Welcome to Audrain County Health Department.  Public Health: Better Health, Better Missouri.
The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) proudly and diligently serves the Audrain County
Community, and is committed to addressing the public health needs of individuals.  The ACHD exists
under RSMO 205.010-115, County Health and Welfare Programs in order to provide the various and
multi-faceted public health programs for the Audrain County community and its citizens.  The Audrain
County Health Department is here for you.  By taking a proactive approach, rather than a reactive one,
we can hope to positively affect and influence the lives of each and every one of us.  The ACHD hopes you
will find the information contained within this website useful, and looks forward to working with the
community in facing the challenges of the future.  
1130 South Elmwood Drive
P.O. Box 957
Mexico, MO 65265
Phone: (573) 581-1332
Fax: (573) 581-6652
1130 South Elmwood
P.O. Box 957
Mexico, MO 65265
Phone: (573) 581-1332
Fax: (573) 581-6652
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:00AM to 4:00PM.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider
Audrain County Health Department is a
proud member of  United Way!
Cooling sites in and around Mexico, MO.  

Cooling Sites offer the general public air-conditioned relief and cool water during the hottest part of the day. Sites will
be activated if an Excessive Heat Advisory or Warning is issued by the National Weather Service. Heat Advisory
issued - when the Heat Index (HI) is expected to reach 105 degrees F or air temperature reaches, at least 100
degrees F. Heat Warning issued - when HI is expected to reach, at least 110 degrees for 2 consecutive days with
a minimum HI no lower than 75 degrees at night or if Heat Advisory is expected to last 4 or more days.  
CLICK HERE to view the cooling sites in your area.  
Take the Kitchen Safety Quiz!

Click on the link provided below for an
interactive quiz to see how safe your
kitchen really is!

Food Safety Quiz  
The Symbol of Public Health
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To take advantage of the many services provided by the Audrain County Health Department,
we welcome you to stop by and we’ll give you an overview of our program.  Here at ACHD,
we make a difference!  Go ahead and get started learning about your public health department,
click on the video link below…and thank you for reviewing our website.
Immunizations -  VaxCare

A partnership between the Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) and a leading vaccine facilitator means it’s
easier than ever for Audrain County residents to receive vaccinations. In June, the ACHD contracted with VaxCare,
an immunization provider out of Orlando, Florida.

“Our partnership with VaxCare will expand the marketplace for those residents with private insurance,” ACHD
Administrator Sandra Hewlett said. “Previously, we only had billing arrangements with seven private insurance
companies. With VaxCare, we now offer 24 private insurance billing options.”The partnership between the two
entities means Audrain County residents will have more insurance companies to choose from with the company.

“VaxCare will bring to the table an expanded list of health insurance companies we can bill to,” said ACHD Licensed
Practical Nurse Brandi Myer, who is heading up the vaccine program for ACHD. “This means, with our expanded list,
that residents who have private insurance who may have had to go out of town for immunizations before can now stay
in county for their immunization needs.”

The ACHD immunization program offers a variety of vaccinations to families, local businesses and private
educational institutions in Audrain County. To see if your insurance provider is one of the 24 now offered through
VaxCare, and, to learn more about the ACHD immunization program, contact Meyer at the health department at
When you quit smoking...the health benefits begin almost immediately.

•        20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
•        12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
•        2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves & lung function increases.
•        1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.  The cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal
        function, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
•        1 year after quitting: Your increased risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
•        5 to 15 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
•        10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is 50% less than a smoker’s.  The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
•        15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

Choosing to be tobacco free is one of the most important decisions you ever make. Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life & protect
the health of your family and friends.  Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers benefits that will last a lifetime.

Smoking contributes to many serious diseases, including lung & other cancers, heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. Each year in Missouri,
nearly 10,000 die from tobacco-related disease & secondhand smoke causes an average of 1,150 deaths.

For long-time smokers, quitting now could prevent serious illness & add years to your life. If you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t be discouraged.
Try again. Many people try to quit more than once before succeeding.

Secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses in people who don’t smoke, so those who breathe your smoke are at risk.  
Children exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to experience sudden infant death syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, and
other respiratory problems.

The main benefit of quitting smoking is preventing disease & early death, but there are many others:
•        You’ll have fresher breath, whiter teeth and better smelling hair and clothes.
•        Your sense of smell with return to normal, and food will taste better.
•        The discoloration of your fingers and fingernails will disappear.
•        You’ll be able to do normal activities, such as climb stairs, without losing your breath.
•        You’ll enjoy going to restaurants & other public facilities where smoking isn’t permitted.
•        You won’t have to worry about exposing your family & friends to your secondhand smoke.
•        You will no longer spend time and energy worrying about when you’ll get your next nicotine “fix.”

Quitting smoking can improve your family finances. You’ll save thousands of dollars that you would have spent on cigarettes, you will also save on medical
expenses as well. Missouri spends almost $2 billion every year to treat smoking-related illnesses.

When you quit smoking, you’ll be setting a positive example for your children and grandchildren. And if they don’t smoke, they won’t have to worry about
increasing their risk for lung cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses as they grow older.  

This fall, the health department will launch the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start Smoking Cessation program.  Look for more details in September.  
Finally, Audrain County Health Department is firmly committed to fighting chronic diseases caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, such as smoking, and supports
smoke-free Mexico.
Click here to take the stop smoking quiz,  do you need help to quit?

Smoking Cessation Program Schedule

The American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start smoking cessation program is a four-week
support program offered to all those who want to quit using tobacco products.

Time:  5:30 - 7:00 PM        
Location: Audrain County Health Department          
Cost: $25
Registration:  Call Sandra at 573-581-1332, ext. 25 to enroll.
Note:  The program is taught by trained smoking cessation facilitators
The first 4-week sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
11/19, 12/03, 12/10, and 12/17.

The next 4-week sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
01/07, 01/14, 01/21, and 01/28.

The next 4-week sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
04/07, 04/14, 04/21, and 04/28.

The next 4-week sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
07/07, 07/14, 07/21, and 07/28.

The next 4-week sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
10/06, 10/13, 10/20, and 10/27.