Portsmouth Ohio

Where Southern Hospitality Begins

Portsmouth City Health Department

Air Division

The Portsmouth Local Air Agency (PLAA) is a contractual representative with Ohio EPA which enforces state and federal air pollution control regulations in Adams, Brown, Scioto, and Lawrence counties in Southern Ohio. PLAA staff prepare permits for industrial and commercial air pollution sources, conducts facility inspections and complaint investigations, reviews facility compliance and emission reports, and responds to odor, dust, and open burnings complaints.


Welcome to the Portsmouth City Health Department Vital Statistics. Any questions, comments, or information you need, please call using the contact information found in the Personnel and Contact Information section.

Drug Free Communities Support Program

Environmental Health

View information about the Portsmouth Health Department's various Environmental Health programs.


The Care and Prevention division of the Portsmouth City Health Department is dedicated to providing free counseling, education, and testing opportunities in our eleven county area of service. In addition, we also provide free CDC and ODH sanctioned programs, such as, Voices/Voces and Healthy Relationships.

Injury Prevention

The Office of Injury Prevention serves to promote injury prevention through a combination of education, environmental engineering, and the provision of safety devices known to reduce injuries and death. The overall goal of the Office of Injury Prevention is to reduce the incidence of unintentional injuries in an effort to reduce the incidence of accident-related disabilities and death.

Land Reutilization Program

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Infrastructure (now known as Public Health Emergency Preparedness) Grant has been funded by the Ohio Department of Health since 2002. The goal of the PHEP program is to equip and prepare local health departments to better address bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.

Public Health Nursing Services

View information about Portsmouth's Public Health Nursing Services

Rental Licensing

The goal of the Rental Licensing Program is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of all occupants in all rental dwellings as hereinafter provided by inspection and enforcement of the International Property Maintenance Code and Codified Ordinances of the city of Portsmouth, fixing the responsibilities of owners, operators and occupants of all rental dwellings.

Ryan White

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was an Act of the U.S. Congress named in honor of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984, and was expelled from school because of the disease.