(Celebrating 100 years of public health in Ohio Thursday in the Knox County Service Center with a National Public Health Week proclamation were, from left, Lee Rhoades, a longtime Knox County health board member; Edward Bowlus, a former member of the county health board for 25 years and president for 17 years; Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller; County Commissioner President Teresa Bemiller; Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis; and County Commissioner Bill Pursel.)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of two legislative acts that shaped the future of public health in Ohio. The Hughes Act and Griswold Act, both enacted in 1919, established the modern day organization of local health departments and laid the foundation for public health efforts still in effect today.
As part of National Public Health Week, April 1-7, the Knox County Health Department is joining local health departments throughout Ohio to collectively celebrate 100 years of public health with a coordinated promotional campaign themed “How the past has made public health matter.” The health department kicked off the celebration Thursday with the signing of a proclamation by the Knox County Commissioners recognizing the anniversary and accomplishments of public health. (read more)