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

Communicable Disease Section

Phone: (989) 895-4003
Fax: (989) 895-2083


The goals of the Communicable Disease Division are to promptly investigate disease outbreaks and implement control measures to minimize further transmission of disease; monitor disease-reporting by physicians and laboratories in order to detect trends and to assess the public health impact of diseases support communication between public health agencies, private physicians, and hospital and occupational health infection control personnel, as an essential part of disease control efforts and prevention efforts; and to disseminate health education messages to the community and the media in order to enhance disease control and prevention efforts.


Bay County Health Department plays a key role in efforts to control communicable diseases. The public health system depends upon reports of disease to monitor community health and to provide the basis for preventive action. Examples of reportable diseases include Measles, Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Salmonellosis, Botulism and Syphilis