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Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service has been proudly serving the residents of Winneshiek County for over half a century with their public health and home health care needs. This agency is dedicated to maintaining the health of our community through communicable disease surveillance, safe water and sanitation issues and prevention of health problems. We are an official Home Health Agency, certified as a participating agency under the Health Insurance Benefits Program XVIII and XIX (Medicare and Medicaid).

Our staff provides health education programs (CPR, farm safety, prevention of HIV and AIDs, Child Passenger Seat Safety, lead poisoning, radon, etc), health promotion clinics (immunization, foot, blood pressure, etc.) and monitoring of current health issues in the community.

We also provide skilled nursing care at home for individuals needing treatments, diet and medication management, blood work, care management and health teaching. To help individuals stay in their homes, we have excellent care provided by Home Care Aides who assist with personal cares, exercises and light housekeeping.

Office visits are also available for health supervision and counseling, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and lead screening.

Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service is governed by the Winneshiek County Board of Health, which consists of 5 individuals who donate their time in service to the county. As a county agency, we are also under the wing of the local Board of Supervisors, one of whom serves on the Board of Health. The Board of Health determines agency policy, controls budget, and monitors health issues in the county.

Anyone in Winneshiek County, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status, is eligible for our services. Home health services are provided if the doctor and nurse believe care can adequately and safely be given in the home. Anyone can contact our agency and request service – physicians, nurses, social and health agencies, schools, families and individuals.

The agency accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance for payments. For those without a payment source, a sliding fee scale is adjusted to fit their income. No one is denied service because of finances.

Childhood Lead Testing

Childhood Lead Testing

Winneshiek County Public Health is able to provide you child with lead testing at school.  All students enrolled in kindergarten are required to have one lead test before starting school.  We are offering testing at a discounted rate of $25.  If your child has Medicaid or Title 19 for insurance, they must be tested at their doctor's office or at public health to get it done at no cost.  However, if you wish to pay the $25, it can be done at school.  The testing gives us immediate results and will be submitted to the State Lead Bureau and your doctor's office.  Please complete the form below indicating if you wish to have your child's lead level tested and send payment back to the school with the form by March 10 for testing in April.  Checks can be made out to Winneshiek County Public Health.  Please contact Karla or Selina at 563-382-4662 with any questions.

We Were Left Out of the Phone Book!

We Were Left Out of the Phone Book!

We were recently notified that we were left out of the telephone book!  We are looking into the situation but, in the meantime be sure to write this number down and give us a call for nursing visits and cares, personal cares, Vaccinations, Happy Feet Clinics and so much more.  Call us at 563-382-4662!

Get Screened!

Get Screened!

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened. Talk with your doctor today!

What to Worry About!

What to Worry About!

Not sure what to worry about?  Worry about accidents!!  Studies show that road injuries kill more people than AIDS.  Falls kill nearly three times as many people as brain cancer.  Drowning claims more lives than mothers dying in childbirth.  Both fire and poisonings have many more fatal victims than natural disasters.  The combined death toll from all unintentional injuries in 2013 was 3.5 million people.  Only heart disease and stroke were greater killers.  (Lancet).  What can you do?  Be careful.  Take your time.  Wear seatbelts and cycle helmets.  Stay sober.  Learn how to swim.  Follow label directions.  Only we can prevent injuries.  Take care of yourself and pay attention to what's going on around you.  Stay safe.

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Remember to spring forward this Saturday night/Sunday morning.  Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour...it's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Mission Statement: To promote, preserve, enhance and protect the health and well-being of all persons in the community... realizing that HEALTH CARE is the fundamental right of every human being without distinction because of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, social or financial status.
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