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Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) is a local public health district that serves Lorain County, Ohio. We are governed by our own board appointed by local mayors, city managers, and township trustees. Our funding sources include grants, fees, and a local levy that make up about a quarter of our budget. 

We are responsible for all cities and townships in Lorain County except the City of Vermilion, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Erie County Health Department.

Mission and Vision

LCPH Mission: To create a healthy place for all to live, work, and play by preventing disease in the community, empowering people to make better choices, and promoting overall health and wellness.

LCPH Vision: To create programs and services that allow and encourage the healthy choice to be the easy choice, operate in a sustainable fashion that reflects responsible stewardship, lead by example in the community, and manage our organization to effectively face current and future public health challenges.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is a guide that our staff uses to develop strategies, make decisions, and allocate resources. Priorities for 2018 through 2022 are:

  1. Link to needed services
  2. Expand coordinated education and prevention
  3. Improve weight issues and obesity
  4. Strengthen organizational efficiency and effectiveness

Programs and Services

Administrative Services

Community Health

Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Epidemiology

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank breast milk drop site
  • Supplemental highly nutritious foods and iron-fortified formula
  • Referrals to prenatal and pediatric healthcare
  • Referrals to maternal and child health and human services programs
  • Participation in WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program