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Monday- Friday, 8 -11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 5 p.m.

Phone: 417-745-2138

Fax: 417-745-2400

Located at 201 Cedar, Hermitage, MO. 65668

Health Education


Stay healthy! Check here for food recalls as they are announced.


Did you know we offer two different Women's Health Programs, based on age? Read more here...


We also offer classes to help you Stop Smoking and to learn Crib Safety.




Get all the facts. Have your kids ready for their first day of school, or come in for adult or adolescent vaccines. Read more here.


T.B. Concerns



Is it true that tuberculosis is on the rise in the US? What can you do to avoid this disease? Click here to learn more.



Rabies is a viral disease of mammals and is transmitted primarily through bites.

Annually, 7,000 to 8,000 rabid animals are detected in the United States, with more than 90 percent of the cases in wild animals. Rabies is found naturally in Missouri, occurring primarily in bats and skunks, although other animals are also found rabid each year, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.

To learn more about Rabies click here.

Welcome to the Hickory County Health Dept. Website



We have been serving area residents since 1966, and are dedicated to promoting the health of all county residents. Our commitment to disease prevention is the driving force behind the many health services we offer you.


On our site you'll find information about the services we offer, WIC information, and a list of resources for many different health issues and questions.




Contact us by phone, email or by visiting our office.


Latest News & Updates



Click on the link below to read about the GoNoodle Program through Health Schools Healthy Communities! 




Please click here to read about the recent mumps outbreak:


Starting April 1, 2016 all water samples going to the State Health Lab will be picked up daily at noon.


March 27th- May 5th

 The Walking School Bus Spring Program will be starting soon! Please click the following link for more information. 2017_WSB_registration_form.doc



Hello Farmers and Ranchers! Are you looking for a new wholesale market for your products?
There is a vast untapped market near you: LOCAL SCHOOLS. There are area schools interested in finding out how they might be part of the ever growing farm-to-school movement. These schools are interested in discovering how to produce local agricultural products so they can incorporate them into their food service.
We want to help facilitate the farm-to-school plate process. By working... together and pooling our resources we can get organized and start supplying some of the food needs for our schools.
You may think your farm is too small to sell into the market. Our goal is to accommodate all farm sizes, with the ultimate goal of creating a strong local market for farm-to-school products that will help increase economic opportunities for farmers in our rural community.
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more and/or getting involved in this farm-to-school effort. Call the Hickory County Health Department and ask for Dawn or Sandi 417-745-2138.

Zika Virus Infections 

Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Click here to learn more.



Influenza Facts

 To learn more about influenza click here. 


Meningitis Information



For more information about meningitis please visit the CDC website.


The Hickory County Farmers Market

 Visit our new Farmers Market Website! See what's happening at the market and what's on sale this week!

The Hickory County Farmer's Market is making plans and hoping to start the first weekend in May! Everyone is getting very excited! If anyone is interested in being a vendor at the Farmer's Market or if you know someone who might be, we would like everyone to come! Please call the Hickory County Health Department at 745-2138.

Click here for Rules of Hickory County Farmers Market. rules.pdf

Click here for Hickory County Farmers Market Membership agreement. farmers_market_membership_application.docx





The Hickory County Health Department would like to acknowledge Smith's, Our Kitchen Table, Ru's Café, and 5-Star Supermarket for becoming Live Well Restaurants. All are offering two healthier menu items and have agreed to be a smoke free environment!


Free Dental Screening Available at the Hickory County Health Department. Call and schedule your appointment today!



Live Well Restaurants offer healthy menu items to their customers. If you have a restaurant that would like to become a Live Well Restaurant click here to learn more.

Tex-Mex Skillet

Courtesy of Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters


Serving Size

Serves 8, 1/2 cup filling and 1 tortilla per serving


  • ½ medium head lettuce
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 (15½-ounce) can black beans, no salt added
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, chicken, or turkey
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen corn
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas


  • Box grater
  • Can opener
  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Large skillet with lid
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Sharp knife
  • Small bowl

Nutritional Information


1. Rinse lettuce, bell pepper, tomato, and jalapeño. Rinse and peel onion. Peel garlic.

2. Chop or shred lettuce into bitesize pieces. Mince garlic. Halve the jalapeño and bell peppers. Remove seeds with the tip of a knife. Dice peppers.

3. Over a small bowl, grate tomato and onion using the coarse side of a box grater. Collect all pulp and juices.

4. Grate cheddar cheese.

5. In a colander, drain and rinse beans.

6. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook meat, bell pepper, and garlic, until meat is lightly browned. Drain to remove fat.

7. Stir in frozen corn, beans, water, and spices. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until most liquid is gone.

8. While meat mixture is simmering, make a salsa. Add jalapeño and a pinch of salt to the grated tomato and onion. Stir and set aside.

9. Divide the meat mixture evenly among the 8 tortillas. Top each with grated cheese, salsa, and lettuce. Roll up and serve.

Chef's Notes

  • Use any type of cooked beans in place of the black beans.
  • For a vegetarian option, use an extra can of drained and rinsed beans in place of the meat.
  • To increase heat, leave a few seeds from the jalapeño in the salsa. Or, season with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Top with rinsed and chopped tomatoes, green onions, low-fat sour cream, or low-fat plain yogurt, if you like.