Public Health Department
The purpose of the Wilkes-Barre City Health Department is to prevent disease and to promote and protect the health of Wilkes-Barre City residents. The department does so by assessing the needs of the public, offering public health services and creating sound public health policies.
The Wilkes-Barre City Health Department is responsible for the health and well-being of approximately 41,337 Wilkes-Barre residents. The department accomplishes this goal by providing a wide array of public health services to all residents. The available services complement traditional medical care and emphasize prevention. Services are provided free of charge, or at a minimal charge, at the Health Department's main office at 71 North Franklin Street. The health department is funded by federal, state and city monies.
The Wilkes-Barre City Health Department is organized in 4 bureaus. For more information on each of these bureaus, please click on the links to left.
1. The Bureau of Administration and Support Services is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, delivering and assessing public health programs in the city of Wilkes-Barre.
2. The Bureau of Personal Health consists of communicable disease control and clinical services.
3. The Bureau of Environmental Health is responsible for environmental protection and control, institutional sanitation and animal control.
4. The Bureau of Preventive Health Services provides health promotion and disease prevention services.
In an effort to promote the health of the city, the health department collaborates with local hospitals, public health consortiums, health related agencies, health care providers, businesses and managed care groups. Sharing the commitment to quality public health is critical to the effectiveness of local health improvement plans.