Our mission is to prevent disease, assure a healthful environment, prolong life, and promote well being for the citizens of Medina County.
Promote, Protect and Prevent
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4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina, OH 44256

Annual Report



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Birth Statistics
Board of Health

Creating a Healthy Workplace

Empowering a Healthy Community
Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family
Fiscal Report

Inspections and Permits
Message from the Health Commissioner

Printable 2012 Annual Report

Printable 2011 Annual Report

Protecting You While Youre on the Move

Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School
Top Causes of Death


The mission of the Medina County Health Department is to prevent disease, assure a healthful environment, prolong life, and promote the well being for the citizens of Medina County.


Message from the Health Commissioner

I am very pleased to be writing this letter to you as your new Medina County Health Commissioner. In just a few short months I have come to realize what you most likely already know about your Health Department, that we are highly attuned to the needs of the county. From outreach dental clinics in Lodi, to grants for sewage system replacement for low-income residents, our programs and special projects are all in response to the needs of Medina County.

As you read through this annual report, you will see the unique function we have in ensuring community health. The Health Department works with schools, businesses, non-profit agencies, and individuals to promote health and control disease. Many of these functions are done without most residents even realizing they occur, and our true success is the absence of disease. Both of these facts make it difficult sometimes to explain why public health is so important.

In 2011 Medina County voters renewed a 0.7 mill levy for public health services. My commitment to the voters is that local funds will be used sensibly and efficiently, and that the Health Department will continue to focus on meeting local needs.

In 2012 a countywide needs assessment and a community health improvement plan were developed. The Health Department will soon have a strategic plan that outlines how we will use our resources, together with other county groups, to meet identified needs and improve health countywide.

I encourage you to view our website at medinahealth.org to learn more about Health Department projects, and to let us know how we are doing.

Krista Wasowski, Health Commissioner

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Board of Health (2012)

Todd Supeck, President
Township Representative

Cheryl McDade, RN, BSN, Vice President
City of Brunswick Representative

Buck Adams
City of Wadsworth Representative

Thomas Jenkins
City of Medina Representative

Thomas Lehner, MD, FAAFP
Board of Health Physician

Ronald Ricci, DDS
Township Representative

Robert Romeyn
Licensing Council Representative

Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family

 During 2012, the Medina County Health Department provided many programs to keep you safe at home.

Nutrition Education

According to the National  Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Association, every dollar spent on the WIC program reduces the risk of pre-term birth by 25% and low birth weight for babies by 44%.  WIC touches thousands of pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children every month in Medina County. A typical monthly caseload in 2012, was 1,825 people. WIC provides nutrition education and healthy foods to help families make healthy choices. The WIC food package helps combat food insecurity, and contributes to reducing obesity and chronic disease. Medina WIC has a significant economic impact in Medina County. In 2012, $1,159,297.60  worth of vouchers were redeemed at Medina County stores for healthy foods, such as dairy, whole grain products, vegetables, and fruits.

Lead Prevention

Public health nurses provide screening and testing for lead exposure in children less than six years of age.  They also provide ongoing care coordination with health care providers when a child has an elevated lead level. In addition, they may conduct a home visit to find any lead exposure sources in the home. In 2012, the Public Health Nursing Division provided over 620 lead screening and testing services. Early identification and treatment of lead-exposed children results in decreased costs to the education, health care, and juvenile justice systems. 

Private Sewage Systems

Thanks to a 2012 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Medina County Health Department Environmental Division helped low-income county residents fund the replacement of 15 failing household sewage treatment systems. Through this grant, $150,000 of tax revenues were returned to Medina County and eliminated pollution to local ground and surface water sources.

Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School


School Inspections

Healthy children learn better. Your Medina County Health Department inspects every Medina County public and private school playground, science room, and kitchen. In 2012, we provided 178 school inspections. All of our inspections are public record. You can request inspection reports by contacting the Environmental Health Division at 330-723-9523.


5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!

The Medina County Health Department provides individual/family nutrition counseling, student nutrition education, and technical support to schools and daycares. Over 7,300 pre-school through high school students learned about increasing healthy eating behaviors and physical activity through simple messages. The messages focus on increasing fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity, and decreasing screen time and sugar-sweentened beverages. Individual nutrition appointments for children from birth through the 21st birthday who are overweight or obese are available. Call 1-888-723-9688, Option 1, for more information or an appointment.

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Birth and Death Records


Top Causes of Death in Medina County

Total deaths occurring in Medina County:  1,205

Click on each cause of death for more information about it and how to prevent it.
1.  Cancer
2.  Heart Disease
3.  Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
4.  Stroke
5.  Alzheimers Disease
6.  Accidents (including transportation)

Statistics are provided by the Ohio Department of Health. Data is sorted by county of residence, not place of death.

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Creating a Healthy Workplace

Public health works hard for you. From smoke-free policies that protect restaurant workers to simply posting hand-washing reminders that reduce the spread of disease, public health means we don’t have to trade our health and safety to support ourselves and our families.

