To protect, promote and improve the health of ALL individuals and families in our community.
Public Health overview
Rice County Public Health functions through the authority of the Rice County Community Health Board and has the responsibility to assure that the health of Rice County residents is protected, maintained and enhanced (Minnesota Statute 145A). The Local Public Health Act in 2003 legislated areas of responsibility for local health departments. The six areas of public health responsibility are as follows:
- Assure an adequate local public health infrastructure
- Promote healthy communities and healthy behavior
- Prevent the spread of infectious disease
- Protect against environmental health hazards
- Prepare for and respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery
- Assure the quality and accessibility of health services
View the most recent Public Health calendar.
Rice County Public Health documents
- 2022 Rice County Public Health Annual Report
- Breastfeeding Policy
- Emergency numbers
- Nondiscrimination and Accessibility statement
- Privacy practices
- Rice County Public Health Leadership Team
- Tobacco-free Grounds Policy
Deb PurfeerstPublic Health Director
Rice County Government Services Building
320 Third St. NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Rice County Government Services Building 320 Third St. NW Faribault MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-6111Fax: 507-332-5932
Toll Free: 888-200-4807
Minnesota Poison Control System:
Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline:
651-201-5655 or 1-877-366-3455
- What is Rice County doing to be ready for health emergencies?
Rice County Public Health is actively involved, along with the Minnesota Department of Health and other local public health agencies, in developing and testing health emergency response plans. Contact us at 507-332-6111 or visit
- What is WIC and whom does it serve?
WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children and is a supplemental food and nutrition program for income eligible persons with nutritional need. WIC serves pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants up to one year of age and children up to 5 years of age. Contact Rice County WIC at 507-332-5906 or visit the Women, Infants, & Children page.
- How do I find health information in languages other than English?
Rice County Public Health may also be a resource for multi-lingual health information. You can also view these resources.