Health of Delaware County
Written by: Traci Whittaker
The mission of the Delaware County Health District is to foster, protect and improve the health and the environment of our residents and our communities throughout Delaware County, Ohio. Much like Evans Farm’s vision, several Health District public health programs and initiatives are helping residents sustain a healthy environment, through education and enforcement.
Some of those programs include our Keep Delaware County Beautiful program, Creating Healthy Communities and by the work of our registered sanitarians in our Environmental Health Division. These programs will benefit the residents of Evans Farm, as part of Delaware County.
The Delaware County Health District heads up a variety of active coalitions, including Keep Delaware County Beautiful (KDCB), which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. The KDCB Coalition provides recycling and litter prevention activities and environmental education programs to residents and businesses of Delaware County.
KDCB also works with the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District to provide special waste disposal information and coordinates the recycling drop-off locations throughout the county. The program also coordinates a variety of beatification activities such as annual river clean-up events, picking up roadway litter and planting a variety of beneficial plants and trees. KDCB is always seeking volunteers to help keep Delaware County beautiful!
In 2014, the Delaware County Health District was able to secure funding through the Ohio Department of Health for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program. The five-year award, which totals $95,000 each year, is being used in the county to support and promote healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free environments.
Nearly 7 in 10 Ohio adults have a chronic disease or condition, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity. For this reason, the Health District aims to strengthen our communities and improve health outcomes by increasing access to local farmers’ markets and community gardens, assessing and implementing safer routes to school and increasing the number of tobacco-free policies for public spaces.
In addition, our Environment Health division is a vital resource to those who own or rent a home in Delaware County. Our staff works to decrease the chance for disease transmission through our water supply, from vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks and from animal bites. This unit is dedicated to educating, promoting and using enforcement if necessary to provide the healthiest environment for our residents. Thankfully, the past century has provided great advancements in public health, including properly treating home sewage, providing safe drinking water and protecting the public from vector-borne disease transmission.
The Keep Delaware County Beautiful program coordinates the recycling drop-off locations in both Orange and Berlin Townships on behalf of the DKMM Solid Waste along with helping coordinate curbside recycling in both those township communities.
In an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, our mosquito control program has two types of mosquito traps located in both Orange and Berlin Townships. Those traps include a Biogents trap designed to trap the mosquito that carries Zika virus and a West Nile trap designed to trap mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. Subsequently, the mosquitoes within those traps are taken to the lab for routine testing.
If you would like to know more about these programs or how to volunteer for KDCB events, please contact Traci Whittaker at email@example.com or call 740-368-1700. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Traci Whittaker is the Public Information Officer with the Delaware County Health District.