About Us

Springfield-Greene County Health (SGCHD) was established as the “Department of Health” by the City of Springfield on June 30, 1873. Services were expanded to Greene County in 1976. 

What is Public Health?

Public health encompasses a variety of functions and services that protect the health of the community and help citizens live longer, healthier, happier lives. This includes:

  • Connecting citizens to community health services
  • Developing policies to promote a healthy community
  • Educating our community with accurate information about public health issues
  • Enforcing city ordinances
  • Evaluating current community health programs
  • Monitoring, identifying, & investigating potential health threats
  • Partnering with other community organizations to address local health issues


The department is organized into four divisions which carry out the 10 Essential Public Health Services:


Katie Towns

Katie Towns, MPH

Our Mission:

Protect and improve community health through education, collaboration and prevention.

Quick Links:

  1. Administration
  2. Chronic Disease Prevention
  3. Community Health & Epidemiology
  4. Environmental Health

Administration is responsible for a variety of plans, policies, and procedures that protect the overall health of the community.


  • Planning
  • Heat-Related Illness Monitoring
  • Community Reports

About our logo

Springfield-Greene County Health updated its logo in 2018. Look for this symbol as a representation of the guidance we provide our community.

Understanding the SGCHD logo. The compass represents the guidance we provide for our community.