About Public Health
In the early 1900s, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 49 years. Today, it is about 80 years. Public health actions are largely responsible for this increase. For example, dramatic declines in infant mortality and deaths from infectious diseases are a result of improved hygiene, sanitation, immunization and communicable disease control efforts.
Clark County Public Health continues this tradition of protecting the community's health by preventing disease and responding to health threats. We influence conditions that promote health, such as access to healthy and affordable foods, clean water, health care and neighborhoods that are safe for walking and biking. We minimize the impact of disease outbreaks through vaccination efforts, early detection and swift responses.
Clark County codes and ordinances govern food establishments, solid waste management and on-site septic systems.
- Chapter 24.09 Food Establishments
- Chapter 24.12 Solid Waste Management
- Chapter 24.16 S.W.A.C. (Solid Waste Advisory Commission)
- Chapter 24.17 On-Site Septic/Sewage Systems Rules and Regulations
- Chapter 24.20 Regulation of Smoking in Public Places and Inhalant Delivery Systems
In addition, Public Health relies on:
Public Health has been serving our community for more than 75 years. Key points in our history include:
- 1929 – Clark County-City Health Department established.
- 1951 – Clark-Skamania Health Department formed.
- 1970 – SW Washington Health District, comprised of Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties, formed.
- 1997 – Klickitat County withdraws from the Health District.
- 2002 – Health District is dissolved.
- 2003 – Public Health becomes a department under the government of Clark County. Skamania County contracts with Clark for public health services.
- 2008 – Skamania County Board of Commissioners votes to end contract with Clark effective December 31, 2008.
- 2019 - CCPH begins contracts with Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties providing regional health officer services.
- 2020 - Pacific county joins Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum in the Regional Health Officer services provided by CCPH.