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

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

 Funding was also provided by the Bay Area Community Foundation










 Health Assessment Data-at -a- Glance


Health Assessment Reports


Health Assessment Presentations


Health Assessment Structure

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.