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KCHD Mission statement:
We are a team dedicated to the purpose of promoting the critical role of public health in prevention, protecting and controlling infectious and chronic diseases through assessment, policy development and assurance of services for all citizens in the community.
KCHD Vision statement
It is the vision of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department to become the national leader in public health and thereby assure the existence of necessary services to promote and protect the health of our community.



Health News  

Ten years ago, West Virginia became one of the first 10 states in the nation to launch a statewide, three-digit, toll-free phone system linking people in need with the social programs and community services that can help them.  Last year, more than 41,000 state residents used the West Virginia 211 system to help them solve problems ranging from disaster relief to utility assistance.“ But if you a...
Millions of lives around the world have been saved since the start of an international effort to address maternal and child mortality. A new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington reveals the encouraging statistics.  Dr. Rahul Gupta, M.D., MPH, FACP, executive director and health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Putnam Co...
 Members of the West Virginia Senate took time on the final day of the legislative session to honor Dr. Rahul Gupta for "leading the charge" on health care issues. ...

Emergency Preparedness

KCHD is working hard to strengthen our capabilities to respond to public health emergencies such as floods, disease outbreaks, or acts of terrorism.  Community awareness of our role in emergency preparedness is essential to successful planning, training, response and recovery efforts.
Clinic Hours

Hours of Operation 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule appointments for: Immunizations, Overseas Travel, Family Planning and Breast and Cervical Cancer. Walk-ins available for: TB, STD, Birth Control, HIV, Lice, Pregnancy Test, and Blood Pressure Screenings.


Every week our sanitarians go on location to inspect businesses to ensure they are meeting health  standards of West Virginia for Housing, Water, Food, Sewage, and Clean Indoor Air Regulation of Kanawha County.


The Division of Epidemiology investigates outbreaks of disease in Kanawha County and other causes of human illnesses to help prevent its spread.  Follow the link below for more information on specific illnesses, ways to protect yourself, or for information on reporting if you are a healthcare provider.

Prevention And Wellness

The Division of Health Promotion (DHP) was formed in May 2007 to establish health promotion activities for the residents of Kanawha County and the City of Charleston. The DHP plans, implements and evaluates policies, strategies and initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles that is supported by evidence based knowledge of health promotion theories. KCHD serves on various boards, coalitions, advisory panels and teams to further enhance the health of our residents while coordinating program activities with professional and community groups interested in making communities healthier. The DHP works with legislators and other public officials for increased recognition of preventative and wellness issues including policy and environmental changes, which have a positive impact on the health of our community.