About Us

Public Health: Better Health, Better Missouri

About Us

Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) is a not-for-profit (501c-3) public health department based in Mexico, Missouri. ACHD proudly and diligently serves the residents of Audrain County and remains committed to addressing their public health needs. As a government-based public health department, ACHD exists under RSMO §205.010-115, County Health and Welfare Programs, providing numerous, multi-faceted public health programs for the Audrain County community.

Our History

Public Health in Audrain County has a long and important history. In April 1961, the citizens of Audrain County formed the Audrain City-County Health Unit (ACCHU). ACCHU existed as a result of a cooperative agreement consisting of support provided by the Audrain County Commission, Audrain Medical Center, the City of Mexico, and the City of Vandalia under §70.210 to of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri (RSMO).

The Compact Agreement allowed for the establishment of the City-County Health Unit of Audrain County (dba) the Audrain City-County Health Unit. ACCHU began operations in April 1961 with a public health nurse, environmental sanitarian, and a part-time clerk typist. A local book, “The Friend of Audrain – A History of Medicine in Audrain County”, by Leta Hodge, ©1985 includes some interesting information about mid-1800’s Public Health in Audrain County.

In November 2011, the citizens of Audrain County voted and passed a ballot measure establishing a new form of governance for Public Health. This measure allowed for the formation of the Audrain County Health Center (dba) the Audrain County Health Department under §§ 205.010 to 205.115 of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri (RSMO). The Audrain County Health Department officially began operations January 1, 2013 and exists under an elected Board of Health.

ACHD continually assesses the health status, health outcomes, resources, and unmet health needs of county residents. In addition to basic public health services and environmental public health programs related to food safety and sanitation, lodging, daycare inspections, and on-site sewage system permitting, ACHD offers numerous programs and services focused on preventing disease, promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting public health in Audrain County.