News Flash

Posted on: May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018- Stream Testing, Heat Illness Surveillance Begins for Summer

Sunglasses, sunblock, and a sunhat on a wooden surface overlooking a beach.

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday means it is the summer season for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. This marks the start of two warm-weather surveillance programs: stream water testing and heat-related illness.Stream TestingTo provide inf...

Learn More

Healthy and Safe Summer Info Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018 - CoxHealth President and CEO celebrated at Second Annual Bengsch Award Reception

Steve Edwards (left) sits with Harold Bengsch at the Second Annual Harold K. Bengsch Award reception

Community members, health department staff and leaders across the health care industry came together this afternoon to celebrate CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards as the winner of the 2018 Harold K. Bengsch award.More than 60 people attended the r...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Mar 30, 2018 - CoxHealth President and CEO named Bengsch Award honoree

2018BengschAward4

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is proud to announce Steve Edwards, President and CEO of CoxHealth, as this year’s Harold K. Bengsch Award honoree.

 

The public is invited to an award reception in his honor on April 6 at 3 p.m. in t...

Read on...

Register Here Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018 - Mark Your Calendar: Second Annual Bengsch Award Reception April 6

Register to attend the 2018 Harold K. Bengsch Award

The public is invited to an award reception to honor the second recipient of the Harold K. Bengsch Award.

 

The event will be held on April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Ozark Room at the CoxHealth Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital at 3535 S. Natio...

Read on...

Register Here Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018 - Mooney named SGCHD Assistant Director

Jon Mooney

Jon Mooney has been named Assistant Director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Mooney began his career with SGCHD in May 2013 as the Administrator for Chronic Disease Prevention. In his nearly five-year tenure here, Mooney has been a key ...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018 - Nominations open tomorrow for 2018 Harold K. Bengsch Award

Nominations open tomorrow for the 2018 Harold K. Bengsch Award.

Nominations for the 2018 Harold K. Bengsch honoree open tomorrow, February 1.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages nominations of individuals from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths, including: service in l...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - Climbing flu numbers prompt hospital visitor restrictions

Sick woman with a tissue and a thermometer

With confirmed flu cases continuing to climb in Greene County, our local healthcare community has opted to implement visitor restrictions to hospital facilities in our area. 

 

Children ages 14 and under not seeking medical treatment will ...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: December 11, 2017

Dec. 11, 2017 - City Council to consider repeal of future pit bull ban or refer to a citizen vote

pit bull

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is anticipated that City Council will make a decision at the Dec. 11 meeting to either repeal General Ordinance No. 6397 (approved on Oct. 2, 2017 establishing a future ban on pit bull dogs) or submit to voters a question of whethe...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2017

Dec. 4, 2017 - Springfield named 25th in the country by Gallup in community ranking for exercise

rt66Run4473-700x336

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Gallup organization has ranked Springfield 25th on its list of Communities with the Highest Rates of Regular Exercise.

The study conducted is an addition to the State of American: Well Being series. On the 2016 Community R...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017 - Community Leaders Launch Mental Health Needs Assessment

Healthy Living Alliance logo

Today community leaders from across many sectors in Springfield came together to begin the process of a mental health needs assessment for our community. 

The assessment will focus on the goals of improving the system of mental health and substanc...

Read on...

Watch the entire event on Facebook here Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017 - Movember aims to get men talking about their health in Springfield

Movember - black mustache and text reads MovemberSGF.com

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging the men of Springfield to grow a mustache for their health.

 

On average, men in Greene County die about five years sooner than women. Movember—a combination of the word mustache and No...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017 - SGCHD Assistant Director named to Missouri Women's Health Council

Missouri Women's Health Council

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is proud to represent Southwest Missouri as part of the Missouri Women's Health Council.

Assistant Director Katie Towns has been named to the council, which had its first meeting October 25.

"To be a part...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017 - WIC Contract Renewed for 2018

WIC Nutrition

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has renewed the contract for the Special Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for another year. The...

Read on...

More information about WIC Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2017

Oct. 13, 2017 - Flu season has begun. Now is the time to get a flu shot.

Sick woman with a tissue and a thermometer

Flu season has officially begun, and the best method of protection - not to mention one of the easiest – is the flu vaccine.

 

Flu season began this week with the first—and thus far only—reported case of flu in Greene ...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Oct. 10, 2017 - Clay Goddard named Springfield-Greene County director of health

clay440

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Greg Burris has appointed Assistant Director of Health Clay Goddard as director of health for Springfield-Greene County effective Nov. 12. 

Goddard has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department sin...

Read on...

Download headshot of Clay Goddard. Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2017

Oct. 6 - Director of Health announces retirement

Kevin Gipson

After 24 years serving at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Director of Health Kevin Gipson today announces his intent to retire.

“It has truly been a joy to serve the citizens of Springfield and Greene County for the past 24 years...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Community partners welcome the public to a housewarming party to unveil Nest Partnership

Two yellow eggs, a teal bird, and the words Nest Partnership surrounded by the branches of a bird ne

Our neighbors and community members are invited to a housewarming party Tuesday, September 12 to formally unveil an innovative program called the Nest Partnership.

The Nest Partnership brings together registered nurses, healthcare providers, community reso...

Read on...

Facebook Event Here Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2017

Aug. 31, 2017 - Pharmacies begin data collection and prescriber registration opens for local PDMP

Healthy Living Alliance logo

September 1 marks a big day in the implementation of our community’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Pharmacies will begin collecting dispensing data of controlled medications for daily upload into the secure database system on Friday, and ...

Read on...

More information Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: August 29, 2017

Aug. 29, 2017 - New measures in fight against opioid crisis take effect today

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services press release
This past July, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed into law new opioids legislation that goes into effect today, giving Missourians three new tools in the fight against this epidemic.

Full Press Release Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Aug. 24, 2017 - First reading of pit bull ordinance delayed until Sept. 18

pit bull

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky’s request, the first reading and public hearing for an ordinance to further regulate pit bull ownership in the city of Springfield has been rescheduled from the Sept. 5 City Council meeting to the Sept....

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 - Springfield to host Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit: Springfield Kick-Off July 20

Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit - Springfield Kickoff

Springfield has been chosen as the community to kick off a nine-city tour of Missouri to bring awareness to and spur action on the growing opioid epidemic in our state. 

The Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit is being led by Missouri Department of Heal...

Read on...

Register Here Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before City Council tonight

Healthy Living Alliance logo

PDMP designed to combat opioid epidemic

A proposed ordinance to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will be presented tonight to City Council in an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our community.

Missouri is the only state in the...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017 - Health Department encourages food safety over holiday weekend

picnic

1 in 6 people get sick from eating contaminated food each year in the US

With the 4th of July holiday coming up, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding the community about summer health and safety tips.

Food consumed in a private home ...

Read on...

More information Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2017

May 26, 2017 - Stream Testing, Heat Illness Surveillance Begins for Summer

Photo shows a man's hand holding a glass jar just under the surface of the water of a smooth stre

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday means it is the summer season for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. That marks the start of two warm-weather surveillance programs: stream water testing and heat-related illness.

Stream Testing

To provide inf...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 - Immunizations to move from Westside Public Health Center, new partnerships soon

Westside Public Health Center

Starting May 30, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be moving immunization services from Westside Public Health Center in preparation for exciting new services to come.

Westside, located at 660 S. Scenic, has been the immunization center ...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017 - Tips for Health and Safety After Flooding

Flooding

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges residents to use caution when cleaning up the mess left behind from historic regional flooding. Floodwater can contain contaminants and unseen hazards. Caution should be exercised with anything touched...

Read on...

Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases