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Rush County Community Health Assessment

Health Officer:

Helen Steussy, M.D.
 Dr Helen Steusey


Rush County Courthouse
101 East Second Street, Room 105
Rushville Indiana 46173


765-932-3103 or 765-932-2216




Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8 AM-4 PM
Public Health Emergency:
Available 24/7  Contact EMA Director 317-752-2073

Marge Amos, RN
Dixie Meyer, Staff Nurse
Sharon Brown, Vital Records
Office Manager, Sherry McKinney,
Terri Nigh, Environmentalist & Food Safety Inspection Officer 

Health Board Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of each month, January through November, 7 p.m. in Health Dept. office, Room 105 in the Rush County Courthouse. Public welcome.
Board Minutes archive.

Flu and Pneumonia vaccines are available while quantity lasts.  Free will donations accepted.

Immunization Clinic for Children: For complete information on Immunization Clinic for Children click here.
Vital Records: The RCHD Vital Records Division is responsible for recording all birth and deaths within Rush County and recording legal name changes.
Services provided for a fee: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Genealogy Research.  Birth and death records are available for anyone who was born or died in Rush County since 1882.
Senior Health Screenings: Senior Health Screenings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at the Rush County Senior Center, 504 West 3rd St., Rushville, IN. Included are the following: blood pressure, pulse, respiration, hemoglobin, weight, and blood sugar. Health Education will be included during the screening program. Referrals for private physicians will be made when needed. This is available to all Rush County senior citizens at no cost.

Roles & Responsibilities:


The Rush County Health Department (RCHD) was established to promote and enforce public health laws and needs.

The Rush County Health Department:

  • Records vital records including births, deaths and legal name changes.
  • Investigates environmental concerns/complaints and oversees residential/commercial sewage disposal systems in the county.
  • Provides public health nursing, childhood immunizations and tracks  communicable diseases in the county.

The Public Health Officer is responsible for planning, coordinating, and educating on any health emergency issues for Rush County.

Fees: Click here for fee schedule for services

Residential On Site Septic System Permit Process (download)

The following information is designed to guide you through the Residential On Site Septic System process for Rush County, Indiana. All guidelines are in accordance with those set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health and 410 IAC 6.8-3. You must contact the Rush County Health Department before you begin installing an On Site Septic System at (765) 932-2216.

For Commercial site installation, please contact the Environmental Health Specialist at (765) 932-2216, or (765) 932-3103, for further guidance.
On-site Septic System information available in both English and Spanish

Residents of Walker and Posey Townships in Western Rush County Regional Sewer and Water District

If you are a resident of Walker or Posey Townships, primarily in the towns of Arlington, Homer, or Manilla, you must contact the Western Rush County Regional Sewer and Water District and hook up to the municipal wastewater system, if available at your home site.

Please contact (765) 663-5871 to confirm the status of your property. The following information form (download) must be completed by residents of Walker and Posey Townships, before the application for an On-Site Septic System will be processed for Permit, by the Rush County Health Department.

Food Permits:

"The Rush County Health Department issues Retail Food Establishment Permits  to Temporary Event Vendors, as well as all establishments that serve food to the general public. All vendors must contact the Environmental Health Specialist at(765) 932-3103. Please be advised that you must have a Certified Food Handler (410 IAC 7-22) on staff, or your application will not be approved. Please be prepared to present a copy of your certification to the Food Safety Inspector, when setting up for a Temporary Event in Rush County." Application forTemporary Food Event Vendors (download). 

Temporary Food Vendor information English and Spanish.

Farmers Market Vendor Information English and Spanish.

National Restaurant Association recommends the following websites:
For ServSafe Manager:
For ServSafe Food Handler: and

Additional Information:

Rush County Ordinance No. 2011-9: Tattoo, Piercing, and Body Modification

Rush County Health rankings:

Indiana Indicators:

Indiana State Dept. of Health

Center for Disease Control

Rush County Purdue Extension

Rush Memorial Hospital

Meridian Health Services

Center Stone Mental Health

Emergency Preparedness videos for individuals utilizing American Sign Language:

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