Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

About Us

Mission Statement

To protect and promote a healthy community and safe environment by providing quality services through all stages of life.


To be a recognized public health leader meeting the needs of our community.

Vision Priorities

We will...

Create a safe, friendly, confidential, and professional environment.

Create an environment that values and respects all customers and employees.

Promote our programs and services in the community.

Partner with community organizations.

Provide responsible fiscal management.

Utilize the latest technology to reach a broader audience.

Guiding Principles

  • Accountability
  • Kindness
  • Commitment
  • Positivity
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Dependability
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Teamwork


Click here to view our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan.