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The Barton County Health Department started operation on August 15, 1966, financed and established as an Office of Economic Opportunity program, with the cooperation of the Missouri Division of Health, Barton County Court and citizens of the county.

Concerned citizens seeing the need for a county Health Department persisted to obtain federal funds with which to set up a health department. Support, through three elections came from the newspapers, physicians, schools, churches, civic organizations and responsible citizens.

The Barton County Health Department began in the basement of the courthouse. On June 3, 1969 the voters of Barton County approved a tax of 10 cents on the one hundred dollar valuation for the support of the Health Department.

In 1980 citizens were coming into the office for services or requesting home care visits. Home nursing care would permit families to care for patients in the home, thus reducing health care costs. Upon approval of the board of Trustees, application was made and on June 17, 1982 the Barton County Health Department/Home Health Agency was certified.