Health Department

The Health Department is located in the basement, Room 12, on the east side of the Parke County Courthouse.

Local Health Department guidance and application documents can be downloaded by selecting the document you need from the bottom of this page.

The Sanitarian/Health Inspector is Liddy Dowd-Wright. Her telephone number is 765-569-4071.
Or you may choose to email Liddy at The normal hours the sanitarian/food inspector is in the office are from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, with the out of the office hours being used for inspections.

The Public Health Nurse is Kevin Rowe. Her telephone number is 765-569-3554. Or you may choose to email Kevin at Kevin is employed by the County only 15 hours per week, with her normal workdays being Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Clerk/Registrar is Cathy Delp. Her telephone number is 765-569-6665. Or you may choose to email Cathy at Cathy is normally in the office Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The sanitarian/food inspector is responsible for the Environmental Health Division of the Parke County Health Department. The Environmental Health Division is broken down into three categories: Food Protection, Wastewater and General Environmental.

The Food Protection Program inspects, regulates and issues permits to all food establishments including restaurants, bed & breakfast establishments, certified kitchens, caterers, farmer’s market vendors that are not home based vendors, temporary and mobile food establishments operating in Parke County per Food Protection Ordinance No 4, Parke County Indiana and 410 IAC 7-24. Further information regarding rules and regulations in Indiana may be found at

The Wastewater program inspects, regulates and issues permits for all residential septic systems per 410 IAC 6-8.2. All repairs to septic systems and installations of septic systems require a permit from the health department. Further information concerning rules and regulations can be found at

The General Environmental program oversees tourist homes, well water safety, meth homes, environmental complaints, public pools and campgrounds (that are not regulated by Indiana State Department of Health).

The clerk/registrar is responsible for the Vital Records Division of the Parke County Health Department. The Vital Records program issues birth certificates for individuals born in Parke County and death certificates for individuals who died in Parke County. See below for applications for birth and death certificates as well as a genealogy application.