History of the Bell County Public Health District
The Bell County Public Health District was originally established in 1994 and prior to that time was a health department. It was in operation from 1942 through 1993 as the health department. In 1994 the Bell County government in conjunction with local municipalities worked together to establish the Bell County Public Health District under the guidance and oversight of the Bell County Board of Health which is comprised of representatives elected from each of the Member municipalities: Bell County, Temple, Killeen, Belton, Harker Heights, Holland, Little River/Academy, Morgan’s Point Resort, Rogers, Troy, and the Village of Salado.
The mission of the Bell County Public Health District (BCPHD) is to promote healthy lifestyles in the communities served through education, service, and leadership; to prevent disease and protect the public’s health, and to serve as highly trained and skilled professionals dedicated to public health service.
The purpose of BCPHD is to identify and address local public health needs and to coordinate with local agencies, communities, and stakeholders in order to meet those needs. To facilitate the protection and promotion of public health BCPHD works to maintain a staff that is dedicated and technically trained in order to provide the important array of public health services to the residents of Bell and surrounding counties.
It is the vision of BCPHD to provide services such as: immunizations, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and prevention education, pregnancy testing and family planning services, and disease surveillance services to eligible citizens of Bell and surrounding counties. Health protection services also include the provision of nutritional services through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, consumer protection through the Environmental Health and Food Protection Program and the preservation of community function and safety through the Public Health Preparedness (PHEP) Program.
BCPHD recognizes the importance of promoting and maintaining a health community and is committed to a policy of preventing the spread of infectious diseases and assisting any whose lives are affected by them. The Health District’s values involve a firm commitment to: public health standards. We a committed to actions and policies taken and developed based on current and reliable information by remaining aware of current research. We also prioritize the participation in educational conferences in order to aid in the maintenance that current level of knowledge. We also are committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with city, county, and state officials as well as community health stakeholders in the event of public health threats. Finally, we are committed to strict patient confidentiality in strict compliance with legal requirements and professional standards.