Holmes County General Health District

The Holmes County Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan

Agency Plans/Reports

2015-2017 Strategic Plan

Based on the changing environment of public health, the staff of the Holmes County General Health District have assessed its mission, its strengths and its weaknesses in order to plan out its priorities moving into the future.  In this plan are measurable steps in which the health department can gauge its success in achieving its priorities.  The Strategic Plan is a document that is to grow and change and will help the agency stay on a charted course in attaining its vision.  The Strategic Plan can be read in its entirety by clicking below.

2014 Community Health Assessment

The Holmes County Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides the foundation for improving and promoting the health of Holmes County.  A variety of Holmes County community partners collaborated in the assessment process, which has allowed to public health system to describe the health status of the community; identify factors in the community that contribute to its health challenges; and evaluate existing community assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve the health status of Holmes County. The community health assessment, therefore, assures that local resources are directed toward activities and interventions that address critical and timely public health needs.  The Holmes County Community Health Assessment can be read in its entirety by clicking below.

2014-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan

The Holmes County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) provides guidance to the health department, its partners, and its community members, on improving the health of Holmes County residents.  The plan is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. Government agencies, including those related to health, human services, and education, use the community health improvement plan in collaboration with community partners to set priorities and coordinate and target resources.  The Holmes County Community Health Improvement Plan can be read in its entirety by clicking below.

Holmes County residents are encouraged to  leave feedback regarding these documents, as community input is very important to pursuing excellence in public health.  Please email your questions or comments regarding these documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.".  You are also welcome to call the Holmes County General Health District at 330-674-5035 to leave your feedback directly with a staff member.


2015-2017 Strategic Plan  

Holmes County Improvement Plan

Holmes County Health Improvement PlanHolmes County Community Health Assessment 2014

Board of Health

The Holmes County General Health District's Board of Health meets on the third Friday of the month at 8:00 am in the second floor conference room in the Health & Human Services Building located at 85 North Grant St, Millersburg, OH  44654.  The current Board of Health Members are:

Kurt Rodhe - President - term expires on 3/31/2019
Carol Miller - Pro Tem President - term expires on 3/31/2017
Paul Miller - Board Member - term expires on 3/31/2016
Dr. Eric Miller - Board Member - term expires on 3/31/2020
Kris Pipes-Perone - Board Member - term expires on 3/31/2018

Below are the Board of Health minutes from the last two years:

Healthy Community Award


Healthy Community Award

2013 Healthy Ohio Healthy Community Award

Each year, the Ohio Department of Health recognizes the outstanding achievements of communities that implement health related policies and provide a healthy community environment with the Health Ohio Healthy Community Awards. In 2013, fourteen cities, two townships, one village and four counties were honored for their roles in promoting good health for their residents. Holmes County was the recipient of the Silver Award. The purpose of the award is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. Focusing on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation efforts, the award recognizes communities efforts to encourage employees and residents to make healthy choices.

Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award

The Holmes County Health District has earned the Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio Gold Award BF 001Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Gold Award. Through efforts such as a designated pumping room, a personnel policy that supports breastfeeding and consultations available as needed by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, the Holmes County Health District is working to improve the health of our community’s littlest members. Children who are breastfed have a reduced risk of many health problems including diabetes, asthma, childhood cancer and obesity.

“The Holmes County Health District’s breastfeeding initiatives give mothers the support, confidence and skills to successfully breastfeed their baby," said Raquel Miller, RN, IBCLC. "We encourage exclusive breastfeeding for six months to reduce the risk for infections especially in the first year of life and for optimal nutrition for the baby. We are also excited about the opportunities to retain and encourage valuable employees through these programs that promote healthy families.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, low rates of breastfeeding add $2.2 billion a year to medical costs. Babies who are formula-fed instead of breast-fed tend to require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the country would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90% of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Supporting breastfeeding makes good business sense: studies have found that breastfeeding reduces absenteeism rates on the part of new mothers and increases their productivity.

Ohio is committed to promoting and protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed her child for as long as she chooses, whether or not she returns to work. Doctors recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth for the optimal health of a mother and her child.

The Ohio Department of Health and other breastfeeding advocates around the state developed the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award to acknowledge employers who establish and maintain comprehensive, high-quality breastfeeding support programs for their employees.

The Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Business award recognizes businesses that also provide accommodation for their breastfeeding customers or clients.

The Holmes County Health District is one of 22 employers in Ohio to be honored by the Ohio Department of Health.

Public Health Works

Public Health Works

In 1900 the life expectancy for the average person was around 40.  Of the 30 years added to life expectancy this past century, 25 of those years are directly related to public health.  It might surprise you to know that in this day and age the life expectancy in both Angola and Zambia, countries in southern Africa is still less than 40 years.  Afghanistan has a life expectancy of 44 years.  It makes one stop and think of all that we have here in Holmes County, clean water, clean air, access to medical care, safe streets.

But even in the United States people die young, and public health has worked to learn from their deaths to prevent other deaths.  After Jayne Mansfield the actress died at the age of 34 in an automobile crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began to require changes on tractor trailers to prevent the sliding of a car underneath a truck.  A number of celebrities including saxophonist Charlie Parker (34), John Belushi (33), and Marilyn Monroe (36) have died from drug overdoses.  Today public health works hard to address both prescription drug abuse and illicit drug abuse.  Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas died at 32 from a heart attack brought on by obesity, a subject that public health is addressing today.

During the lifetime of most adults, public health has contributed to the end of smallpox, a rapid decline in smoking, a marked decrease in heart disease deaths, the AIDS epidemic and subsequent treatments, creation of the EPA, and  many other developments.  Who knows what advances in the field of public health we will see during our children’s lifetime.

10 Essential Public Health Services

Health Department Services

The ten essential public health services provide the framework for the NPHPSP. Because the strength of a public health system rests on its capacity to effectively deliver the ten Essential Public Health Services, the NPHPSP instruments health systems assess how well they perform the following:

  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 health and personal healthcare workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.


Our location

New Home for Health Department

Five years ago the Holmes County Health District moved to a new location. In June of 2015 we also discontinued our clinic services due to lack of funding. However many of our residents still are unaware of these facts, please help us spread the word. We are Public Health and we are here for you!  

The  public health offices are located at 85 North Grant Street on the third floor of the Health and Human Services building.  The current location allows for more storage, more office space, and decreased upkeep costs.  The services provided at the current location include all of the Environmental Health Services (nuisance complaints, dog bites, licensure or permits for swimming pools, food operations, RV parks, manufactured home parks, campgrounds, tattoo establishments),  Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH), Help Me Grow (HMG), School Nursing,  Vital Statistics (Birth and Death Certificates), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Breastfeeding support, Public Health Preparedness, Children and Family Health Services, and Communicable Disease Investigation.

We hope that you will be able to easily find what you need.  However, if you are unsure call us.

General Health District number       (330) 674-5035                
Environmental Health                      (330) 674-8422
WIC (Women, Infant & Children      (330) 674-8455                               
Help Me Grow                                 (330) 674-0177


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