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Our vision is to provide the highest level of service and leadership to be the healthiest county in Ohio.


We will take the initiative to facilitate opportunities for Wood County residents to lead healthy lives.

Our Mission will be accomplished by:
  • Coordinating community assessment efforts to define health issues to prevent disease, promote health, and protect residents from health risks
  • Developing local health policies which support and encourage better health
  • Encouraging and assisting citizens to understand personal and community health risks and accept responsibility to adopt practices that enhance individual and collective health
  • Assuring that appropriate services are accessible to all residents and delivered in an effective and efficient manner

Created in 1920, the Wood County Health District has a long history of protecting it's citizens.

"Each member had a vision that the main purpose of all health work is to apply scientific knowledge to the conditions of our environments that disease may be prevented and the physical powers of the people be increased at a minimum of inconvenience and expense to the taxpayer of the county. The ideal of Public Health work is to create an organization that will secure to every citizen whatever his condition and wherever his residence, the right to a sound body and good health."

     - excerpts from the first Board of Health Meeting, 1920


Today we serve more than 120,000 Wood County residents. Guided by the Board of Health Members, the Health Commissioner and the employees of Wood County Health District operate on a $4,250,000 annual budget.

Health Commissioner:

The Board of Health appointed Ben Batey, RN, MPH as the Wood County Health Commissioner in 2014. Ben has been with the District since 2010. Prior to being Health Commissioner, he served as the Health Center CEO, Director of Nursing, and Epidemiologist.
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