Adair County Health Department

Founded on March 15, 1979, the Adair County Health Department serves the citizens of Adair County, Missouri. Our goal is to help you and your family achieve and maintain good health by:

  • Providing preventative services including vaccinations
  • Providing health education
  • Providing special programming including WIC
  • Conducting communicable disease investigations
  • Providing referrals to medical and health partners in our community
  • Enforcing the Adair County Food Ordinance, and health-related Missouri statutes
  • Responding to public health emergencies
  • Providing Home Health services to clients who are homebound

In addition to these important services, ACHD provides birth and death records for the public. Birth records date back to 1920 while death records are available from 1980. For requirements and fees, learn more about vital records.


We are one of 89 county Local Public Health Agencies operating in Missouri that is organized by an elected local Board of Trustees. Having four-year terms, our Board of Trustees is responsible for:

  • Adoption of bylaws, rules, and regulations for the Health Department
  • Oversight of The Health Department’s operations and financial expenditures
  • Oversight of the Health Department’s strategic and long-term planning

Board of Trustees and Administrators

Johnna Shockey, Secretary
Robin Darr, Treasurer
Shirley Riley , Chairperson
Curt Platz, Member at Large
Brenda Higgins, Vice Chairperson

Lori Guffey, RN, Administrator

Adair County Health Department - Kirksville MO

Our Mission

The Adair County Health Department will promote health, wellness, and protect the public from disease through health education; and providing professional, client centered services in our clinics, homes, and community.  This mission is carried out through the programs and services found on this website.

Our Vision

A responsive, sustainable public health system positioned to promote and enhance the health of all Adair County citizens.