Health Department

Communicable Disease
Disease Information for the PublicHealth Care Provider Resources
ImmunizationsPreparing for Disasters and Pandemics
School and Child Care Resources

Environmental Health
Animal Bites and Rabies Beach Water Testing
Drinking Water Lead Program
Inspection Program Medication Disposal
Mold Pest Control
Radon Rental Housing
West Nile Virus

Safe and Healthy Living
Breastfeeding Car seat safety
Get Moving Washington County Healthy People Project
Injury Prevention Coalition Nutrition and Physical Activity
Maternal and Children's Health WIC
Wisconsin Well Woman Program Women's Breast Health

Reaching the Health Department

  • We are located in the Washington County Public Agency Center. [Directions] See contact information on the right side of this page
  • For emergencies outside of regular hours, call 262-335-4462 and follow menu instructions. We are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays
  • General fax: 262-335-4463; Confidential fax: 262-335-4705 (monitored during regular hours only)

Our Services
All services are free of charge to Washington County residents, unless otherwise specified.

Walk-in Services

Our walk-in hours are 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:30 pm.

  • Head lice checks
  • Tuberculosis skin testing: Mondays and Tuesdays only; $15.00 per test. A return visit is required 48-72 hours later for the test to be read and considered valid.
By Appointment Only
Appointment times vary depending on service. Call 262-335-4462 for appointment.
  • Temporary health insurance for eligible women
  • Car seat checks
  • Immunizations for eligible children up to their 19th birthday (see Immunizations page for eligibility requirements)
  • WIC services
  • Wisconsin Well Woman cancer screening
General Office Services
Help with these items any time the office is open (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30)
  • Radon test kits (supply is limited)
  • Licensed facility applications or complaint forms; for restaurants, campgrounds, lodging or body art establishments

The Washington County Health Department does not perform inspections for mold, nor do we handle landlord-tenant disputes.

What is Public Health? - YouTube video series

Health Department Information and Reports
Annual Reports
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Press Releases
Strategic Plans
2011-2015 2006-2010 2001-2005

Health Department Governance
Director and Health Officer: Kirsten Johnson

Governing Liaison Committee: Washington County Board of Health

The Washington County Board of Health and Health Officer responsibilities are specified in Wisconsin Public Health Statutes 250 through 254, Department of Health Services Administrative Code and Washington County Code 6.04.

The Washington County Health department is a Level II health department. Chapter 251 of Wisconsin Statutes designates the requirements for three levels of health departments. Level I health departments are responsible for providing the following minimal services:
  • Surveillance, investigation, control and prevention of communicable diseases
  • Other disease and injury prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Human health hazard control
  • Generalized public health nursing services including community health assessment
The Level II designation requires additional health officer requirements and at least 7 additional services or programs beyond those necessary for a Level I that address at least 5 health priorities from the current 10-year state health plan. The Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 priorities include:
  • Adequate, appropriate and safe food and nutrition
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Communicable disease prevention and control
  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Healthy growth and development
  • Injury and violence
  • Mental health
  • Oral health
  • Physical activity
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Tobacco use and exposure
Level III health departments and health officers meet additional requirements.
Wisconsin Statute 251.05(3) directs local health departments to regularly and systematically collect, assemble, analyze and make available information on the health status of the community.
2015 Community Health Assessment (pdf)
Community Health Assessment (CHA) Data
Telephone surveys conducted for the purpose of assessment of the health status of Washington County residents and their perceptions of the community's priority issues.
Summarized Community Health Data and Presentations
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
2002 2001
Washington County Community Health Survey Reports
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Hospital System Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategies
Aurora Medical Center of
Washington County
Froedtert & MCW Community
Memorial Hospital
Froedtert & MCW St. Joseph's
2013 CHNA and
2014 Implementation Strategy
2011 CHNA
2013-2015 Implementation Strategy
2011 CHNA
2013-2015 Implementation Strategy
Hospital System Community Benefits Reports and Fact Sheets
Aurora Medical Center of
Washington County
Froedtert & MCW Community
Memorial Hospital
Froedtert & MCW St. Joseph's
2013 Community Benefits Report
2012 Community Benefits Report
2011 Community Benefits Plan
2013 Community Benefits Report
2012 Community Benefits Report
2013 Community Benefits Report
2013 Community Benefits Fact
Sheet(CMH & St Josephs)

