Mary Alice Reporting:

(Thursday, January 4th) Dover, Ohio – A local health department has reached their centennial anniversary of serving the Tuscarawas County community.

2019 is a special year for the County Health Department, which was established in 1919, as they look back on 100 years.

Health Commissioner Katie Seward explains that most health departments throughout Ohio were created in the 1918’s and 1919’s.

“This was really a response that came after the influenza epidemic and that’s when the state said, we really need to have some local response from preventing something like this from happening again.”

Due to over 2,100 health districts being created at that time, the state stepped in and created restrictions through laws and acts.

Seward points out that it’s an exciting time not only for the centennial celebration but for many quality improvement transitions taking place at the health department.

“We’re looking to do some exciting things in 2019, [such as] bringing something called Guard Care, hopefully becoming a nationally accredited health department, and maybe even looking at restructuring some of our programmings to better meet the response of the community health improvement plan.”

Community events in honor of the Tuscarawas Health Department’s anniversary are still in the works.

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