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Job Posting-Health Commissioner

Health Commissioner – Champaign Health District: A successful candidate shall meet the qualifications set forth in the ORC 3709.11:   be a licensed physician, licensed dentist, a licensed veterinarian, licensed podiatrist, licensed chiropractor, or the holder of a master’s degree in public health or an equivalent master’s degree in a related health field and a minimum of two years of local public health experience, preferably in management. Candidate will possess effective communication skills, proven success in policy and business goal implementation, and a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of public health. Information about the position and the Champaign Health District is available by contacting Michele Carnes 937.484.1607. Please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements or mail to 1512 S US Highway 68, Suite Q100 Urbana, OH 43078.  Attention: Michele Carnes.  Initial deadline for resume submission is March 28th, 2014 but may be extended at the discretion of the Board of Health. EOE/M/F/V/D.


January is National Radon Action Month

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but when trapped in buildings, can be harmful at elevated levels. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and present in elevated levels in about 50% of area homes. The only way to know if you have an elevated level in your home is to test. Act now as winter is the best time to test for radon gas. If your home has unsafe concentrations of radon gas, it can be fixed. Coupons for free test kits may be obtained at the Health District office.


Updated Flu Shot Schedule

New hours for Flu Shots begin Monday, November 25 and run through the end of December 2013

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday-BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Fridays-WALK INS (no appointment necessary) from 8:30am-3:30pm

Cost is $20 for Adults and $8 for kids thru age 18.

Cash, Check and Most Health Insurances Accepted.

It is recommended that all ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot.

Please contact the Health District at 937-484-1605 if you have any questions.


Job Posting

A part-time position is available for a WIC Health Professional beginning immediately. Qualifications for the position are: Registered/Licensed Dietician or State of Ohio Registered Nurse, Dietetic Technician Registered, Dietetic Technician; two years public health or related experience, and a valid Ohio driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.  The salary range is $13.46 to $17.66 dependent upon qualifications and experience. All interested applicants may submit their resume to Michele Carnes via e-mail to or to 1512 S US Highway 68, Suite Q100 Urbana OH 43078. The Champaign Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Health District Offices Closed on 9-27-13

The offices of the Champaign Health District will be closed on Friday September 27, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The Champaign Health District will be holding a First Responder Flu Clinic to test our Emergency Response Plans.

Part of this test will determine how many people we can vaccinate per hour in an event of an emergency.

Team members of the Health District as well as Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers will be participating in this exercise.


Job Posting-Director of Nursing

Full-time position for Nursing Director: State of Ohio Registered Nurse and Associates, Diploma in Nursing required; Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing preferred; four year’s public health or nursing related  experience and education .   All interested applicant may mail their resume to The Champaign Health District, Attn: Michele Carnes, 1512 S. US Highway 68, Suite Q100 Urbana, OH 43078 or email Deadline for applications is September 9, 2013 

The Champaign Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Change of Office Hours as of June 1, 2013

Effective June 1, 2013 the Champaign Health District's office hours are:

Nursing, WIC, Immunizations and BCMH-8am-4pm Monday through Friday

Late night WIC and Immunization Clinics-4pm-7pm every first and third Thursday (by appointment only)

Environmental Health Division-8am-5pm Monday through Friday

Vital Statistics Division-8am-5pm Monday through Friday



Flu Vaccination

The Champaign Health District is currently offering flu vaccine. Clinics are on Mondays and Fridays from 8 AM- 3:30 PM. Please call ahead for appointment. Click here for other local health districts giving vaccinations.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

The cash price for a flu shot will be $20.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 6 months through 18 years of age. The health district will be using VaxCare again this year as the supplier and billing partner for the influenza vaccinations. Most health insurances will be accepted. The non-health insurance price will be $20.00 per shot; if you choose to use your health insurance to pay for your shot and the vaccine is not a covered service, you will receive a bill from VaxCare for the amount of the vaccine billed to your insurance which may be different than the non-insurance price. Medicare, Medicaid, CareSource, Molina, and Amerigroup will be accepted.


What is Public Health?

There is a song that says "A picture is worth a thousand words" so I thought I would share an infographic that the American Public Health Association developed to share with America what public health is - click here to few the graphic.

The Champaign Health District is charged with meeting the public health needs of all residents of Champaign County.  In order to determine whether or not we are meeting these needs, we assess the services and/or programs that we provide based on the Essential Public Health Services as developed by the CDC to describe the public health activities that should be undertaken in all communities. The following list of the ten essential services is followed by the program and/or service that the Champaign Health District undertakes to meet the standard and assure quality public health services to Champaign County Residents.

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.

        Determine and monitor water quality, Immunizations, HIV testing and counseling, Food-borne illness investigations, Bio-emergency preparation and coordination, Screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, Community health needs assessment, Child lead-poisoning surveillance

Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

        Epidemiology, Tuberculosis screening and case management, Investigation and evaluation of nuisance complaints

Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

Health education and promotion, WIC educational programs

Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

Bio-emergency regional collaborations, Community partnerships with law enforcement, social service

agencies, private providers, and EMA, Collaboration with WIC, Public health nursing, Advocate for

emergency needs of special/functional needs  population

Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

Board of Health rules/regulations, Monitor, inspect, and register contractors and providers of

Environmental Health programs, Community health planning, Strategic and performance planning,

Establishment of procedures to deal with contaminated or high risk sites

Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

Hazardous materials and site inspections for safe disposal, Professional licensure and regulation,

Food inspections, Tattoo inspections, Enforcement of local and state ordinances

Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.

Case management for tuberculosis and Children with Medical Handicaps, Newborn home visits, WIC,

Health education and promotion

Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

Food service worker safety courses, Regional bio-emergency meetings, Performance evaluation,

Continuing education for professional staff

Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

Data management, Quality improvement, Community health needs assessment

Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Community health needs assessment, Bio-emergency surveillance and data collection, Customer

satisfaction surveys, Study of best practices in public health



Event Hosted By:

Champaign Health District, Champaign County EMA,

Champaign County Sheriff’s Department,  Champaign County 911 Dispatch

Urbana Fire Department, Urbana City Police Department

On Saturday, September 29th from 9AM– Noon at the Urbana Fire Department, each participating agency will have activities and information for all ages such as car seat checks,  Ident- A- Kid, and a   demonstration of SMART Jugs with one per family provided. In addition, the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) volunteers will be available to answer questions and recruit new volunteers.