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Welcome to the Daviess County Health Department!

Public health makes life better. We provide a wide variety of services, from home health visits to health issue counseling, from Immunization Clinics to Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, from WIC Clinics to Well Baby Clinics -- and other services that may surprise you, such as restaurant inspections, bioterrorism and emergency planning, well water testing, on-site sewer appraisals and permitting, and communicable disease investigation and more.

Disclaimer and Nondiscrimination Statement

All information contained within the Daviess County Health Department's website is intended for educational purposes only and is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment. The information is provided to further the understanding of WIC nutrition and related matters. Consumers should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something they may have seen on this site. Nutritionists, physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm information contained on this site. References to any non-governmental entity, product, service, or source of information that may be contained in this site should not be considered an endorsement, either direct or implied, by the Daviess County Health Department. Additionally, the Daviess County Health Department cannot be held responsible for information contained on other sites to which its website may be linked. If any offensive information is found on these sites, we would appreciate immediate notification. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from Discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.

Sports Physicals Available Topic: Upcoming Events
Daviess County Health Department is offering Sports Physicals by appointment 4 different dates throughout the summer. Dawn Estes, FNP will be the provider doing the physicals. The cost of the physicals is $15.00 cash or check and a parent must be present. The sports physical forms can be downloaded at and be sure you print the most recent form which is dated 03/03/2014. Nurses will be available for immunizations so please bring your immunization card and insurance information. The health department can bill limited insurance which is Medicaid, BC/BS, Coventry/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare/UMR. If you would like to make an appointment or you have any questions please call 660-663-2414.
Published May 27, 2015 - 12:58 PM Printer friendly page

ATV Safety EventTopic: Upcoming Events
The Daviess County Health Department will be partnering with The ATV Institute for an ATV safety event on June 6, 2015. The event is being held at the Gallatin High School and available by appointment only. Participants can try their hand at operating an ATV through The ATV safety Institute Introductory Experience. This program is geared towards persons with little or no off-road vehicle experience and a great way to see what the sport is all about. The event is offered to children ages 10-18 and will be conducted by certified instructors. Protective gear and ATV's will be provided. Participants are asked to wear long pants and over the ankle boots and must have a parent or guardian present. You will need to call the health department to sign up as space is limited. Our number is 660-663-2414 and we are open 8-4:30 M-F. Every child who attends this event will get a voucher to go to Rob's Cycle to be fitted for a FREE helmet, YES FREE!! The Daviess County Health Department is partnering with The ATV Institute, Rob's Cycle and MODot Blueprint for Safety to bring you this event.
Published May 26, 2015 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Celebrating 40 yearsTopic: All About Us

The Daviess County Health Department is celebrating 40 years! The health department was founded in 1975 by Mary Wheeler, RN through a grant but that grant soon ran out and Mrs. Wheeler campaigned for a mill tax. The community was very supportive and soon the tax passed and the health department was able to expand services. We plan to celebrate 40 years of service by "GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY". April 6-10, 2015 is National Public Health Week and we are planning several events to help us celebrate both activities. April 6th and 8th we will do our annual health fair and offer free labs to Daviess County residents. Those out of county will still be able to get a very good rate of $40.00 for women and $50.00 for men; we will start taking appointments for the labs on March 20, 2015 at 8AM. We will also have several local vendors available that day to offer many resources in our immediate area. On Tuesday April 9th we will offer our usual walk in public health day.
On Thursday we plan to do a lunch time healthy walk on the square and if you do the walk we will put your name in our Friday drawing for a prize. You can put your name in our drawings every day if you do something at the health department whether it be a BP, lab draw, or some other service we offer. On Friday we are planning a BBQ lunch for our community; weather permitting you can come and sit for a meal or take a sack lunch with you. All names will be drawn for prizes on Friday April 10th.

Watch the Gallatin paper for an article written by Tammy Huffman about the history of the health  department and where we are now. We will also be advertising in all surrounding papers for our 40th anniversary/public health fair week activities.

Published Feb 24, 2015 - 01:05 PMcomments? Printer friendly page

WIC: Sherri Carder recieves WIC AwardTopic: All About Us
2014 Brought 40 years of WIC History!

Sherri Carder, Kristie Smith, and Jessica Nelson of the Daviess County Health Department attended the WIC Conference held in Columbia Mo. The theme was 40 years of WIC! Making a difference! During the banquet Sherri Carder was presented with a certificate for 33 years of dedication and commitment to the health and wellness of Women, Infants and Children in the state of Missouri outstanding achievement.

