History of Fargo Cass Public Health
Started in 1923 as a Commonwealth Fund Demonstration project, Fargo Cass Public Health has a long and distinguished reputation of providing quality service to the residents of Cass County. The first health department employed nine people. Fargo was divided into six districts offering prenatal and infant care, school health, disease control and public education.
Today, Fargo Cass Public Health employs 115 people and is divided into six divisions: public health nursing, clinical/health promotion, emergency preparedness, environmental, administration, and WIC.
During the last 75 years, public health has been in the forefront of community health concerns. From the polio epidemic of the 1940s to the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s, public health has risen to the challenge of providing accurate health information and quality health service to the general population.
Fargo Cass Public Health adopts the belief that:
- Health is our greatest asset, achieved through the integration of psychological, social, spiritual, environmental, and physical well-being.
- All people have the right to quality health care.
- All individuals have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and to be guaranteed confidentiality.
- Intra-agency collaboration and communication is essential to assure health care services without fragmentation.
- Collaboration with other service providers and the community is essential to providing optimal, accessible and affordable health care for individuals.
- Health promotion, disease prevention and health education are essential components of all public health activities.
- Public health should continually assess and evaluate the health and environmental status of the community.
- Public health workers advocate for individuals within all community systems including mental health/health care, social service, government, and education.
- Public health services are population-based; they benefit the community as a whole, with specific outreach activities for at-risk or underserved populations.
- Services of this department will be provided in a safe and sensitive environment.
Services of this department will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, cultural affiliation, religion, physical/mental illness, disability, choice of lifestyle, political affiliation, sexual orientation or social/economic status.