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Mission Statement

To protect, promote  and improve the health of individuals and families in our community


Department Overview

Rice County Public Health functions through the authority of the Rice County Community Health Board and has the responsibility to assure that the health of Rice County citizens is protected, maintained, and enhanced (Minnesota Statute 145A).  The Local Public Health Act in 2003 legislated areas of responsibility for local health departments.  The six areas of public health responsibility are as follows:

     1. Assure an adequate local public health infrastructure;
     2. Promote healthy communities and healthy behavior;
     3. Prevent the spread of infectious disease;
     4. Protect against environmental health hazards;
     5. Prepare for and respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery; and
     6. Assure the quality and accessibility of health services.


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Faribault Phone: 
507-645-9576 / 507-744-5185
TDD Phone: 
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Deb Purfeerst
Public Health Director

Citizen Information

Citizen Information

Emergency Contact Information If you are ill, see your health care providerTo report an emergency, call 911For a poisoning emergency, call the Minnesota Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline:...