Dearborn’s Health Deparment:
A display of its history
Dearborn’s Health Department originated with village and township health officers in the area that worked to improve sanitation standards and control contagious disease outbreaks from the 1800s onward. As the city of Dearborn incorporated and grew bigger, the Dearborn Health Department was able to hire more staff and offer more services to the general public. In recent years, tighter budgets have forced the Dearborn Health Department to give over its duties to the Wayne County Health Department. This page showcases some Health Department items in the Dearborn Historical Museum collection.
For many years, the Dearborn Health Department produced monthly reports. Some of the most interesting figures listed are numbers of infectious disease cases.
Later Dearborn Health Deparment Annual Reports contained comparisons of disease numbers by year and other interesting figures such as medicine distributed
The services once offered by the Dearborn Health Department can be read in a 1953 booklet titled “What Your City Health Department Offers You” that can be accessed by clicking the image below:
The Dearbon Health Department handled certifications for Baby Sitters, Food Handlers, and a number of other professions for years.
During its existence, the Dearborn Health Department was a primary distributor of important vaccines to the community.