Pettis County Health Center invites everyone to join in the celebration of Public Health Week. The theme for this year’s celebration is Healthy Missouri 2030: Making Communities Stronger. Each day of the week will have a different health promoting topic. Mayor Stephen Galliher has declared the week of April 4-10 Public Health Week in Sedalia.
PCHC has served the community since being approved as a separate organization governed by a Board of Trustees since November 1986. This year marks the 30th anniversary of that historic vote, but the tradition of public health services in Pettis County stretches back to 1939 when Elizabeth Abney, RN, was hired to provide public health nursing services to the residents of the county.
Through the years, public health services in Pettis County have included providing immunizations, school health services, prenatal care, well baby clinics, raising funds to buy needed medical equipment and home visiting.
More recent services include women’s health, environmental public health to inspect food establishments, on site waste water installation, lodging facilities and follow up on complaints, provide education services in child care facilities, work in collaboration with many community groups to improve the health of our community, respond to communicable disease outbreaks and to respond to emergencies in our community such as the 2010 tornado and H1N1 pandemic influenza.
During the remainder of the week, the services Pettis County Health Center provides under our four pillars of Prevent, Promote, Provide and Protect will be highlighted as we work to fulfill this year’s theme of Healthy Missouri 2030: Making Our Community Stronger.
The theme for today is Prevent.
Throughout time the prevention of communicable diseases has been a primary focus of public health. From the prevention of cholera by removing the pump handle on the Broad Street well to investigating the source of food which has caused outbreaks of E. coli, public health officials at federal, state and local levels have worked hard to identify and stop the spread of communicable diseases.
In Pettis County, Health Center staff responds to all reportable communicable diseases of residents in the county. In addition, they use data from community partners to identify illness trends that are developing in the county, state or nation and notify health care providers through health alerts so disease transmission can be slowed and stopped.
The staff of the Pettis County Health Center also works with children and adults to share information on how to prevent illness such as good handwashing, being careful when the weather is very hot or cold, keeping up with immunizations and encouraging people to stay home when they are ill. Education is an important part of the work of public health professionals.
Preventing communicable diseases and other illness will help to move Pettis County to meet the goal of Healthy Pettis County 2030: A Strong Community.
Release courtesy of Pettis County Health Center