Richland Public Health

Health and Social Services
General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 419-774-4557
Emergencies: Dial 911
555 Lexington Ave.

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Richland Public Health provides a variety of programs that protect and promote health throughout Richland County. We offer services for local business and people of all ages under the direction of our Board of Health and in compliance with state and federal laws.

The Environmental Health Division has programs that educate our community, prevent exposures and protect our citizens from adverse effects of illnesses, diseases, and injuries in our county. Environmental specialists called sanitarians ensure that restaurants and other food establishments meet local and state standard. They regulate residential and small flow sewage systems, tattoo and body piercing parlors, solid waste landfills, swimming pools, and campgrounds. This division monitors school environments, inspects public nuisances such as illegal sewage discharges, trash accumulations, rodent and other animal and insect disease vectors, mosquito control, and other potential public health problems. Plumbing inspectors in this division inspect and permit residential and commercial plumbing installations to ensure safety and sanitation.

Community Health & Prevention Sciences  is the art and science of studying and assessment of community health needs, organization and provision of comprehensive community health services and education and development of health care programs with the objectives of the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases. Services focus on risk reduction and healthy choices, including heart disease and diabetes education, and programs creating healthy exercise options. This division is also responsible for public relations and advertising and the website and social media.

The Public Health Clinic at Richland Public Health  provides non-emergency health care services for people of all ages. Services available by appointment or walk-in include child, teen, and adult immunizations, TB testing, and STD testing. Immunization are also provided at our Neighborhood Immunization Clinics throughout the county and our International Travel Immunization Program provides consultation and the required vaccines for travelling outside the country. Fees for most services are based on a sliding scale and no one is denied childhood immunizations due to inability to pay. An interpreter may be arranged for foreign language or hearing impaired clients.

The Public Health Nursing division consists of nurses who provide a variety of public health services to the community. Public Health Nurses perform case management services for families who have children with special health care needs, newborn home visits with ongoing follow-up and parent education, and school health services in contract school districts. Community Health Screenings, in locations throughout Richland County, provide free checks of blood pressure and blood sugar. This division also does communicable disease investigation and monitoring and provides leadership in emergency response related to biological or other public health threats.

Vital Statistics maintains records of all births and deaths in Richland County since 1909 and can provide birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio. This division maintains statistics on births, deaths, and causes of death to assist in planning health programs and services that meet the needs of our community.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) is a nutrition education program for pregnant women, women who have a baby less than 6-months old, breastfeeding mothers, and infants up to 5-years old. WIC provides individual nutrition counseling, nutritious foods, help in finding health care, voter’s registration, and farmers market coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables during the summer months.

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