About Us

Contact us at 541-889-7279 to make an appointment or to learn more about our services. For after-hours public health reporting, please call Malheur County Dispatch at 541-473-5125. For Peer Support, call 541-709-8539. For emergencies, call 911.

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What is Public Health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food.

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems. Learn more from the American Public Health Association at apha.org.


Our mission is promoting and protecting the health of our community through collaboration, education, prevention and delivery of compassionate care.

Core Values

Our core values are: Family, Integrity & Love

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

Learn more about Public Health

Contact Sarah Poe at sarah.poe@malheurco.org to schedule a Public Health 101 presentation for your organization. Learn more about Public Health from CDC Grand Rounds On Demand webcasts and the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

Interpreter Services Available

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English – Language and other communication assistance is available for WIC/Health Department Services at no charge.
Spanish – Ayuda con el idioma y otro tipo de asistencia de comunicacion esta disponible para WIC y los servicios del departemento de salud sin cargo.
Somali -Luqada iyo gargaaarka isgaarsiinta kale waxaa laga heli karaa adeegyada WIC/waaxda caafimaadka lacag la’aan.
Arabic – اللغة ووسائل الاتصال المساعدة متوفرة في قسم الخدمات الصحية / WIC مجانا.

LGBTQIA+ Welcome

Find out more about services for LGBTQIA+ HERE.

Equity for Common Good

We are a member of Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon.