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.
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:
Administration is responsible for a variety of plans, policies, and procedures that protect the overall health of the community.
- Heat-Related Illness Monitoring
- Community Reports
The Division of Chronic Disease Prevention focuses on preventing and lessening the effects of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, in our community.
- Nest Partnership
- Community Health Advocates
- Freedom From Smoking Classes
The Community Health and Epidemiology Division focuses on disease surveillance and the management and prevention of disease.
- Flu Surveillance
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Tuberculosis testing
- Disease Surveillance
- Animal Control
- Environmental Compliance
- Stream Testing
- Pool Inspections
- Hotel Inspections
- Lead Case Management
- Mosquito Control
- Food Inspections and Safety
- Milk Safety