UCHD, Protecting Your Health.


Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:50

Creating Healthy Communities

We’re creating healthy communities here in Union County. Whether it’s accepting SNAP benefits at the Union County Farmers Market, developing the county’s Trail and Greenway Master Plan, or ensuring model tobacco-free policies for schools, we’re here to make sure all of Union County stays happy and healthy.


Vision:  Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Mission:  Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.




In Union County, healthy living starts here. See what we’re working on below:



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Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan

Richwood Lake Trail 

Bicycle Lending Program (Richwood)

Ohio Healthy Program 


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Richwood Farmers Market

Union County Farmers Market

Community Gardens

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Tobacco Free Schools

Tobacco Free Parks & Public Spaces

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Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan

In 2013, the Union County Comprehensive Plan recommended a county-wide trail corridor plan be prepared. This lead to a collaboration of local governments, regional planning organizations, private interest groups, businesses and the public coming together to complete the Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan. Together, these partners have developed a bold vision for future trail development and greenway preservation in the community. In addition, this plan showcases the natural, cultural and recreational resources in the County and illustrates how a linked network of trails and greenways can lead to an improved quality of life for residents and visitors. This Master Plan recommends policies and procedures that foster the development of trail and greenway systems; provides descriptions of theme based trail system that tells the story of Union County’s unique character and charm; and identifies early action projects that can be developed to begin the process of connecting the County’s many resources. Click on the icons below to learn more about the Union County Trail and Greenway Plan.

Richwood Lake Trail 


The Richwood Lake Park is a focal point in northeast Union County. Located just north of historic downtown Richwood, it offers numerous amenities like fishing, boating, youth athletics, picnicking and nature observation. To improve connection to the Village and within the park, a multi-use trail is being constructed that links the numerous park facilities and also provides connection to downtown Richwood, the Civic Center, and the Richwood schools. When completed, this one mile trail will expand the areas recreational resources, increase opportunities to access the lake and park for recreation and physical activity, and provide places to enjoy for the entire community. Click on the icons below to learn more about the Richwood Lake Trail.


Bicycle Lending Program (Richwood)

The bicycle lending program will be launching in 2017. The program will be run by the Richwood-North Union Library, and will feature rentable bikes for anyone with a library card. Simply check out a bike like you would a book, and spend your day exploring all Richwood has to offer while receiving the benefits of being physically active! 


Future Developments

 The Creating Healthy Communities program, along with other community partners, is looking to develop and further other new and existing projects in Union County between 2016 and 2019. Some of these projects include:

-Ohio Healthy Program for Day Cares and After School Programs

-North Union Safe Routes to School Projects

Healthy Eating

Richwood Farmers Market

Union County Farmers Market (SNAP)

Farmers Market Recipe Cards

Tobacco Free

Tobacco Free Schools

Tobacco Free Public Spaces & Parks





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Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:48

Community Rabies Clinic Scheduled


This year's community rabies vaccination clinic is Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 1-4 pm. Clinics are being held at:

Marysville - Coughlin Marysville Chrysler, 15777 Watkins Rd.
Milford Center - Union Township Fire Dept, 47 Railroad St.
Raymond - Liberty Township Fire Dept, 21684 Main St.
Richwood - Northern Union County Fire Dept, 602 N. Franklin St.

Cost is $10 per animal. Only cash or check accepted.
Click on the pdf below to download the Rabies Clinic Flyer.

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One of the best way to protect your family from rabies is to vaccinate your pets. Community rabies vaccination clinics are held each spring in Union County at a variety of locations. These clinics offer low-cost, one-year rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs 4 months of age and older. The clinics are made possible through a partnership between the Union County Health Department, the Union County Humane Society, and local Union County veterinarians who generously donate their time. Click on the pdf below to download the Rabies Clinic Flyer.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.


Rabies Prevention & Protection Regulation

The Union County Board of Health, at their October 13, 1993 meeting, adopted a Rabies Prevention & Protection Regulation for Union County, Ohio. As part of the regulation, any person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog or ferret in Union County shall have that animal currently immunized against rabies. Any person who owns a cat in Union County shall have that animal under control. In the event of a rabies outbreak the Health Department may order the humane destruction of any unvaccinated dog, cat or ferret, and may immediately require the mandatory vaccination of all owned and harbored cats.

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Zika Virus

Federal and state public health agencies are closely monitoring the Zika outbreak. The Union County Health Department will work closely with our local hospital, doctors, and first responders to ensure our community is prepared. While Ohioans are not at significant risk at this time, now is the best time for our community to prepare. For more information on how the healthcare system in Union County is preparing, please contact the Union County Health Department at (937) 642-2053 or via email at contact@uchd.net.