The Midland County Health Department has broad responsibility to protect the public's health and promote healthy behaviors. The Health Department oversee's programs and services in the following areas:
Health Promotion - This function includes public education on health related topics such as exercise, obesity, and diet. It also includes preparedness issues that include terrorism, pandemic diseases, and chemical accidents. Family planning and other women's services (breast and cervical cancer screenings) are provided as well.
Disease Prevention - The Health Department provides routine child and adult vaccinations including travel vaccines. We work to educate the community, treat, and then prevent communicable diseases including sexually transmitted diseases. We monitor many areas that contribute to the overall public health of our community, including safe drinking water along with properly functioning private septic systems. We are the only public entity that assesses threats to the community from communicable and chronic diseases.
Protection of the Environment - We work to ensure a healthy environment for our residents by providing information on a variety of topics for both private dwellings and commercial settings.
The Health Officer may take actions to carry out the local Health Department's functions. This includes the ability investigate health issues and order corrections to prevent the spread of illness or disease.