knox County. The free event is part of a nationwide effort organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to gather and dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications.

The four locations are: Mount Vernon, in front of the Knox County Health Department; Centerburg, in the parking lot at Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy; Fredericktown, in front of the Fredericktown Police Station, 182 S. Main St.; and Danville, in the parking lot at St. Luke’s Community Center. Full Read Full Article>


April 5, 2012:

In recognition of National Public Health Week, the Knox County Health Department presented five individuals with its Partner in Public Health award Thursday morning during the agency’s 8th annual breakfast event.

“The health department works together with many different agencies and individuals to help the residents of Knox County,” said Health Commissioner Julie Miller. “Public Health Week gives us the opportunity to promote what we do and recognize these individuals for the important contributions they make to our success.”

The five individuals honored this year were Lenor Cochran, Jenny Highnam, Chris Menapace, Connie Vipperman and Wendy Williams. Staff members of the health department made the presentations.  Read full article >



This is National Public Health Week, an annual observance to bring awareness to practicing healthy behaviors and the importance of public health. To celebrate this this year’s theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today,”  the Knox County Health Department is joining forces with the Knox County Park District to sponsor a monthly wellness walk. Tactfully named “Get Your Tail to the Trail,” each monthly walk begins at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of month at a different walking trail in the park district and will feature a health topic. This Saturday’s walk will begin at the main entrance of the Kokosing Gap Trail, off of Mount Vernon Ave. Read Full Article



Larry Reed, M.D., was appointed to the Knox County Board of Health Tuesday night when the Knox County Health District Advisory Council (DAC) held its annual meeting. Reed replaces Dr. Tracy Schermer who resigned earlier this month to accept a position in the health department’s medical clinic. Reed will begin serving on the board next month. Full news release>



Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them- 7 million - do not even know they have it. On March 27, as part of Alert! Day, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Knox County residents will have the opportunity to be tested for diabetes. And it’s free. MORE>



The Knox County Board of Health will hold a special meeting Monday (March 12) at 8 a.m. in the health department conference room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a contractual legal matter.

The board’s regular monthly meeting is next Wednesday, March 28.


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