Clinton County Board of Health Philosophy

The Clinton County Board of Health subscribes to the concept defined by the World Health Organization as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well being andnot merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainablestandard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".

The Board further believes that the Public Health is "an organized community effort aimed at the prevention of disease and promotion of health" as defined in The Future of Public Health. To this end, the Board commits the Clinton County Health Department to provide a high quality of health care essential to the improvement of physical, mental, environmental and social conditions in the community.

The Board of Health subscribes to the concept that Public Health Services:

  1. are a basic human right
  2. must be available, accessible, and coordinated with other human services
  3. are planned so that care is continuous throughout the system of health care
  4. are provided in the most cost effective way possible

The Board of Health believes that a knowledge of the Health Department's programs and related community programs is essential so that the Board member can have insight into present community health needs as well as needs of the future.

The Board of Health believes:

  1. each member should contribute according to the individual's talents and expertise
  2. a productive Board meeting requires the participation of each Board member for the benefit of the community
  3. responsibility for Board action is shared equally

The Board believes its members should monitor and evaluate the functions and the purposes of the Health Department to ensure that:

  1. services to the community are at the highest quality
  2. community health needs are being met
  3. available resources are being utilized
  4. services dictated by County, State, and Federal laws, rules and regulations are available