The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is the northernmost local public health department in Michigan, serving the 71,000 residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.  Established in 1936, the health department is a special governmental unit meeting the public health needs of the Western Upper Peninsula region.  We provide both State mandated public health services and a variety of additional programs, which enhance the lives of Western UP residents at every stage of life.

It is the mission of the Western U.P. Health Department to lead the community toward better health through education, advocacy and disease prevention.  To achieve this mission, the health department works to prolong life and promote community health through control of environmental health hazards and attention to the health needs of vulnerable population groups.  Western U.P. Health Department will set the standard for community health agencies, as we perform our role within the healthcare system in a manner that reflects our core values. We will be recognized as the expert in community health protection and improvement, as a model of effective and responsive government, and as the regional leader for public health.

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