Myths about local health departments


Meigs Health Matters

By Courtney Midkiff - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Editor’s note: This is the first of what will be a continuing series of weekly columns provided by the Meigs County Health Department.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Meigs County Health Department.

The MCHD employs a small, but dedicated staff presently consisting of 17 full- and part-time employees. We have been serving the residents of Meigs County since (circa) 1920 by preventing, promoting and protecting public health through mandated programs: environmental health, public health nursing and vital statistics, as well as various auxiliary programs most currently including WIC; Children with Medical Handicaps; Public Health Emergency Response; Child and Family Health Services; Creating Healthy Communities/Together on Diabetes and Reproductive Health and Wellness program.

In Ohio, local health departments are political sub-divisions of the state. The MCHD is governed by a five-member board of health, which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at our office located at 112 E. Memorial Drive in Pomeroy. BOH meetings are open to the public.

BOH members are appointed to five-year terms by the District Advisory Council, which consists of the presidents of each board of township trustees; the president of the board of county commissioners and village mayors. Work of the MCHD is supported by a 1 mill tax levy; fees for services, state subsidy, federal/state grants and awards are from other sources.

What do you think about the local health department? Many people believe the services we provide are only available for those who have Medicaid or are otherwise disadvantaged. This is a myth.

The MCHD is a resource for all residents regardless of age or income. And, we are about so much more than “just shots!” In future weekly articles, you will learn more about our programs and how they provide you with the 10 essential public health services.

We invite you to stop in and visit us in person Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Follow us on Facebook (Meigs County Ohio Health Department) or Twitter (Meigs Health Dept), or to visit our website, www.meigs-health.com.

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Meigs Health Matters

By Courtney Midkiff

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Courtney Midkiff is the administrator for the Meigs County Health Department.

Courtney Midkiff is the administrator for the Meigs County Health Department.

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