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Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
has 350 highly-trained employees providing a wide range of services to the people of Louisville, including:
Your Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is a leader in improving the health and well-being of your community. The roles performed by health departments in communities throughout the United States are:
Protecting you from health threats, the everyday and the exceptional. Your Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness guards multiple fronts to defend you from any health threat, regardless of the source, and works tirelessly to prevent disease outbreaks. Your health department makes sure the tap water you drink, the restaurant food you eat and the air you breathe are all safe. It's ready to respond to any health emergency--be it bioterrorism, SARS, West Nile Virus or an environmental hazard.
Educating you and your neighbors about health issues. Your Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness gives you information that allows you to make healthy decisions every day, like exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking or simply washing your hands to keep from spreading illness. They provide this information through public forums in your community, public service announcements in the media, programs in schools, health education in homes and clinics, and detailed Web sites. During a public health emergency, your health department provides important alerts and warnings to protect your health.
Providing healthy solutions for everyone. Your Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers the preventive care you need to avoid chronic disease and to help maintain your health. It provides flu shots for the elderly and helps mothers obtain prenatal care that gives their babies a healthy start. Your health department also helps provide children with dental care, immunizations, and good nutrition to help them grow and learn.
Advancing community health. Your Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness plays a vital role in developing new policies and standards that address existing and emerging challenges to your community's health while enforcing a range of laws intended to keep you safe. Your Louisville Metro Health Department is constantly working--through research and rigorous staff training--to maintain its unique expertise and deliver up-to-date, cutting-edge health programs.
Local health departments are as necessary as police, firefighters and medical personnel to respond to emergencies and protect community health and safety.
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is a government agency operating under the direction of the Mayor and the Louisville Metro Council. A twelve-member Board of Health appointed by the mayor provides advice and citizen input.
Our programs and services are provided from the Department's administrative headquarters at 400 E. Gray Street as well as from 19 satellite and Neighborhood Place sites throughout the community. The department has an annual budget of approximately $24,000,000; 33% of which comes from the federal government, 15% from state government, 16% from agency fees; and 36% from metro government.
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