The state of Kentucky has a unique place in public health history with the idea of frontier nursing. Nurses would travel on horseback through the mountainous terrain of eastern Kentucky to offer education on personal hygiene in an effort to stop the spread of disease and perform midwifery services to women.
The Oldham County Health Department does not have any record of frontier nursing, but you can click here to read minutes from the first Board of Health Meeting, which took place in 1942 to appoint a health officer to the newly established health department.
With over 68 years of service to Oldham County, we have been protecting and promoting the community’s health and safety in various ways. When two cases of Polio were introduced in Oldham County in July, 1944, the Oldham County Health Department forbid children to gather in public places including Sunday School, swimming pools, moving pictures and street fairs. Click here to read the original document.
From the mumps outbreak in 1987, the flood of 1997 to the recent scare of H1N1, the Oldham County Health Department has been administering immunizations to fight preventable disease. Our highly trained staff gives the best shots! Click here to see the news article about the mumps outbreak and click here for the H1N1 publication.
Become part of our history and join us by serving on a community coalition or volunteering in the Medical Reserve Corps. We believe that healthy people make a strong community! Click here for more information about the Medical Reserve Corps.