Creation of Dallas County Health Department
The Board of Health Department of Dallas County, Missouri was created by vote of the people of Dallas County, Missouri in accordance with Sections 205.010 to 205.150 revised statues of Missouri, 1953
The first board was appointed and the doors opened in January 1954.
Although the principal role of public health has remained the same, its focus has changed over the years. Early in the 20th century, public health efforts were primarily directed to disease prevention. Environmental safeguards, such as assuring the safety of drinking
water and sanitary disposal of sewage, along with the development of vaccines and provision of immunizations, greatly reduced disease incidence and increased life expectancy. Public health focuses more closely on its principal roles of protecting the public and promoting health.
We have a County Mill Tax is set at 0.1005 that is assessed on property,
We receive grants can be Federal/State/Private funds
Specific programs are funded by grants and have a very specific way funds are spent. Some services have fees because no other funding is available and donations are accepted in monetary form
Most local public health agencies were formed under Chapter 205, Revised Statutes
of Missouri (RSMo), which permits the counties to pass a property tax measure to
support local public health. These public health agencies have an elected Board of
Trustees who set policy for their agencies. Locally elected bodies such as county
commissions, city or county councils govern the majority of the remaining local
public health agencies. Local public health agencies are autonomous and operate independently of each other and of the state and federal public health agencies. Current Board Members are Annie Durrington, Matt Hale, Andrew Mead, Teresa Melton, Kami Miller