Polk County Health Department

Who We Are, Our Mission, What Is Public Health?


Our Mission

To create the conditions for all people to live healthy lives by engaging residents, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of our most vulnerable families.

Our Vision

To be a leader in encouraging everyone to take responsibility for improving their own health and building the kind of society that supports and enables all of us to live healthy lives.

Our Core Responsibilities
  • Prevent disease outbreaks and epidemics
  • Prepare for and respond to disasters
  • Ensure access to key health services
  • Promote and encourage the establishment of healthy habits
  • Protect against environmental hazards
  • Lead a strong local public health system
  • Learn what really matters to people

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314