Our mission is to serve and educate the citizens of Hocking County with public health programs that prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the environment.
The vision of the Hocking County Health Department is to achieve excellence in health education, disease prevention and environmental health. It is our desire to provide high quality, community friendly, accessible services that reflect our mission in accordance with the Public Health Standards, and make the Hocking County Health Department become recognized as a model public health agency.
HEALTH NEWS: With the recent events in Fairfield County, the topic of botulism has been in the media quite a bit lately. First, botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is NOT contagious. You cannot catch botulism from someone infected with the bacteria. Individuals can only get botulism by consuming the botulinum toxin or by having a wound infected with the toxin producing bacterium. However, foodborne botulism is a public health concern because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food product.