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Water Safety

"Forever 15: Tragedy on the Water" was the concept of Waco Lake Park Rangers, Elizabeth Anderson and Randall McCartney. A mock drowning filmed by Waco Independent School District film students May 4 and a recovery operation conducted May 22 was all part of an elaborate water safety public service announcement, following the already successful "Shattered Dreams" program that involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash on or near a high school campus.

The real-time recovery operation was conducted in full view of about 120 students from the Bosqueville Independent School District. The program was embraced by the schools, City of Waco, Bosqueville county and civic and private organizations.

Click This link to learn more about the program and view the videos.


Health District Clinics:

The Health District accepts the following insurance & Medicaid Managed Care Plans:

• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Superior Medicaid Managed Care Plan
• Right Care Medicaid Managed Care Plan
• Traditional Medicaid

Lead Poisoning Prevention:

Data shows 1.3% of local children have lead concentrations in their blood higher than 10 mg/dL which is double that of the state of Texas at 0.6%.  About 60% of local housing was built before 1980 when lead-containing household paint was commonly used.

Studies show lead-exposed children, or adults exposed as children perform worse than average on tests of fine motor skills, language, memory, learning, attention, and executive function (Lidsky et al., 2006).

Waco Human Environmental Exposure to Lead (WHEEL) Initiative is working to find a solution.  Visit to learn more.

It's Time to Breathe Well Waco!

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is excited to announce that our District and Community Services campus is Tobacco-Free!!

For more information about the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, click here.

You may also find resources for quitting smoking under the Health Education tab.

Community Engagement:

Live Well Waco Coalition

A community coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of McLennan County residents through collaborative community action, education, and prevention.


Healthy Babies Coalition

The Healthy Babies Coalition is a joint initiative by several community agencies, churches and area hospitals formed to decrease infant mortality in the Waco-McLennan County area.












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