About the Health Department
GHD Vision, Mission, & Role
Greendale Health Departments Vision, Mission, & Role
What is a Local Health Department and What Do They Do? 2022
The role of the Health Department:
- Protect against environmental hazards
- Prevent epidemics and spread of disease
- Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
- Respond to disasters and assist in recovery
- Prevent injuries and protect the community
- Assure quality and access to health services
- Physical activity & nutrition
- Support innovative ideas to promote healthy aging
- Reduce youth use of alcohol and marijuana
- Reduce social addiction-related stigma
GHD is proud to be a Level 3 Local Health Department per the Wisconsin Department of Health Services since 2017. State Health Officials identified many services that excel at the Greendale Health Department such as: Radon & Lead Poisoning Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, and the Emergency Preparedness programs. The Greendale Health Department also provides a strong Community Health Improvement Plan and is committed to continue involving residents in decisions that affect the health of the whole community.
The Greendale Health Department was established in 1939 at its first location, a one-room office in the Village Hall. Cecilia Hensley R.N. was the department’s initial hire as Greendale’s first school nurse. As the population and the health needs increased, she became the first Village Nurse.
In 1941, Dr. Ralph Barnes joined the Health Department. He and Ms. Hensley started a Well Baby Clinic providing examinations, counseling, and immunizations. The staff continued to grow with the hiring of Dr. Eli Gecht, who joined the staff and became the first Health Officer in 1951, and Elaine Miller R.N. as the first Public Health Nurse Administrator in 1962.
Ms. Miller expanded the Health Department to meet the needs of a rapidly growing community through communicable disease control, immunizations, health promotion and disease prevention, maternal and child health programs, screening programs, school health and community education. Many of these programs are still in existence in some form today.