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  • Polk County Public Health strives to increase the health and well-being of the community through prevention based services.  We envision Polk county with healthy people living in a healthy community achieved through prevention and early intervention.


  • Polk County Public Health is excited to partner with Family Building Blocks, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Willamette ESD and other in home service agencies in the Polk Partners Home Visiting Network.

  • Public Health Staff Recognized for
    Life Saving Actions!

    On Tuesday, May 13, the Public Health staff jumped into action when one of their own went into cardiac arrest.  Immediately, staff members called for a nurse, called 911, and began CPR. Thanks to their valiant efforts, the staff member survived. Emergency Medical Services and Dallas Police arrived on the scene and rushed her to Salem Hospital where she is still recovering.

  • PORTLAND, Ore. Polk County, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, launched a new statewide campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening among Oregonians over the age of 50. Guided by a research finding that people are much more likely to get screened if they are encouraged by someone they know and trust, the campaign takes an innovative approach by empowering already screened men and women to serve as champions, and to encourage people they know to get screened.

  • Incidences of pertussis in Polk County has decreased over the last few months, however, there are still cases in the area.

  • In the past few weeks, flu cases have been on the rise in Oregon, but officials say flu activity remains at a moderate level across the state.  Since October 1, 2012, there have been 65 hospitalizations in the Portland metro area, of which 46% have been elderly.  While the current rate of flu activity has been increasing, it remains well below the rate seen during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.

  • Public Health Alerts and Notices
    Date Alert/Notice
    June 2013 Hepatitis A Outbreak
    September 2012 West Nile Virus Prevention & Education