July 31, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

"Citizen Centric" Report Seeks Increased Trust in Health Department

A new report released July 31, 2009 provides Greene County residents with a brief overview of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s mission, programs, services and budget in an effort to increase understanding and build trust in the department.

“There are so many public health challenges that face us,” says director Kevin Gipson, “access to health care, increasing rates of obesity, H1N1 influenza.  It is vitally important that the public understand who we are and what we do, so they trust us as we work to protect health in our community.  It is my hope that this report will increase the reader’s level of trust in the Springfield-Greene County Health Department as we seek to help people live longer, happier, healthier lives.”

The report includes a brief description of the health department.  It highlights programs that are seeing tremendous utilization and growth in this fiscal year.  It explains the revenue sources for the health department and describes its annual expenditures.  It also includes an editorial by Gipson on the future challenges of public health.

“This is the first report of its kind put out by the health department,” adds Gipson. “We hope it will give residents a better understanding of who we are and the programs and services we offer that impact each member of our community every day.”

To view an electronic copy of the report, visit the health department’s Web site at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/health. Community members without Internet access can request a printed copy by calling 417-864-1658.

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227 E. Chestnut Expwy. • Springfield, MO 65802
417-864-1658 • health.springfieldmo.gov