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To promote, protect and assure the health, safety, and quality of life through assessment, policy development and assurance, in order that our community will be a safe, healthy place for our citizens to live and raise families.

The Cole County Health Department is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of all Cole County citizens.

The Role of Public Health
The role of the CCHD is to assure the health and well-being of all those who live, work, and play within Cole County. Public health encompasses a myriad of functions and services within a community such as:
  • County Code Enforcement
  • Disease Control
  • Disease Prevention
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning
  • Environmental Safety
  • Health Care Services
    • Immunizations
    • Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • Well Visits
  • Health Education
  • Lodging Inspections
  • Water Sampling
In Cole County, if you have eaten at a restaurant ... stayed at a hotel/motel ... swam at a public pool ... drank a glass of milk ... got married or divorced ... had a baby ... the Cole County Health Department has touched your life in some important way.

Activity Categories
The activities of the CCHD can be categorized in 3 ways.

Health Protection
Environmental conditions, some occurring naturally and others manmade, have an effect upon the well-being of the county. Contamination of the air, ground, water, and food may cause disease or death. Public health tries to prevent or contain such contamination.

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Prevention is the key to success in public health. Health promotion and education programs are designed to inform individuals about positive ways in which they can preserve or restore their own health-smoking cessation, moderation in alcohol consumption, proper diet and exercise, wearing seat belts, etc. Disease intervention programs work to stop the transmission of diseases from a carrier to others by immunizing people against certain diseases, treating new cases as they occur and isolating carriers if necessary, and finding and testing people who have been in contact with an infected patient to administer the proper treatment before the disease becomes contagious.

Health Treatment
Health care of the sick and disabled is a role that public health undertakes when individuals cannot afford or otherwise lack access to health care services.
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    The Cole County Health Department provides the content of this website for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.