Our Public Health Mission

We aim to protect, promote, maintain and improve the health and quality of life for LaGrange County citizens and visitors through a responsive, well-managed and organized community effort. We offer a wide range of public health services through partnerships with the county, state, and federal agencies. Check out some of the services we offer.

Health Surveillance

Vital Statistics: Monitoring death certificates for unusual patterns of mortality.
Communicable Disease Investigation and Reporting: Investigate cases of disease, follows the incidence of cases of infectious disease and identify contacts to protect the community from outbreaks and spread disease.

Health Protection

Drinking Water Monitoring: To identify bacterial and chemical contamination of wells, before people in the community are made ill. Water Well Testing for residential and Businesses.
Food Sanitation: Inspecting restaurants to prevent poor food handling practices that could spread hepatitis and food poisoning. Food Permit, Food Safety Day.
Sewage Treatment: Permitting construction and maintenance of on-site sewage treatment systems in a manner to prevent disease spread by improperly treated sewage. You must follow these procedures to get a Septic Permit. The health department has been working in constructed wetlands as a green alternative to conventional septic systems.
Environmental Health: To evaluate and maintain a healthy environment to reduce health risks, including complaints regarding garbage and trash accumulation, open burning; failing septic system, illegal dumping, etc.
Animal and Vector Control: Identify and reduce the risk to the community from insects (mosquito, ticks) and animal (rats, horses, dog, bats) related diseases such as West Nile, rabies, equine encephalitis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Monitoring and Inspect Public Swimming Areas and Pools: To identify conditions which will promote disease.
Housing Sanitation and Safety: To assure housing, mobile home parks, campgrounds, labor camps, school, day care centers and mass gatherings are maintained and operated in a manner that will minimize disease transmission and injury.

Preventative Services

Immunization Clinics: Walk-in clinics operate on a first come first served basis. They are limited to the number of children that can be served by the available nursing staff. For more information on clinic hours, click here.
Water Well Testing & Groundwater Program: The LaGrange County Health Department has free sample bottles to test drinking water wells. For more information, click here.
Food Safety Day
: A two-hour curriculum to educate you in food safety and make you aware of safe food handling procedures for food retail and foodservice establishment.

Public Records

Birth Certificate and Death Records: Indiana began keeping birth and death records in 1882. LaGrange County’s birth and death records are kept at the LaGrange County Health Department, which is located across the street from the LaGrange Parkview Hospital.
Contact: Kelly Bills, Registrar
Phone: (260) 499-4182 ext 5
Fax: (260) 499-4189
email: kbills@lagrangecounty.org

Septic Records: LaGrange County Health Department has record for septic systems installed after 1967. For any septic system installed before 1967 or without a septic permit, a legal septic record is not available.
Contact: Alf García, Environmental Health Specialist
Phone: – (260) 499-4182 ext 7
Fax: – (260) 499-4189
email: agarcia@lagrangecounty.org

Immunization Records:
Contact: LouAnn Sherck, Immununization Coordinator
Phone: (260) 499-4182 ext 1
Fax: (260) 499-4189
email: lsherck@lagrangecounty.org

Clandestine Laboratories: Methamphetamine production: “clan lab” addresses
You can search LaGrange Addresses at the following webpage: http://www.in.gov/meth/2371.htm

If it has been disclosed through a real estate transaction that a clan lab was on the property for sale but it is not listed on the website, contact the ISP Meth Suppression Section at 317-234-4591 or 1-877-MSS-METH if within Indiana state lines. ISP can determine if the property was delisted after cleanup or if a lab was never reported to the Indiana State Police for that location.

ISP Meth Suppression Section
317-234-4591 or 1-877-MSS-METH
Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management