Bowling Green, OH – Public health is credited with adding 25-30 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States in this century, according to the CDC, yet if asked, “What is Public health?” the average person may say something like “healthcare for low-income families.”
Public health professionals focus on protecting the health of entire populations. The goal is to prevent disease and injury through population-based prevention programs. The Wood County Health District promotes healthy lifestyles through educational programs, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, monitoring community health status to identify community health problems and health hazards in Wood County and working with community partners to help solve community health problems. We also focus on controlling infectious disease, enforcing laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury.
A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. The Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, part of the Wood County Health District, works toward that effort by offering comprehensive medical services for all, from prenatal care, to infants through seniors, including behavioral health, reproductive health, clinical pharmacy and dispensing pharmacy services. The health center is contracted with many different insurance companies and is accepting new patients with or without insurance. A sliding fee scale, based on income, is available for all patients. No one is refused services for inability to pay.
While public health professionals have made significant contributions to improving population health over the last century through public health efforts such as: recognizing tobacco as a health hazard; reducing deaths from heart attack and stroke; immunizations to help eradicate smallpox and dramatically decrease the number of cases of polio, measles and other diseases; healthier mothers and babies; motor vehicle safety; fluoridation of water to prevent cavities; and family planning, there is still much work to be done. For example, the U.S. has had the highest obesity rates across all age groups for decades. U.S adolescents have the highest rate of pregnancies and are more likely to acquire sexually transmitted diseases. In Wood County, chlamydia was the most commonly reported infectious disease in 2014. Drug-related mortality is another public health issue. We lose more years of life to alcohol and other drugs than people in peer countries. The President’s 2014 National Drug Control Strategy noted that drug-induced overdose deaths now surpass homicides and car crash deaths. We have a lot of challenges to overcome and it will take change at both the local and national levels to ensure our communities make a positive impact on our health, but we are committed to protecting and improving health in Wood County.
Join us for National Public Health Week 2015 and be a part of the effort to make Wood County a healthier community! We also invite you to learn more about the services of the Wood County Health District by reading our 2014 Annual Report located on our website at: http://www.woodcountyhealth.org/aboutus/documents/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf
The Wood County Health District provides numerous services to the community, including comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. Our Health and Wellness Center welcomes all patients and accepts most third party insurances, including uninsured or underinsured clients regardless of ability to pay. The mission of Wood County Health District is to take the initiative to facilitate opportunities for Wood County residents to lead healthy lives. The Health District is located at 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green. Normal office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with late hours and satellite clinics are available. The Wood County Board of Health meetings are generally held on the second Thursday at 7pm at the Wood County Health District and are open to the public.