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Mission:

Our mission is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County

Vision:

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

Values and Beliefs:

  • We believe our guiding principles are The 10 Essential Public Health Services. (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention created The 10 Essential Public Health Services to describe the public health activities that all communities should carry out.)
  • We believe that health is more than life without disease.
  • We believe that quality of life along with life expectancy of people in Wood County should affect our actions.
  • We believe investments in public health will save future costs through prevention.
  • We believe our role is to assure health equity. This means we believe everyone should have access to healthcare and information for the areas of their health that can be controlled or treated.
  • We believe health encompasses all aspects of the person including their environment.
  • We believe community and environmental health needs are always changing.
  • We value a strong collaborative relationship among board members, management, community partners and staff.
  • We believe in fostering a culture of continuous quality improvement.

History:

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

Present:

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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