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About Us

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Portage County Health and Human Services promote the health, safety, and well being of Portage County residents.

The Division of Public Health fulfills this mission by assessing the health of Portage County, and responding with programs and policies that optimize the well-being of the community.


Community Leadership

We are dedicated to providing progressive leadership and the highest quality of services to the community.

Respect for Individual’s Self Determination

We believe all residents have the right to pursue their highest potential for social, mental, financial, and physical health.  We encourage and support a shared responsibility between the agency and the individual in this pursuit.

Collaboration and Coordination of Services

We are dedicated to creating an integrated delivery of services by working in partnership with our clients and all available resources.


Integrity.  We are committed to honesty, fairness, professionalism, and accountability.  We provide services respectfully and with impartiality.

Relationships.  We honor one another's contributions with mutual respect and civility, recognizing individual knowledge and skills.  in all relationships, we encourage active collaboration to achieve common goals.

Excellence.  We achieve and maintain quality outcomes through continuous performance improvement and learning.  We use current science-based evidence to guide our work.

Strategic Planning Goals

Goal #1:  Increase community awareness and understanding of public health services and the Division of Public Health.

Goal #2:  Promote workforce development and capacity.

Goal #3:  Increase stakeholder communication and collaboration.

Goal #4:  Attain national accreditation via the Public Health Accreditation Board maintaining standards and objectives.