Health Department

The Health Department is responsible for the health and safety of the community.

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Public Health plays a key role in enriching the quality of life throughout society even though the average resident isn't knowledgeable about public health. Public health is credited with adding 25 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States during the 20th century. Public health makes life better for all of us, by helping to protect our nation's health and safety, by providing credible information to enhance decision making, and through the continued creation of partnerships with local communities and organizations to promote good health. Thanks to public health we have come a long way since 1900 when life expectancy was 45 years and since 1913 when childbirth was the second leading cause of death (after tuberculosis) for reproductive age women.

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DOH Mission Statement and 10 Essential Functions of Public Health

Latest Health News

National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2015
As designated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the week of May 17-May 23 marks National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
Press release | Department of Health and Hospitals | 05/18/2015

Health Department Releases Report on Obesity in the City of St. Louis
The Department of Health is releasing a report on obesity rates in the City of St. Louis with data gathered from state driver’s license records.
Press release | Department of Health and Hospitals | 05/06/2015

Animal Cruelty Task Force Pursues Felony and Misdemeanor Animal Abuse Charges
Another success for Mayor Slay's Animal Cruelty Task Force
Press release | Division of Health | 04/17/2015

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Contact Information

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Phone: (314) 612-5100
Fax: (314) 612-5105

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Address:
1520 Market , Room 4051
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

To report a public health emergency outside of office hours, please call 911.

To request a City service, file a complaint/compliment, or report problems affecting the public health, call the Citizens' Service Bureau at (314) 622-4800.

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