About Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health in Iowa

About Us

Who is Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health?


Supporting healthy communities through prevention, promotion, and protection.


A safer and healthier tomorrow.

Value Statement

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Social Responsiblity
  • Financial Stewardship


Read our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

Enjoy our brochure!

Read our Community Health Assessment.

This Community Health Assessment (CHA) report is the result of a robust and cooperative process that took nine months and included stakeholders, community members, community focus group attendees, workgroup members, and those who completed community surveys. For this iteration of the CHA, a regional approach was taken to include multiple local public health agencies, organizations, stakeholders and citizens from various counties in north-central Iowa.

For questions about the CHA, call 641-421-9345.


Information About Us

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is located in Mason City, Iowa, in North Central Iowa. We are approximately two hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and two hours north of Des Moines, the Iowa state capitol. Mason City’s population is about 29,000. Cerro Gordo County’s population is about 46,400. The majority of our coverage area is considered rural.

You can find our office at 2570 4th St SW Suite 1 in Mason City. We are located next door to Hobby Lobby.


History about Cerro Gordo County

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, created in 1990, is governed by a five member board. Board of Health members are appointed by the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors. The health department is organized into five service sections, which provide a variety of essential services to the community. The Department has an overall budget of $5.27 million, of which 33 percent is local tax dollars. We have a staff of 48 people who provide more than 50 various programs to county residents.


Divisions within the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health

  • Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health & Preparedness
  • Home Care Services
  • Research, Innovation, & Education
  • Finance and Administration