Health Department

Fast Facts...

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department:
  • employs approximately 100 individuals, including 10-15 temporary/seasonal and contract workers
  • has an annual budget of nearly $10 million, with less than 10% coming from the General Fund budget
  • was created in 1873 by the City of Springfield, and merged with Greene County in 1976
  • originally operated a city hospital and orphanage
  • nursing staff provided 24,581 immunizations
  • laboratory processed nearly 26,000 medical and environmental tests


The Health Department impacts each Springfield and Greene County resident every single day, through safe food, immunizations, disease control and prevention and other programs that protect public health.
Every day they work to:

  • slow and stop the spread of disease through immunizations, clinic testing and treatment, education, surveillance and disease investigation
  • restrict the ability of viruses, germs and bacteria to spread by reducing vectors, immunizing residents and teaching healthy behaviors
  • work to fill the gaps in medical care among the most vulnerable in our community
  • offer information, resources and services that empower members of our community to live longer, happier, healthier lives

Services to the Community

Employees are organized under three main divisions:

  • Community Health: covering the programs of Epidemiology, Health Education, HIV Case management, HIV Prevention, Laboratory Services, Regional Bioterrorism, Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, and a Tuberculosis, Clinic
  • Environmental Health:  City only: Animal control, some types of environmental complaints, public and semi public pool and spa inspections.  Countywide:  Food Establishment inspections, Dairy Inspections in 14 counties, investigate elevated blood lead levels in young children
  • Maternal, Child and Family Health: Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Public Health Nursing which covers Immunizations, Childcare Provider Consultation and Children’s Health Program, Lead Poisoning Case Management/Environmental Lead, Nursing Services, Saef Sleep, Prenatal Case Management, Minority Health, "Freedom from Smoking" Sessation

Mission Statement

Springfield-Greene County Health Department provides an invisible blanket of protection every day for each person that lives, works and plays in our community. Whether we are inspecting restaurants, monitoring air quality, identifying environmental hazards, providing infant immunizations or investigating disease outbreaks, we are committed to our mission of providing a healthy community for all of the citizens of Springfield and Greene County.

Health Department

Contact Us

Harold K. Bengsch Springfield-Greene County Public Health Center
227 E. Chestnut Expwy.
Springfield, MO 65802