Our mission

Protect, promote, and improve the health, safety, and quality of life of the Putnam County community.


A Putnam County community that is free of preventable disease, live and work in a healthy environment, and have access to quality care.

We are able to achieve that vision by maintaining and protecting 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 illnesses and chronic diseases.

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.

Core values


All people are treated with respect, empathy and professionalism.


The Putnam County Health Department works in collaboration with community partners to identify community needs and opportunities to strengthen and broaden resources.


At the Putnam County Health Department, a skilled workforce provides exceptional quality services for all.


Health Commissioner

Kimberly Rieman, RN, MPH, CHES

Director of Nursing

Sherri Recker, RN, MSN

Director of Environmental Health

Beth Skulina, M.Ed.,REHS

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.

The following 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, charity, education, youth development, recreation, arts related, economic and environmental.

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.