What is Environmental Health?

Ensuring a Healthy Life for All: Elbert County’s Health and Human Services Department

Elbert County's Public Health and Environment programs are housed within the Health and Human Services Department. In partnership with the State Department of Public Health and Environment and Tri-County Public Health, all required core public health programs are provided to the residents of Elbert County.

Core programs include: Administration and Governance; Assessment, Planning and Communication; Communicable Disease Prevention, Investigation and Control; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Environmental Health: Prevention and Population Health Promotion; Vital Records and Statistics.

What is Public Health?
Elbert County’s Health and Human Services department strives to protect, promote, and improve the health, environment and quality of life for all residents of Elbert County. The primary purpose of public health is to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. Most of the work is population based focusing on improving the health of the entire community and includes preventative and educational measures. Services are primarily funded by state and federal dollars and grant opportunities, in addition to permit and licensing fees.

The County’s environmental health programs focus on preventing communicable disease and environmental conditions that could be harmful to your health. Functions include protecting the community against environmental hazards and overseeing consumer protection services including health inspections at restaurants, childcare centers and public swimming pools.

How our community grows can directly affect the health of current and future generations. How we build our homes, industrial facilities, parks and streets influence air and water quality, noise, wildlife and other health factors. That’s why the department is included in land use planning and makes recommendations that include health-promoting policies in long range plans and individual development decisions.

Share your Input
Elbert County Health and Human Services invites you to join a conversation about Elbert County, your values, and public health impacts. Via an anonymous online survey, share what you think about Elbert’s community health and what needs to be improved. This input will be used to establish priorities and direction for the department’s Public Health Improvement Plan. Those who live and/or work in Elbert County are highly encouraged to participate; the survey closes on February 28, 2019.

To submit a survey response, you can fill out the online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/EC_HealthSurvey, or visit or call our office for a paper survey at 75 Ute Ave, Kiowa or 303-621-3144.