Douglas County Health Department
Valerie Reese, Administrator


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603 NW 12th Ave.
P.O. Box 940
Ava, MO 65608-0940
417/683-4213 or 4174

8:00-12:00; 12:30-4:30


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Governing Body: Board Advisory Board: YesMill Tax Rate:$ 0.2072
Ordinances: Seatbelts, Keg Ordinance, Open Container, Illegal Dumping
Primary Focus: Protecting and promoting the health of county residents by assessing their health status and needs; by developing policies and priorities, and assuring appropriate county response, thus ultimately improving health as measured by reduced communicable disea
Board Chair:
Verlin Rogers
Rt 1, Box 94
Mtn. Grove, MO 65711
County Commissioner:
Larry Pueppke

Services Offered:
ATV Safety Education sponsored by MCH
Car Seat Safety Education sponsored by MCH
Case Management (high-risk prenatal)
Child Abuse and Neglect Education
Chronic Disease Prevention through Education (walking clubs, field day events)
Chronic Disease Prevention through Screenings (blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index)
Communicable Disease Prevention
Delta Rural Health Outreach Program
Early Childhood Asthma Initiative
Environmental Services (water testing, sanitation)
Immunization and Influenza Clinics
Local Emergency Response Preparedness Education & Planning
Parent Resource Library
Public Health Clinics
Public Speakers Bureau
Safe Cribs Program
School Health Wellness Programs
Screenings and Referrals (STD & TB)
Tobacco Cessation and Prevention
Vital Records (Birth and Death Certificates)
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Contracts with DHSS:
Child Care Health and Safety Consultation
Child Care Inspection
Core Public Health Functions
Maternal and Child Health (MCH)
Regional Public Health Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Vital Records
Multi-county Agreements Relating to Public Health: Mutual Aid Agreement in Public Health Emergency with Wright County Health Department, Ozark County Health Department and Missouri Ozarks Community Health Clinic. Regional Public Health Emergency Planning and Preparedness Collaborative Agreement with Texa
Total Revenue (2012): $637,418.00 Local Contribution (2012): $291,077.00
# of Licensed Child Care Facilities: 4 Capacity: 106
# of Hospitals: 0Population as of 7/01/11: 13,548
# of RHCs: 0# of FQHCs: 1
Ratio of Physicians Per Population: 1:2222 Ratio of RNs Per Population: 1:205
MO HealthNet Managed Care (Fee for Service or Capitated Rate): Fee for Service

Updated 4/1/2014