About Us

 

The Putnam County Health Department works to prevent, promote and protect the health of the residents of our county. We strive to maintain and protect the health of our residents by providing services such as communicable disease control, immunizations, environmental health management and health education to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevent illness and chronic disease. We work with a variety of community partners to ensure that necessary services and programs are available to the county residents. In addition to providing services, our agency helps to facilitate efforts to assess and prioritize the county’s health needs and contributes to the efforts to address the identified needs to improve the health of our community.

PCHD Leadership

The Putnam County Health Department staff are led by the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team includes:
Health Commissioner: Kimberly Rieman, RN, MPH, CHES
Director of Nursing: Sherri Recker, RN, MSN
Director of Environmental Health: Brandi Schrader, M.Ed., RS

Ten Essential Public Health Services

Public Health is the science of improving the health of individuals, families and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing the spread of disease and protecting the environment and health and safety of the population.
Public health agencies accomplish this by focusing on the Ten Essential Public Health Services:

1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
8. Assure a competent public and personal health care workforce.
9. Evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services.
10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

These 10 services represent the spectrum of public health activities that should be provided in any jurisdiction by the public health system, in which the local health department and other entities are involved, including the following organizations: healthcare, public safety, human service and charity, education and youth development, recreation and arts related, economic and environmental.