Pottawatomie County Health Department was established in 1973 by the County Commissioners. The commissioners are the local board of health for the department.
The department's mission was adopted in 2013 and states, "It is our mission to engage, encourage, and build community partnerships for the purpose of identifying and promoting a healthy living environment for the stakeholders of Pottawatomie County."
Essential Services for Public Health
The Health Department strives to meet the 10 essential services for public health by:
Assuring a competent public and personal health care workforce
Developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community
Enforcing laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
Evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
Informing, educating, and empowering people about health issues
Linking people to needed personal health services and assuring the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
Mobilizing community partnerships and actions to identify and solve health problems
Monitoring health status to identify and solve community health problems
Researching for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems