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We’re pleased to serve the public health needs of Ashland County, Ohio’s businesses, families and individuals, and the community at-large. Choose a category below to access resources, forms, and service information available through the Ashland County Health Department.

Animal Bites & Rabies

Rabies is a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system. It is most commonly found in wildlife (skunks, bats, racoons, coyotes, and foxes), but pets, especially unvaccinated pets, can get rabies from infected wildlife.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not a known health risk as they do not spread disease.

Birth and Death Records

We provide same day certified birth certificate copies for all Ohio counties, and certified death certificate copies for individuals who died in Ashland County. Birth and Death records are available from 1908 to the present.


The sanitarians, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health, review plans for, license, and inspect all campground and public swimming pools. 

Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)

Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) is an Ohio Department of Health (ODH) program. Our public health nurses provide local CMH services, including assistance with the application and ongoing support and coordination of care for participating families. CMH offers financial support for certain healthcare services related to the CMH eligible diagnosis.

Communicable Diseases

Our epidemiologist is responsible for the prevention and control of infectious disease in the community. Protection of public health is accomplished through active case identification, assessment, data collection, public education, and referral to community health partners.


CPR and AED Training

Emergency Preparedness

It’s important for you and your family to make a family disaster plan because emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. Ashland County residents are most likely to be impacted by severe storms, high winds, winter weather, floods, and tornados.


Fleas are small insects that survive by feeding on animal or human blood. Their bites can cause discomfort, itchiness, and irritation.

Food Safety/Restaurant Inspections

One of the responsibilities of the Food Safety program is to investigate reports of foodborne illnesses and to reduce the potential for future foodborne disease outbreaks. We also provide education and resources to food establishments

Head Lice

Lice is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. They can also be found in the bedding or clothing of infested persons. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Because head lice are not known to spread disease, management and treatment of head lice does not fall under our scope of services.

Health Screenings

The screenings listed below are offered to individuals over the age of 18. Please note that these screenings are not intended to diagnose any medical condition. It is the individual’s responsibility to seek the advice of a medical provider when abnormal results are identified through these screenings.


We offer childhood, adolescent, and adult vaccination services at our office and through our Mobile Clinic. We will also administer vaccinations in the home for those who are homebound. To schedule an appointment for any of these options, please call 419-282-4357.

Lead Hazard

Lead poisoning is invisible and 100% preventable. Lead poisoning can cause serious, permanent damage to children, pregnant women, and adults. Learning problems, lowered attention span, slow growth, hearing loss, and hyperactivity can last a lifetime.

MHP’s – Manufactured Home Parks

The sanitarians, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health, review plans for, license, and inspect all manufactured home parks.

Mobile Clinic

Our Mobile Clinic brings immunization services to the underserved populations in Ashland County.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are fungi that grow on, and sometimes within, surfaces. Both can cause discoloration and odor problems, deteriorate building materials, ruin heirlooms, and lead to health problems such as asthma episodes and allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.

Mosquitoes and Ticks

Mosquitoes and ticks are bloodsucking insects known as vectors. They can transmit pathogens between humans, or from animals to humans. These pathogens cause disease. Once a vector becomes infectious, they can transmit the pathogen to every host they feed on for the rest of their life.

Nuisance Complaint

We perform complaint inspections for public health nuisances.

Private Water Systems

Ashland County residents who are not connected to the public water supply may use a private water system (PWS) on their property. Source water from private water systems may come from wells, cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, ponds, or springs.

Project Dawn

Project DAWN is an opioid overdose education and Narcan distribution program. Narcan is the brand name for the medicine naloxone, which rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Public Swimming Pools and Spas

The sanitarians, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health, review plans for, license, and inspect all public swimming pools. 

Sewage Treatment Systems

The Household Sewage Treatment System Program assures all new or replacement household sewage treatment systems are installed under permit and in accordance with local and state requirements.

Tattoo / Body Piercing

Our sanitarians inspect tattoo and body piercing establishments to ensure safety and sanitation standards are being met.

TB Testing

TB is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs, but can also attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain. Because not everyone infected with TB becomes sick, there are two TB-related conditions: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease.

Tire Program

Proper tire storage protects public health, minimizes fire hazards, and helps to ensure that the scrap tires do not create a nuisance.