In 1968 a public health office was established in Ozark, Missouri, under the auspices of the Ozarks Area Community Action Agency Corporation, with funding shared by the federal government and the Missouri Department of Health.
Two years later the Christian County Health Department (CCHD) was created by a vote of the residents of the county, in accordance with Sections 205.010 to 205.150 Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended by House Bill No. 1069 of the 81st General Assembly. The statute allows counties to establish and maintain a public health center, supported by a local tax.
The Christian County Health Department is governed by a five member Board of Trustees elected in a non-partisan election. Elected members serve a four-year term.
The CCHD receives approximately one-fourth of its funding from county property taxes. The balance of funds comes from contracts, fees for services and donations.
The department's mission statement reads:
“The Christian County Health Department serves and protects the county citizens by promoting healthy behaviors, increasing understanding of health issues and improving the quality of the environment. This is accomplished by assessment, planning, and assurance activities provided in a caring, confidential and cost effective atmosphere.”
The department offers a variety of programs to serve the needs of Christian County residents, including:
- Communicable disease control
- Environmental services
- Family planning
- Sexually transmitted disease screening, treatment, and education
- Sports physicals
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program
- Lead screening