The Joplin Health Department dates back to 1889. It was initially called the Department of Health and Welfare and organized for the purpose of providing a state approved local milk program. When a new City Hall building was erected in 1908 at 201 Joplin Street, the Health Department was housed in the facility and remained there until August of 1963 when it moved to a new location at 1052 Main Street.

In order to meet the needs of the community, other health programs had to be developed and more space required and so, again in January 1970, the Joplin Health Department (JHD) was compelled to relocate to the property at 513 Kentucky Avenue. It remained in this location until June 2006 when it moved to its current location at 321 E. 4th Street in Joplin.

JHD provides the following services:
  • Environmental/Epidemiology
  • Medical
  • Animal control
  • WIC (Women, Infant, Children)
  • Emergency preparedness, and
  • Administrative

Mission Statement

In order to protect the health of the community, the health department provides prevention, maintenance and educational services to the citizens and visitors of the area, other social, medical and educational providers, the business community, and the local, state and federal government agencies. Highly professional, responsive services are provided to all customers in a courteous manner with respect to individual dignity.

To contact the Joplin Health Department, call 417-623-6122