The Caldwell County Health Department started as a demonstration unit in 1976. The main services offered were children's immunizations and public health home visits. In 1977 the taxpayers voted to support the health department with their tax dollars. Although the principal role of public health has remained the same, to prevent the spread of disease and protect the citizens of Caldwell County, its focus has expanded with the years. We are now in our 43rd year and face challenges such as new diseases, infections, and bio-terrorism threats. Local health agencies are autonomous and operate independently but are connected with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services through contracts. MDHSS receives funds through the state, CDC, and other federal agencies and distributes them to local agencies. We have a Board of Trustees that are responsible for governing our local health department. The elected members of the board are Mark Kipping, Heather Miller, Lana Crawford, Bob Guffey, and Valerie Gilmer. Our health department's goal continues to be: to prevent disease, promote health and protect the citizens of our county.