The St. Clair County Health Department was established in October 1985, by Resolution of the St. Clair County Board. This Resolution provided for the establishment of a local health department for the 18 townships not served by East Side Public Health District and provided for the utilization of the tuberculosis tax as a new public health tax.
In January 1986, the Board of Health members, under the direction of Congressman Jerry Costello, former County Board Chairman, organized and elected officers. In February 1986, the Mission Statement was developed to guide the functions of the St. Clair County Health Department. The Board of Health proceeded with recruitment of a Public Health Administrator, Kevin Hutchison, who assumed duties on May 12, 1986.
The operating budget for 1986 was $485,161 with a minimal amount of services offered: food sanitation, potable water, maternal and child health, solid waste and nuisance monitoring and chronic and communicable disease control. There were a total of 21 employees at the St. Clair County Health Department. Over the years, with several additions in staff, funding and programs, the St. Clair County Health Department has grown to 70 employees and a 2012 operating budget of over 5 million dollars.
Currently, the same levels of government are governing the St. Clair County Health Department. The County Board and the Board of Health provide guidance and leadership to the St. Clair County Health Department under the direction of the Honorable Mark Kern, Chairman of the Board.
The St. Clair County Health Department consists of four functional Divisions related to a variety of public health services. While these offices utilize specially trained staff and funding sources that are uniquely related to their public health objectives; they share a common goal of working together for the health of all St. Clair County residents.
The goal of Administration is to ensure that the Department carries out the functions of public health. These functions include assessing the health of the community, developing plans, resources and programs to meet the needs of the community and assuring that the health goals are met through collaborative planning and public health policy development. Administration oversees the operations of the Department through fiscal management and coordination of community health partnerships.
Health Protection Division
The goal of the Health Protection Division is to promote wellness, develop implementation plans to respond to public emergencies and to protect the health and safety of St. Clair County residents through the control of infectious disease, the management of environmental resources, the safe handling of food products, and the maintenance of an effective health alert system.
Community Health Division
The goal of the Community Health Division is to promote healthy families in the county through outreach programs and services that improve access to health care. It also helps to promote healthy lifestyle choices among County residents through health education services.
Personal Health Division
The goal of the Personal Health Division is to promote the health of women, infants and children by offering prevention, education and supportive services in our clinics, throughout the community or in your home.