We're your local health department with a staff of more than 160 people, serving over 540,000 people in more than 60 cities, villages, and towns across Dane County, Wisconsin.
Healthy People. Healthy Places.
Working with the community to enhance, protect, and promote the health of the environment and the well-being of all people.
What We Do
Our work essentially breaks down into three main categories: protecting your health, protecting the health of our environment, and working with community partners to address and prevent health inequities.
We test water quality at local beaches to let you know if it’s safe for swimming, inspect restaurants to be sure the food you eat is safe, and ensure wells provide safe drinking water and septic systems don’t harm the environment.
We work with community partners in the long-term work of changing systems so that more people have a chance to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Things like drug misuse, violence, safe housing, transportation, racism, and having enough food to eat, can impact health outcomes and quality of life that many of us take for granted.
Our services are available to all who live in and visit Madison and Dane County. Citizenship is not required. We provide services regardless of race, color, gender/gender expression, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or place of birth/place of residence.
We are proud to be a diverse department. We do not tolerate bigotry or racism. We do not change provider based on their race. You have the right to decline services.