We commit, through personal and organizational excellence, to be an agent of change dedicated to achieving a healthier Richmond County. The Mission of the Richmond County Health Department is to help prevent disease, promote health, and protect the environment for the people of Richmond County and to continually assess and respond to the health needs of the community. This Mission is based on the following beliefs: The health of the community supersedes individual needs. Environment affects health. Quality is essential. The health of an individual affects the quality of life of the community. All individuals should have access to basic health care. Early intervention is most effective. All individuals have a responsibility for their own health. Health can be improved to an optimum level for every individual. Employees are valued. It is important to maintain an effective staff training and education program to ensure that the constantly changing and increasing public health care needs of the community can be met. The health needs of a community are dynamic and measurable. Good health requires a holistic approach. Health information is essential for making choices for healthy living.