About Us

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department (SGCHD) was established as the “Department of Health” by the City of Springfield on June 30, 1873. Services were expanded to Greene County in 1976.

SGCHD budget: nearly $10 millionSGCHD staff: around 110SGCHD population served: approximately 267,000 

What is Public Health?

Public health encompasses a variety of functions and services that protect the health of the community and help citizens live longer, healthier, happier lives. This includes:

  • Connecting citizens to community health services
  • Developing policies to promote a healthy community
  • Educating our community with accurate information about public health issues
  • Enforcing city ordinances
  • Evaluating current community health programs
  • Monitoring, identifying, & investigating potential health threats
  • Partnering with other community organizations to address local health issues


The department is organized into four divisions which carry out the 10 Essential Public Health Services:

Our Mission:

Protect and improve community health through education, collaboration and prevention.

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Katie Towns

Katie Towns, MPH

  1. Administration
  2. Chronic Disease Prevention
  3. Community Health & Epidemiology
  4. Environmental Health

Administration is responsible for a variety of plans, policies, and procedures that protect the overall health of the community.


  • Planning
  • Heat-Related Illness Monitoring
  • Community Reports