Workplace Wellness Programs

Public health nurses provide pre-employment physicals and immunizations to protect against diseases such as hepatitis B, and TB skin testing.  In addition, Medina County Health Department staff are frequent speakers on topics such as wellness and the prevention and control of communicable diseases in the workplace.  For more information, contact us at 1-888-723-9688 or click here to send us an e-mail.

Plumbing Program

Our environmental health plumbing inspectors check the plumbing at new or renovated restaurants and businesses in Medina County. Our inspections save time by finding problems before they happen and save businesses costly future repairs from plumbing errors. In 2012, they provided 2,367 inspections throughout Medina County.

Emergency Preparedness

Our emergency preparedness team works with local businesses to help them prepare for emergencies. Being prepared makes good business sense. Business continuity during a disaster will save our community money and ensure our community’s resilience.

Protecting You While Youre on the Move


Car Seat Safety Program

Public health is the perfect traveling companion. It keeps passengers safer through our free car seat safety program. Medina County Health Department staff are Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and promote the safe and proper use of child passenger restraints. Car seat inspection appointments are available on the second Monday of the month from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 330-662-0511 for an appointment.

International Travel Clinic

Public Health keeps travelers safe with immunizations, medical advice, and travel medicine through our International Travel Clinic.  Public health nurses provide consultation to persons who will be traveling to foreign countries. Educating the traveler on prevention of diseases such as malaria and typhoid fever, as well as providing needed travel vaccines, are part of the public health’s role in preventing the spread of travel-related illnesses, not only for the traveler abroad, but to the community as a whole.

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Public health controls the mosquito population while you are on the move by treating roadside ditches, storm water catch basins, and other standing water areas throughout Medina County. This program minimizes the incidence of West Nile virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne diseases.


Empowering a Healthy Community


Food Inspections

The Medina County Health Department trains local restaurant employees about safe food handling practices and provides them with a food handling guide. In return, we have a skilled workforce who knows how to prevent foodborne illnesses. Through 2,567 inspections during 2012, we ensured that restaurants and grocery stores provide safe food to consumers. During 2012, Medina County Health Department received approval from the Ohio Department of Health to teach Level One Basic Food Safety classes. Three classes were held in October, November, and December 2012, and a total of 28 people attended. Participants received a ServSafe® Starters Employee Guide and certificate of attendance. Medina County Health Department also taught the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ServSafe® Course (Level Two Food Safety Class) in May 2012, in which 6 people passed the exam and became certified in food protection.

Immunizations and Disease Prevention

Immunizations protect not only the person immunized, but those in the family and community as a whole.  In 2012, the public health nurses provided a total of 12,000 doses of vaccine. 
Behind the scenes our epidemiology team monitors levels of communicable disease in the community and watches closely for any unusual changes that might signal a threat to the health of the community.

Dental Clinic

Our Dental Health Services provide quality dental care for over 7,000 people every year. Services include cleanings, exams, x-rays, sealants, fillings, extractions, root canals, dentures, and partials. We also provide an emergency dental clinic twice a week. Our clinic is essential because there is a limited number of dentists in Medina County who accept Medicaid. We provide the only emergency dental clinic in the community. We are reducing the number of dental emergency room visits, saving lives, and saving tax payer money.

Community Needs Assessment

In September 2012, Living Well Medina County (LWMC), a coalition looking at the health, education, and social service needs of Medina County residents, released the results of a county-wide Community Needs Assessment. The vision of LWMC is Creating and Implementing a Community Vision that Promotes Living Well in Medina County.  The Medina County Health Department has been an active member of LWMC.
The Medina County Health Department is utilizing the needs assessment and a Community Health Improvement Plan to develop an agency strategic plan to determine how we can improve the health of Medina County residents, meeting our mission to prevent disease, assure a healthful environment, prolong life, and promote well being for the citizens of Medina County.


Research shows that breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits to both the mother and her baby, helping to reduce healthcare costs. Breastfeeding lowers a child’s risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. In Medina County, 37% of postpartum women on WIC breastfeed and 22% of infants on WIC are being breastfed. 

Inspections and Permits


Providing Residents a Return on Their Investment

By law, the Medina County Health Department Environmental Health Division is required to license and inspect various businesses and operations in over 20 programs. This work is mostly behind the scenes. Our inspections help prevent disease, protect the environment, and minimize or eliminate conditions that could cause disease or injury.

What we routinely do each year in return for your investment in MCHD

  • Ensure that restaurants and grocery stores are inspected to provide safe food to consumers.
  • Ensure local pools, campgrounds, schools, sewage, water, and plumbing systems are licensed and/or permitted. Our licensed inspectors and sanitarians inspect each to prevent disease and ensure a healthful and safe environment.
  • Control the mosquito population by treating roadside ditches, storm water catch basins, and other standing water areas throughout Medina County. By our efforts, we hopefully can minimize the incidence of West Nile virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis, other mosquito-borne diseases.

Click here for a printable pdf of all inspection totals by township, city, and village.



The top three Dog Breeds for bites were Mixed Breeds (99), Pit Bulls (16), and German Shepherds (12). Medina City had the most bites reported at 68 bites, followed by Brunswick City at 67 bites, and Wadsworth City at 51 bites. August 2012 had the most bites reported at 54 bites.

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