ERIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT - AGENCY DIVISIONS

Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Division is charged with the financial planning and all of the details surrounding the fiscal management of the agency including billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, payroll, human resources, logistics, facilities management, work force training, vital statistics, and various departmental programs.

Erie County Community Health Center

The Erie County Community Health Center (ECCHC) provides healthcare services to help support the needs of our community. Services are provided to individuals from birth through senior years and vary in accordance with individual need. ECCHC, recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), strives to provide convenient access to medical, dental and behavioral health care at multiple locations throughout Erie, Huron, and Ottawa Counties. The ECCHC aims to address and promote population health while providing access to care and additional resources within our community.

Public Health Nursing

The Division of Public Health Nursing provides vast nursing services in various settings throughout Erie County, including several different school districts, The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (CMH), the Erie County and Ottawa County Jails, as well as the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center. Our Public Health Nurses spend a majority of their time medically assessing, educating, providing case management, mitigating disease spread, enforcing the most up to date healthcare guidelines and making necessary referrals for the individuals they care for.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It is a USDA-funded federal assistance program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, as well as referrals to health and human service agencies. WIC provides assistance to Ohio’s medically and nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. Families participating in WIC have an increased understanding of healthy nutrition practices and are empowered to set and achieve goals that will support a lifetime of improved health and wellbeing.

Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness

The Office of Epidemiology and Surveillance is tasked with monitoring the health status of Erie County by investigating and containing emerging health issues. Epidemiology and surveillance is essential to understanding the health status of a population and planning effective prevention and response programs. The reporting of notifiable diseases to health departments is the backbone of disease surveillance, allowing both active and passive disease surveillance to occur.

Health Planning

The Division of Health Planning was established in 2022 to assess, develop, and evaluate local public health efforts. Division staff will facilitate community health assessments (CHA), develop community health improvement plans (CHIP), engage community members and key partners, and develop quality improvement metrics to optimize local outcomes.

Community Integrated Services

The Division of Community Integrated Services was created in 2022 to develop cross-divisional activities to improve the integration of services which result in improving customer experience, population health and outcomes, and operational efficiencies.

Behavioral Health

In 2017, the Division of Behavioral Health was created within the Erie County Health Department to complement its Circle of Care, which is a comprehensive continuum focused on providing all levels of mental and behavioral health services within the community. The goal is to regionalize care on a larger spectrum to increase efficiency of service delivery from participating agencies within the community.

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Division administers many programs that protect the public from injury and the spread of diseases. Risks to public health can be present in our homes, in the food and water we consume, or from uncontrolled pathogens present within our environment. Conducting public health inspections, investigating illnesses, and enforcing state and local rules are activities that occur on a daily basis within our division.

Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes was established in 2021. The primary goal for this new office is to expand our agency capacity to address deteriorated residential housing that negatively impact resident health and safety. Home repairs and construction improvements have been funded by Federal, State, and Local grants to facilitate projects that address prevalent resident health issues, such as childhood lead poisoning, asthma, lung cancer, and structural safety hazards that threaten life and safety. Unfortunately, most of these conditions are found in older, low-income family homes.