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Health Department
The services offered at the City of St. Joseph Health Department are confidential and free of charge unless otherwise noted. At the health department, we believe that growing up is a life-long adventure. Our goal is to provide services and information to help our community stay healthy and grow up happy.

We aim to prevent illness, improve and protect the well being of our citizens, and encourage healthy behavior through proactive measures.

Health department services are available to everyone in our community.


The department also ensures public health preparedness and establishes the capacity to respond effectively to public health threats and other emergencies through its emergency planning and preparedness division. Their efforts focus on assessment and planning, surveillance and epidemiological capacity, laboratory capacity, communications, information technology, risk communication, and education and training. 

Smoke-Free Ordinance - Passed April 8, 2014

Voters passed the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Workplaces and Public Places Ordinance on April 8, 2014. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect on June 7, 2014. Information is being developed to help residents and businesses understand how this change will affect them, and will be added to this page as becomes available. For more information on this issue or to schedule a site visit to your business, please email the health department or call 816-271-4636. 

Smoke-Free Ordinance
Letter to Businesses
Frequently Asked Questions
4 Things to Know About Outside Smoking
Smoking Ordinance Amended June 9, 2014
Amendment to Smoke Free Ordinance

The City of St. Joseph Health Department 2013 Annual Report