Director's Message 2022
Welcome to the Grayson County Health Department--your health department! GCHD has a legacy of acts of service--and that legacy continues as reflected in our 2021 Community Impact Report.
I accepted the position of Public Health Director in October of 2019. No experience or college degree could have prepared me for the crisis looming within a matter of months from my start-date (the COVID-19 global pandemic). However, thanks to the committed, seasoned staff that I work with, this department was able to adjust as needed and move forward despite lockdowns, cancellations, and a world in turmoil over an unknown virus.
As we turn the page and enter 2022, we have so many exciting things to look forward to in the new year--including public health transformation. Although COVID-19 is still a public health threat, GCHD continues to strive to improve the programs and processes that we have always offered prior to the pandemic. Our mission since 2020 has been to make our services more accessible thereby allowing residents and businesses to feel apart of local public health.
No matter how talented the staff members of this department may be, and there are some wonderfully talented people at this department, we cannot improve overall public health without the assistance of community partners as well as individual residents.
We look forward to serving our communities for another year. We hope that others will join us in helping make Grayson County an even healthier place to call home.
Joshua Horton, BS, MS, MBA
Public Health Director/Executive Director
Grayson County Health Department
What we do
The Grayson County Health Department has served the county and surrounding areas for decades. We have a strong legacy of helping our communities with disease prevention, response, and recovery. GCHD’s commitment to public health has never wavered. The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has reiterated the role that GCHD plays in the overall health and wellbeing of residents. We are proud to be apart of so many lives!
The following services are available at the Grayson County Health Department:
The health department partners with key community partners to build bridges to connect people with services that we do not offer. Key community partners include Grayson County Alliance, Leitchfield Animal Shelter, Communicare, Silver Leaf, Spring Haven, Owensboro Health Twin Lakes MOMS Program, and more.
Hub of Community Services
The health department offers rental space to attract community partners within our own setting. This allows clients to access needed services under the same roof. Community partners that share space in our building offer services from mental health counseling, confidential domestic violence assistance, hearing assistance, physical therapy, and free community health programs.
The mission of GCHD is to serve the residents of Grayson County by promoting public health and disease prevention.
The vision of GCHD is to improve the physical and mental health of our local community by tackling local health issues, decreasing disease, and helping residents achieve better health through resources offered here at the health department or by collaborating with our community partners.