Wisconsin County Health Rankings
County Health Rankings compare the 72 counties in Wisconsin to each other and ranks them by health outcomes and health factors. The health determinant model is the basis for this annual document. Starting in 2010 this document was produced for each of the 50 states by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
2014 2013 2012 2011 2009-10 2008 2007 2006 2005

Washington County Health Snapshots
County Health Snapshots are 1-2 page summaries of the County Health Rankings document by jurisdiction.
2014 2013 2012 2011 2009-10 2008 2007 2006 2005

Environmental Health Assessments
Local measurement data plus the original state report for key indicators that correlate to determinants of health, from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Environmental Public Health Tracking website.
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

State and Federal Health Documents
CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report --
United States, 2013 - (pdf summary)
Full CDC Report
State Health Plan brochure(Healthiest Wisconsin 2020)
Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan
2010 State Health Plan Document [258pp; 3.81MB]
Wisconsin Public Health Council in support of:
Aligning Policies and Systems for Better Health
Farm-to-School Initiatives Early Care & Education Standards

Health Counts in Wisconsin: Behavioral Risk Factors
2010 Behavioral Risk Factors Survey 2009-1998 Behavioral Risk Factors Surveys
Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the U.S. (MMWR, July 09)

Turning Information and Ideas into Plan and Actions
After collecting and analyzing the data about the community's health, that knowledged is used to address our most pressing local public health problems.

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): Healthiest Washington County
Plan Documents
2011-2015 CHIP 2013 HPPWC- Strategic Plan 2010 HPPWC- Strategic Plan 2006-2010 2001-2005
Progress Brochures/Dashboards
2011 2010 2009 2008 20072006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Evidence of Actions
Bounty from Community Garden Shared with Germantown Senior Center
2013 Achievement Highlights for Healthy People Project
Healthy Community Fund Awards $231K
Kewaskum Elementary Finds New Way to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables
Healthy People Hike the Ice Age Trail
Adding Zing to School Lunches in Hartford
HPP Grant Helps Establish Garden at Kewaskum High School
Get Moving Washington County website
School District of Hartford Receives Farm-to-School Grant
Community Garden in Germantown a Collaboration Success
Success Story: Safe routes to school in place at Decorah Elementary
Safe Routes to School a Success at Green Tree
2012 Achievement Highlights for Healthy People Project
Healthy Community Fund doles out $220K
Decorah students celebrate walk to school to promote healthy lifestyle
Safe Routes to School Pilot Project at Decorah Elementary School
Two Coalitions Get $45,000 for Safe School Routes
County Still a Healthy Place to Live

Health Department Press Releases
Communicable Disease
10/17/2014Washington County Prepares for Ebola
Environmental Health
08/25/2015 Crow Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
12/16/2014 Washington & Ozaukee Offering Free Radon Test Kits
11/18/2014 Free Radon Test Kits Available Now
01/02/2014 January is National Radon Action Month
06/20/2013 First Bird in Wisconsin Tests Positive for West Nile Virus This Year
Safe and Healthy Living
06/01/2015 June 11 is Heat Awareness Day: Preventing Heat-Related Illness
04/30/2015 Health Department Receives Grant to Increase Breast Cancer Screenings
08/01/2014 Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition Receives Award
06/09/2014 June 12 is Heat Awareness Day: Preventing Heat-Related Illness
05/27/2014 Community Health Survey to be Conducted
10/04/2013 Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding: The Protection Under Our Noses
07/30/2013 World Breastfeeding Week, 2013
06/03/2013 Heat Awareness Day - June 13, 2013
06/03/2013 Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car
04/01/2013 Public Health is a positive return on investment (National Public Health Week, April 1-7)
03/20/2013 Washington Among Wisconsin's Healthiest Counties


Cold Relief Shelters in Washington County

Winter Safety Tips
Helpful information and advice for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics

From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
About Winter Weather
Winter Weather
Cleaning up Safely after a Winter Storm
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Winter Weather Safety and Awareness (PDF)
A brochure about wind chill, frostbite and hypothermia from the U.S. National Weather Service

Effects of Cold Weather When Driving
From the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation

Advisory against eating raw ground beef (steak tartare)
Carbon Monoxide Threat Grows in Winter -- New law requires carbon monoxide detectors in dwellings
FDA Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season
Radon Mitigation and Radon-Resistant New Contruction [PDF slide show, 2606 KB]