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Protecting and educating Lake County residents and businesses

The Lake County Health District provides programs and services that benefit residents and business owners of Lake County.  Its establishment in 1919 was a direct response to the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919.  Since then, the Health District’s mission has been to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the community.  To fulfill their mission, the Health District established five divisions to serve as a shield around the community and to provide support to those marginalized and most at risk: 

Environmental health
This impactful division at the Health District is responsible for over 15 programs and services that include monitoring bacteria levels in lake water and parks, food inspections, sewage treatment, solid waste management, mosquito control and more.  Some services are at no cost to the public while other specialized services for businesses and homeowners may have a charge. 

Population health & emergency planning 
This division helps facilitate the ongoing surveillance of disease and other health concerns through collecting, investigating, and analyzing various communicable diseases, providing supportive resources and care, and other measures.  It most popularly provides potassium iodine (KI) tablets to residents and businesses within 10 miles of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant and also educates the community on various topics including the dangers of texting while driving, and provides lifesaving Naloxone (Narcan) to areas in Lake County most at risk of seeing overdoses. 

Community health services
Community Health recognizes that there are more factors contributing to the overall health and safety of county residents than the prevention and management of communicable diseases alone. Among facilitating school nurse placement, immunization clinics, and tuberculosis (TB) testing, this division provides case management for kids with medical handicaps and car seats and cribs to income-eligible families––while quantities last.

Birth & death records
This division provides birth certificates for everyone born in the state of Ohio.  Death certificates at the Health District, on the other hand, are only provided for those deaths that occurred within Lake County.  Learn more information about this division at

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) 
WIC is a nutrition education program and provides nutritious foods that promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age five (5).  Food benefits are loaded onto a WIC Nutrition Card and can be used at local vendors. There are Lake-Geauga offices in Huntsburg, Middlefield, Madison, Painesville, and Wickliffe.  Learn more about WIC services at

Did you know?
Did you know the Lake County General Health District partners with and supports the Wickliffe Family Resource Center (WFRC)? The WFRC is operated by the Wickliffe City School District and helps connect people to health and medical resources, food, clothing, and toiletries, as well as employment and housing opportunities.  This program has no residential requirements or guidelines for folks to use the services there.  The WFRC has over 30 partners including Lifeline, Lake ADAMHS Board, Signature Health, Crossroads Health, and many other dedicated organizations across the county.  For questions regarding the Wickliffe Family Resource Center’s services, call the main number at 440-943-6113.

NEW: Lake County Connections
Lake County Connections was created to connect and support Lake County’s aging communities through technology and collaborative partnerships contributing to overall healthy lifestyles.  Visit to find online resources, education, upcoming events in the county and more to contribute to your overall health and well-being.

Staying connected with LCGHD
Opt in to receive the LCGHD newsletter by visiting  To learn more about the services the Lake County General Health District offers and the services they support, visit or call the main number at 440-350-2543.