Polk County Health Department

Mission: To create the conditions for all people to live healthy lives by engaging residents, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of our most vulnerable families.

Vision: To be a leader in encouraging everyone to take responsibility for improving their own health and building the kind of society that supports and enables all of us to live healthy lives.


  • Prevent disease outbreaks and epidemics
  • Prepare for and respond to disasters
  • Ensure access to key health services
  • Promote and encourage the establishment of healthy habits
  • Protect against environmental hazards
  • Lead a strong local public health system
  • Learn what really matters to people