The 12-member Will County Board of Health governs the Health Department and meets once each month. The county BOH initiates and carries out programs and activities necessary for the promotion and protection of health and control of disease. It may make and adopt rules to protect and improve the health of residents. The Will County Executive and the Will County Board appoint members who wish to volunteer their time and serve Will County as overseers that Will County residents have the best possible access to the Public Health programs they need.
By law, the board must be composed of at least two physicians, one dentist, one county board member, and four citizens-at-large.
Board of Health members are responsible for making sure the “Ten Essential Services of Public Health” are performed in the Will County community. These ten LPHA (Local Public Health Agencies) services are divided into three categories: Assessment, Policy Development, and Assurance.
The Assessment category includes the services of monitoring Will County’s overall health, as well as diagnosing and investigating its condition. The second category, Policy Development, begins with informing, educating, and empowering the public so they can pursue the best health possible for themselves and their families. Policy Development also includes the mobilization of community partnerships, as well as the development of policies. Finally, there is the Assurance category. This includes the enforcement of laws concerning public health, linking the public to the care that they need, assuring a competent workforce within the Health Department, and evaluating the Health Department’s overall quality of work on a regular basis.
Will County Board of Health meetings occur on the Third Wednesday of each month, in the Will County Health Department Community Room, at 501 Ella Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433. (At this time, meetings are virtual)