The Ohio Department of Health works with more than 120 local agencies to protect and improve the health of individuals. It offers flu shots and other vaccines for local public health providers. The department regulates and inspects nursing homes and residential care facilities. The Ohio Department of Health provides programs that focus on abstinence education and adolescent and women s health. The department s newborn screening program identifies newborn babies who may be at risk for some serious health problems. Additionally, its dental sealant program helps protect children s dental health. The department s programs also assist with the recruitment and retention of health care professionals in underserved areas. It is governed by the state of Ohio.