Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Maternal and Infant Health
Melissa Maillette - Emergency Preparedness & Health Education
Dr. Kirk Herrick - Medical Director
Dr. Howard Hurt - Medical Examiner

Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

Bay County Community Health Assessment


Health Assessment Partners



Funding for the health assessment was also provided by the Bay Area Community Foundation.


Health Assessment Goals

  • To determine the health status of Bay County residents and assess the capacity of the public health infrastructure.
  • To identify gaps in programs and services that are needed within the community.
  • To improve existing programs and services to better serve Bay County residents

Health Assessment Reports

Bay County Phone Survey

Bay County Phone survey Cross tabulations

Phone Survey and Focus Group Report

2012 Bay County Health Assessment

Community Health Improvement Plan - Work Plans and Reports 


Health Assessment Data-at -a- Glance

General Information

Children's Health


Health Insurance vs. Preventive Care


Health Assessment Presentations

2012 Community Health Assessment Results

Overview of Bay County and Preventive Care

Health Behaviors and Mental Health

Morbidity and Mortality


Additional Health Assessment Data and Information 

Region 3 State Health Assessment

County Cardiovascular/Heart Disease Data

Bay County Health Dashboard

County Health Rankings

Kids Count Data

Maternal and Child Health Data Books

Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey


Health Assessment Structure

Phone Survey: Lake Research Partners conducted a phone survey of 505 randomly selected Bay County Residents from January 17-22, 2012. Both landline and cell phone numbers were used in the survey.

Focus Groups: Lake Research Partners conducted three focus groups from April 11-12, 2012. The focus groups consisted of adults lacking preventive care parents with children lacking preventive care and school personnel.

Online Survey: An online survey was conducted by the Bay County Health Department. this survey reached a total of 183 Bay County residents. This survey is not considered to be representative of the entire county, as respondents self-selected to participate.

Existing Data: Existing data, including information on morbidity and mortality, population, vital statistics, infant mortality, communicable disease, insurance coverage, employment, income and poverty were collected and analyzed by the Bay County Health Department.