COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services

Sunday, March 4, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:06 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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The Health Department provides a wide range of services to residents throughout Boone County. It comprises six primary divisions: administration, animal control, clinic and nursing, division of human services, environmental health and WIC (women, infants and children) supplemental nutrition program.


Address: 1005 W. Worley St.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday (closed on all major holidays)

Phone: 573-874-7355

Fax: 537-874-7756



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The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department offers services to residents of Boone County related to issuing birth and death certificates, community services, health clinics and food safety.

It includes the following divisions:

Administration: This division is responsible for the provision of birth and death certificates, in addition to serving as an information source on matters of community health.

Animal Control: Animal control serves the two-part purpose of protecting people and animals in Columbia and Boone County.

Clinic and nursing: This division provides clinic services to Columbia and Boone County residents, including immunizations, tests and special clinics and programs for teenagers.

Division of human services: According to the city ordinance that established the office of community services, this division is responsible for “coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and planning for community human service programs for the city.” Many programs are part of this division and fall into the general categories of social services, human rights and substance abuse. This division also sponsors the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration, at which awards are given out to individuals, groups or organizations in recognition of their efforts to promote appreciation of diversity and cultural understanding in Columbia.

Environmental health: This division is responsible for a variety of health standards tests and inspections throughout Boone County, primarily focusing on food safety, waste water and potential public health nuisances. In addressing food safety, the division is responsible for publicizing food recalls, conducting food handler classes and inspecting food service establishments.

WIC (women, infants and children) supplemental nutrition program: It provides health screening, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care providers and social service agencies.

Links and sources:

Official website:

Missourian articles:

Health department settles in new, bigger home

Health department investigates lead in monkey bites case

Health department posts nutrition and exercise survey

Columbia receives grant to help smokers quit

Planning and Zoning Commissions, health department ponder disposal of wood waste

Updated: March 4, 2012

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