Public Health

About Us

The Klickitat County Health Department began operation January 1, 1998, after becoming independent from Southwest Washington Health District. After operations began, the health department elected The Klickitat County Board of Health, which historically consisted of the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners, a representative from the city of Goldendale, and a representative from the city of Bingen/White Salmon. Currently, the Board of Health is the County Board of Commissioners plus two citizen representatives, Erinn Quinn and Sue Pennington.

Policy development for health department programs is guided by the Board of Health. Quarterly Board of Health meetings are open to the public and advertised in the local newspapers.  Currently, the quarterly meetings are held at the commissioner's chambers in the Klickitat County Court House in Goldendale and alternately in the Klickitat County Pioneer Center in White Salmon. The Board of Health sets policies for environmental health and personal health services.


We care for our community with compassion, respect, and integrity.


A healthy community sharing equitable access to a clean, safe environment.


Accountability, Compassion, Equity, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility