Mission & Goals

Mission Statement


Healthy People in a Healthy Community


To assure all valley residents a safe community and healthy environment to raise their families through Public Health based environmental health regulation and personal health services which meet the needs of all members of the community and to promote healthy lifestyles through preventive education initiatives.

Long Range Goals


Implementation and compliance with the public health practice standards 10 essential public health functions. These include the following:
  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems in the community
  3. Inform, educated and empower people regarding health issues
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  5. Develop policies and plans which support individual and community health efforts
  6. Enforce the laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure health care when it is otherwise unavailable
  8. Ensure a competent local public health system and assure a competent personal health care workforce
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population based health services
  10. Research for innovative solutions to health problems
This will be accomplished through a collaborative process with the County and other health departments and health services agencies in the greater Mercer area.

Short Range goals


  • Develop community partnerships with key agencies and organizations
  • Continue working towards a computerized data information systems to streamline departmental functions
  • Perform review of all health and animal control ordinances to assure code align with current community needs