Open house to be held at health department

In recognition of the role the health department plays in protecting the community, preventing disease and providing programs and services that lead to improved health, the Phelps County Commission at its April 15 meeting proclaimed Tuesday, April 22, as Public Health Day in Phelps County.
This coming Tuesday, the public is invited to attend a free open house event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phelps County Health Department at the county courthouse, 200 N. Main St., Suite G51 in Rolla.
Attendees can find out about programs and services offered by the health department and learn how the staff can care for people, their families and the community.
“Every day our staff cares for families, cares for our community and cares for you,” said Jodi Waltman, the health department administrator. “We do so much in addition to providing immunizations and WIC (women, infants and children) services.
“We protect the food you eat and the water you drink. We ensure the person sitting next to you isn’t passing along a communicable disease. We help mothers deliver healthier babies and help children eat healthier foods,” Waltman said.
“We work with community partners to provide you with safe places to exercise. We help people quit smoking, manage their diabetes, reduce their cholesterol and lower their blood pressure,” she added. “We look at all the health issues in a community and help establish policies, programs and services to address them. This is public health.”
Waltman added, “Public health is making a difference in Phelps County by acquiring a federally qualified health center (Your Community Health Center) that began seeing patients in February, by passing a smoke-free ordinance in Rolla in 2012, by building a strong group of public health volunteers for emergency response and by partnering with a third-party company to provide immunizations for people who don’t qualify for Missouri’s Vaccine for Children program.”
Learn more about the health department by calling the office at 573-458-6010 or visiting online.