The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD), the northernmost and westernmost public health department in Michigan, serves the 71,000 residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. WUPHD is a multi-county special governmental unit as allowed under Section 2415 of the Public Health Code, Act No. 368, 1978. The agency was founded in 1936, and has included the present five counties since 1963. The agency operates under the direction of a Board of Health, composed of 11 members drawn from the boards of commissioners of the five constituent counties. Additionally, the agency’s Health Officer oversees the administration of the Public Health Code across the Western Upper Peninsula, while the Medical Director is responsible for the medical direction of public health, and emergency preparedness programs.
WUPHD is headquartered in Hancock, with branch offices in L’Anse, Ontonagon and Bessemer. The agency provides a broad array of public health programs and services, including communicable disease surveillance and control, immunization, a variety of maternal and child health programs, adult and senior health services, substance abuse prevention and education programs, and a full range of environmental health services.
Major Environmental Health programs include food-service licensing and inspection, and the evaluation and plan review relating to permits for on-site water supply (well) and sewage disposal (septic) systems. Other programs include radon awareness, public swimming pool monitoring, and campground inspections.
Public Health and Education programs control and report communicable diseases; provide health care to vulnerable populations; and promote a healthier community. Major programs include immunizations, family planning, maternal and infant support services, children’s special health services, breast and cervical cancer control, hearing and vision screening, children’s dental services, workplace wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention, the federal Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), and community and school-based substance abuse prevention and education programs.
It is the mission of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to lead the community toward better health through education, advocacy and disease prevention. In order to fulfill this mission, the agency and its employees are committed to a vision of public service that emphasizes accountability, quality, efficiency, and responsible and effective stewardship of public resources. Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Organization. We will not discriminate against any person, in employment, service provision nor other matters, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender or handicap.