The special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children is a federally funded discretionary program. Funding is allocated each fiscal year by Congress through the appropriations process. Funding levels are determined, then the Food and nutrition service (FNS) of USDA distributes grants to the 90 WIC state Agencies, including the U.S. Territories and Indian Tribal Organizations
The year of 2014 was a celebration of Forty Years of W.I.C.
Some W.I.C. history:
• 1972 WIC was piloted as a supplemental food program aimed at improving the health of pregnant mothers, infants and children in response to growing concern over malnutrition among many poverty-stricken mothers and young children.
• 1974 The first WIC site opened in Kentucky in January.
• 1974 WIC operating in 45 states.
• 1975 WIC was established as a permanent program by legislation P.L.94-105
• 1975 Eligibility was extended to non-breastfeeding women (up to 6 months postpartum) and children up to age 5. WIC initially provided supplemental foods to children up to age 4 and to breast-feeding postpartum mothers. The supplement foods should contain nutrients found lacking in target populations, and have relatively low levels of fat, sugar and salt. Sates needed to coordinate referrals to social services including immunizations, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, child abuse counseling, and family planning.
• 1992 WIC introduced and enhanced food package for exclusively breastfeeding mother to further promote breastfeeding. These items were carrots, tuna, extra milk and cheese.
• 1997 USDA implemented Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work campaign to increase breastfeeding rates among WIC mothers and improve public support of breastfeeding.
• 2004 The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor initiative was launched: Women with breastfeeding experience and training (often past WIC participants) became counselors to support other women learning to breastfeed.
• 2009 Based on Institute of Medicine recommendations, USDA introduced a new food package with foods consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and established dietary recommendations for infants and children over two years of age. Fruits, vegetables, and culturally sensitive substitutes for WIC foods are now part of the WIC food package. In addition, mothers who exclusively breastfeed receive more healthy foods with the enhanced WIC food package for exclusively breastfeeding.

In the beginning vouchers were a sheet of 8x11with three carbon copies and amount of foods were hand written. In the Mid 80’s they were issued by computer still 8x11 two carbons, and then in the 90’s an upgrade to check sized paper printed by the computers one thickness information stored in computer, by 2017 WIC will convert to an EBT card system.
The first two agencies in Missouri were Kirksville, Adair County and Rolla, Phelps County in 1974. Daviess County WIC program started in1976 With Mary Wheeler Administrator, and Delores Gatton as clerk caseload of approximately 20 to 40. At present, WIC Coord .and WIC certifier Sherri Carder, Nutrition Coord. and RD. Ryan Rosier, Breastfeeding, and Peer counselor Coord., CPA Kristie Smith , Cheryl Alexander CPA, Jackie Nichols, and Janet McMahon WIC Certifiers ,and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors Jessica Nelson and Angela Wayne, caseload of 210.
Do you remember in 1974?
• 1 can of formula $1.12 Today $16.00
• Bananas 12 cents a lb. Today 59cents
• 1 gallon milk $1.54 Today $4.89
A lot of change has taken place over 40th years and still more to come. If you would like more information about the WIC program and how to apply please contact the Daviess County Health Department at 660.663.2414. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Published Dec 30, 2014 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Enterovirus Affecting ChildrenTopic: Health/Fitness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2014
Increase in Respiratory Illness Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68): What you need to know
In response to increasing numbers of respiratory illness (Enterovirus D68), the Daviess County Health Department wants you to know the facts so you can protect your family.
Enterovirus is a common virus. With more than 100 types of enteroviruses, an estimated 10 to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. Most people who are infected with enteroviruses have no or mild symptoms. However some enteroviruses, like Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), can be very serious.
Symptoms of the Enterovirus D68 are similar to the common cold. Severe symptoms are possible with EV-D68, such as difficulty breathing. Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should consult their family physician.
Enterovirus D68 appears to be spreading by close contact with infected people. There is no vaccine or antiviral medication to treat EV-D68.
The Daviess County Health Department provides the following recommendations to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and to also protect yourself and your family:
β€’ Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom or changing diapers. The use of soap and water is very important to combat EV-D68. Soap and water are the preferred method of hand washing.
β€’ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
β€’ Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
β€’ Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
β€’ If you are sick, stay home.
Your Local Public Health Department continues to monitor the situation and share information with local health providers. While there are reports of increased cases across several Midwest states, there is not a surveillance system that can account for exact numbers of infections.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Senior Epidemiology Specialist C. Jon Hinkle says, β€œUsing good hand hygiene, practicing good cough and sneeze etiquette and staying home if you are sick are the most effective tools to fight EV-D68.”
For more information on EV-D68 visit or contact the Daviess County Health Department at 660-663-2414.

