Columns/Opinion, Community, MaryWade Triplett

Mon County Health Dept app helps locals

Thinking about dinner out and wondering how a prospective eatery did in its last inspection?

At Monongalia County Health Department, or MCHD, we have an app for that.

Or maybe you’re reading about how this influenza season is a doozy and you want to get a flu vaccine.

MCHD has an app for that, too.

Or perhaps you’re contemplating whitening or straightening your teeth or just looking for a new dentist altogether.

Yes, MCHD has an app for that, too.

Of course, just one app covers all that and so much more. The “Mon Co Health Dept” app, which can be downloaded at Google Play for Android smartphones and at Apple’s iTunes App Store for iPhones, provides plenty of information with just a tap.

Tap “Food Check” to access MCHD Environmental Health’s latest restaurant reports. Or “Environmental Health” to learn all about that program.

You can watch a video on radon and then set up a test to find out if your home has this colorless, odorless gas. Or, if you work in a restaurant, you can download the Food Worker Training schedule. All with your smartphone.

But that’s not all. Tap “Services” and then “Flu Shots” to find info on MCHD’s Clinical Service’s Immunization Programs and “Services” and then “Dental Services” to find the diverse offerings at

MCHD Dentistry, the only full-service dental office located in a West Virginia county health department.

Or tap “Services” and then “WIC Program” to find out how the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children might be able to help you or someone  you know with breastfeeding guidance and dietary counseling and aid.

To keep up in 2018, it helps to have an app. Of course, there are other great ways to find out what’s going on at the Monongalia County Health Department, such as through our website,, or one of our several social media accounts, including three Facebook pages, two Twitter accounts and Instagram. Or through this twice-monthly column.

It may sound like a lot, but then again, we have a lot going on at MCHD. And it’s all about keeping the residents of Monongalia County safe and healthy.

You might not even realize it, but many of your everyday activities have been touched by employees or programs at MCHD. As mentioned above, the sanitarians in Environmental Health make sure all the restaurants in the county are up to code. But that’s not all they inspect. That list includes mobile food units, vending machines, farmers markets, temporary food establishments, swimming pools, hot tubs, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, tattoo and body piercing studios, day care centers, schools, campgrounds and tanning facilities.

Likewise, Clinical Services does more than just flu shots. The program provides breast and cervical screenings for women, free and low-cost birth control and free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

In addition to the flu vaccine, Clinical Services provides a variety of vaccines for both children and adults, as well as, through our Travel Clinic, to globetrotters who might be planning a trip to Bora Bora or some other far-flung locale that might put them in the path of illnesses such as cholera, typhoid or yellow fever.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the services available at the Monongalia County Health Department. Download the app on your smartphone to learn all the other ways we can be of service to you.