• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • Home has become the place for fast food and snack food convenience.
  • Farm-to-table foods, or better yet, family-garden-to-family-table foods are great ways to introduce more fresh foods to your family.
  • Healthy foods should be the easy snacking options around the house--have fruit sitting in a bowl on the counter.
  • Many drinks of choice give "empty calories" which contain no nutritional benefit when you consume it.
  • Drink more water! Shop the local Farmer's Market or produce stand for healthy food options and avoid "junk food"!

Health Updates

During severe heat and heat emergencies:

*Check on those who do not have air conditioning and may spend much of their time alone.

*Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.

*Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

*Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

*Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

*If you do not have air conditioning, consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, cooling centers or other community facilities.


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