Published Sep 11, 2014 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

Tobacco Use In Daviess County and Resources to Help You QuitTopic: Health/Fitness
Author: Nathan Uthe, Bachelor of Science nursing student, University of Missouri-Columbia
Daviess County youth tobacco usage is higher than the state average! According to Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA) data, as of 2012, it was estimated that 1 in 6 Daviess County students in grades 6-12 are current smokers, which is higher than the state average at 1 in 10. There are free resources available to help you or a loved one quit using tobacco. So how does Daviess County compare to the state of Missouri?
In order to assess current tobacco usage and other risky behaviors, the Daviess County Health Department conducted a survey, “The 2012 Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey”. This survey was completed by students in area schools between the sixth and ninth grades. Tobacco users were a small percentage of area students, but all respondents were younger than 18. Here are the results.
• 1 in 7 had tried at least one or two puffs of a cigarette.
• 11-13 were the most common ages for smoking an entire cigarette.
• 1 in 20 were current smokers, most of them smoked daily.
• Tobacco usage of Daviess County youth was 5% smoked cigarettes, 3% smoked cigars, and 2% chewed tobacco.
• Tobacco usage statewide was 4% smoked cigarettes, 2.1% smoked cigars, and 2.2% chewed tobacco.
• Half of tobacco users smoked cigarettes, a quarter used chewing tobacco, and a quarter smoked cigarettes, which is comparable to statewide tobacco usage by type of tobacco product.
• The top three ways Daviess County youth obtained their cigarettes was through 1) giving money to an adult to purchase, 2) bumming from someone, and 3) were given to by an adult.
• The top three ways for obtaining cigarettes statewide are 1) giving money to an adult to purchase, 2) bumming from someone, and 3) purchasing from a store.
Therefore, Daviess County youth are using tobacco products at a higher rate than the statewide average, with the exception of chewing tobacco that was equivalent. The good news is that Daviess County businesses are doing a good job of not selling tobacco to minors, which makes it harder for minors to obtain tobacco.
Business policies can be key in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and influencing smoking cessation. In 2012, the Health Department also surveyed area businesses to identify their tobacco use policies. There were a total of 47 area businesses that responded to the survey. The results are as follows:
• 3 in 5 area businesses had a tobacco use policy in place.
• 4 in 5 did not allow smoking within the businesses
• 3 in 5 did not oppose a smoking ordinance in their town of operation, with the most common objection being that it should be up to the business to decide.
• 1 in 10 had worksite-wellness incentives to assist employees to quit using tobacco.
Although the majority of businesses did not allow smoking within the business, only 1 in 6 had a policy in place about smoking outside the business. This could still allow patrons to be exposed to second-hand smoke. A possible solution would be to not allow smoking within a certain distance of the business entrance.
Above all other factors, the largest influence on teen smoking is family and friends. According to MICA data, adolescents are twice as likely to smoke cigarettes if they live with a family member who smokes. Of adolescent smokers, 9 in 10 have one or more of their closest friends who smokes. Tobacco use as of a 2011 study for all Daviess County residents revealed that 23% smoked cigarettes and 4.4% used chewing tobacco. With the strong influence others have on adolescent tobacco use, it is no wonder rates for area students are higher than the state average. Tobacco users who want to quit, can have a positive impact on lowering adolescent tobacco use by setting a positive example.
There are resources available to help current tobacco users quit; some of these resources are free. If you want to quit, schedule an appointment with your doctor and they will discuss benefits and methods to assist you in quitting tobacco. Another option is the Missouri Tobacco Quitline, which is a free service provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; you can reach the Quitline at 1-800-quitnow or However, not all tobacco users smoke and there is assistance for chewing tobacco users too. They can go to for resources to quit; there are even coupons for tobacco free alternatives. The Daviess County Health Department is another resource, and can be contacted at 660-663-2414,, or and can discuss resources to quit. Finally, if you support a smoking ordinance for your town, let your voice be heard.

Published Jul 09, 2014 - 12:00 AM Printer friendly page

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