Health Department

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  • New! Covid Drive Thru
    Morton High School
    6915 Grand Ave.
    Hammond, IN
    Starting: August 11 - August 15
    Time: 9am-6pm

  • New! Covid Testing Site

School City of East Chicago, Administration Building
1401 E. 144th St, East Chicago, IN, 46312
August 10th-12
August 17th - November 30th
Weekdays Only

8:00am - 12:00pm
12:30pm - 4:30pm
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Insurance accepted, Free without insurance

  • Walgreens Testing Site

720 W. Chicago Ave

East Chicago IN, 46312

Self-Administered Test

Time: Seven days a week, 9am  - 12 pm, 12:30pm - 4pm

Price: Insurance accepted, Free without insurance

The EC Health DPT is resuming public services with modified safety protocols. Please call 219-391-8467 or check out our FAQ sections for these instructions.

Vision Statement

The Health Department team endeavors to promote a healthy and informed community by promoting:

  • Community health education
  • Crisis Interventions
  • Preventive Practices
  • Risk of harm reduction strategies
  • Wellness activities and initiatives

Our goal is to increase healthy lifestyle choices and outcomes for East Chicago residents and the surrounding communities.

Methods for Achievement

This aim is achieved through; community partnerships with public and private partners, businesses, social service agencies, faith based entities and health provider organizations

It is through and with you that together we make a positive difference in the lives of each other.


  • Health Inspectors were certified by the State of Indiana as Standardized Food Program Inspection Officers.
  • Recently organized a Task Force and partnership with the East Chicago Police Department and Inspectors to form a Task Force on the management and control of the Pit Bull animal population in the City.
  • Secured a grant to fund the upcoming STD Clinic.
  • Successfully completed a state-mandated timed emergency preparedness medication dispensing drill in 22 minutes compared to the average estimated time of 1 to 2 hours.

Department Fun Facts

  • East Chicago is one of only two cities statewide that continues to operate and manage a local health department for its residents
  • The East Chicago Health Department is the only Health Department in northwest and central Indiana that operates an Animal Control Division at the local level.
  • Indiana Health Commissioner Visits East Chicago, Dr. Adams was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as the Indiana State Health Commissioner on October 22, 2014.


Frequently asked questions concerning birth certificates, death certificates, amendments, and paternity affidavits.


No cash payments accepted for any services at the Health Department.

We accept money orders, cashier’s checks or debit/credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).