To prevent diseases, promote good health and protect the welfare of all who live, work, and visit Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties.
We will continually evaluate, assess, and adapt our programs and policies to educate and empower all people in all stages of life to improve the quality of health in our community.
What is Public Health
Public health works to protect the health and well-being of all people, young and old, rich and poor. Because of public health, you can safely drink the water, breathe the air and eat the food. Public health has worked to eliminate disease and immunize against the previously life threatening infectious diseases. Public health works for injury prevention through safer work-places, motor vehicle safety, child safety seat programs and reduction of drug and alcohol abuse.
Since 1900, the average life span of U.S. citizens has lengthened by 30 years; 25 years of the gain are directly attributable to advances in Public Health. *CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
The communities of Auburn, Barada, Brock, Brownville, Burchard, Burr, Cook, Crab Orchard, Dawson, Douglas, Dubois, Dunbar, Elk Creek, Falls City, Howe, Humboldt, Johnson, Julian, Lewiston, Lorton, Nebraska City, Nemaha, Otoe, Palmyra, Pawnee City, Peru, Preston, Rulo, Salem, Shubert, St Mary, Steinauer, Stella, Sterling, Syracuse, Table Rock, Talmage, Tecumseh, Unadilla, and Verdon all fall within our service area.
Board of Health
The department is governed by a 13 member board with representatives from all five counties. By statute there must be a commissioner and public spirited citizen from each county. In addition each board must have a doctor and dentist as members. Meetings are held quarterly in the health department office in Auburn. Agendas are posted in the courthouses and public notices are printed in the official newspapers of the county prior to the meetings. If you have questions or concerns and are unable to attend a meeting, contact your county board member or the department.
* County Commissioners
Linda Branting Dr. Stacey Goodrich, MD Dr Ted Evans*
Marvin Bohling* Mike Speece, DVM
James Parsons* John Groathouse
Sonya Kummer, DDS
Caralyn Friedly Janice Lang*
Program Coordinator for Growing Great Kids
Public Health Nurse/Health Hub
Immunization Nurse/Growing Great Kids Nursing Support Staff