Richland Public Health

The Richland Public Health Department 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 the Board of Health and in compliance with state and federal laws.

The Environmental Health Division performs a variety of 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 standards. They regulate residential and small flow sewage systems, tattoo and body piercing parlors, solid waste landfills, swimming pools campgrounds and manufactured home parks. This division also monitors school environments, inspects public nuisances such as illegal sewage discharges, trash accumulations, rodent and other animal and insect disease vectors, and other potential public health problems. Plumping inspectors in our division inspect and permit residential and commercial plumbing installations to ensure safety and sanitation.

Health Promotion and Education is an informational link to the community and the media. Services include programs on risk reduction and healthy lifestyles, health screenings for public employees, resource materials (videos, pamphlets, booklets) on health topics, and presentations for groups. This Division is also responsible for news releases to the media and social networks, advertising for the Health Department, and maintaining the website. The County Employee Wellness Program, Child Car Seat Program, AARP Senior Driver Refresher Course, Creating Healthy Communities, and the Richland County Safe Communities Coalition (Traffic Safety Grant) are a few of our programs.

The Public Health Clinic at the Richland Public Health Department provides non-emergency public health care services for people of all ages who are residents of Richland County. The Public Health Clinic has a full time medical doctor as well as a nurse practitioner. Services are available by appointment. At our clinic, nurses provide immunizations, conduct pre-natal, well-child, and school-based clinics as well as general health clinics along with the additional support of a health educator, social worker and dietitian. Immunizations are offered at Neighborhood Clinics throughout the county and our International Travel Program provides consultation and the required vaccines for residents travelling outside the country.

Fees for most services are based on a sliding scale and no one is refused medical or childhood immunizations due to inability to pay. Medicare/Medicaid cards & Medicaid Managed Care accepted. An interpreter may be arranged if needed for foreign language or hearing impaired clients.

The Public Health Nursing division consists of public health nurses who provide a variety of public health programs to the community. The public health nurses perform case management services for families who have children with special health care needs through the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, newborn home nurse visits with ongoing follow-up and parent education, and school health services contracted through the schools. Senior Health Screenings, Community Health Screenings, and annual flu clinics are provided at locations throughout Richland County.

Our staff epidemiologist and public health nurses work with local health care providers and the Ohio Department of Health to control the outbreak of communicable disease. Case managers are also available to link low-income and uninsured women over age 40 to breast and cervical cancer screening. The Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department also provides leadership in the area of emergency response related to biological or public health threats.

The Vital Statistics division at the Richland Public Health Department maintains records of all births and deaths in Richland County since 1909 (excluding Shelby) and can provide certified 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 six months old, breastfeeding mothers, and infants and children up to 5 years old. WIC provides individualized nutrition counseling, nutritious foods, help in finding health care, breastfeeding support and education, voter registration, and farmer's market coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables during the summer months.

WIC also provides nutrition classes on topics like infant feeding, breastfeeding, story time with snacks, and special holiday theme events. For breastfeeding moms returning to work or school, WIC may provide electric breast pumps.

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Last Updated: 05 JAN 2018
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