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The health department works to protect and serve the community by:
• Safeguarding community health and safety through swift response to illness outbreaks.
• Identifying urgent and everyday health problems.
• Assessing health problems and promoting wellness by fostering community health initiatives.
• Collaborating with community partners to protect health and control the costs associated with health problems.
Partridge has been director since 2007. Previously, he was associate director with the Reno County Health Department.
Douglas County has dropped to the eighth healthiest county in Kansas, according to a study released late Tuesday. Riley County ranked first.