The mission of the Defiance County General Health District is to prevent disease, promote and protect the health of the Defiance County community.


Interested in learning how restaurants perform during routine inspections? Restaurants and food stores are grouped into two categories, food service operations and retail food establishments. Inspection frequency is determined by the risk that each food service operation or retail food establishment poses to the public. For example, a gas station may only serve coffee and fountain pop, while a steakhouse may serve meat to order or cool hot foods frequently. As you can see, the risk can differ between operations. All inspection reports are public record and are available per request. To view inspections that were conducted in Defiance County, please click on the image or contact Environmental Health at (419) 784-3818.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is largest in history. The outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC, the State of Ohio, and the Defiance County General Health District is taking actions to prevent this from happening. The above image is linked to our Hot Topics page, which is keeping information up-to-date as confirmed and pertinent information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the health district at (419) 784-3818.

The Ohio Medical Reserve Corps (OMRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that engages volunteers to help strengthen local public health infrastructure, as well as respond to disasters across the state - or nation. Each OMRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response. When you become involved with the OMRC, you become an identified professional resource. When an emergency occurs, you will be notified when and where to respond. Make a difference in your community! Click on the image above to learn more about how you can become involved in your community or call the health department at (419) 784-3818 and ask for Cheryl Kehnast.