March 30, 2015
April 6-10, 2015 is Public Health Week in Missouri!
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world!
Your Adair County Health Department does a number of public health services for our County residents. Some of these services include:
- Providing immunizations; flu shots at our drive thru flu clinic; and TB skin tests,
- Conducting restaurant, daycare, and motel/hotel inspections,
- Providing food safety training to food service employees,
- Enforcing the Adair County Food ordinance,
- Submitting specimens for rabies testing,
- Conducting communicable disease investigations,
- Providing nutrition services for pregnant women and children (WIC),
- Providing disease testing in conjunction with the Missouri state lab (rabies, STDs),
- Improving maternal and child health,
- Providing health screenings and community referrals,
- Providing health education,
- Preparing for public health emergencies,
- Providing vital records (birth and death certificates),
- Providing Home Health and community health visits,
- Working with community partners to improve health.
In summary, our efforts focus on preventing disease, protecting our citizens from disease, and promoting healthy lifestyles. As we celebrate the 2015 Public Health Week, we wish to thank Adair County for its support of our health department and look forward to serving our citizens in 2015.