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.
Are You Covered?
Will you have insurance on January 1, 2014? If you are one of many who will no longer have coverage or want to review some other options available to you, consider checking out the link below. Here you can enter information and review possible health insurance plans without having to create an account on the Marketplace website. Don't delay. You must be enrolled and have paid your first month's premium by December 23 to have coverage effective January 1. Need help accessing information or need answers to questions? Contact Winneshiek County Public Health to schedule an appointment with our Certified Application Counselor.
It's time for your flu shot and to update your tetanus shot! Protect yourself from the flu now!
Winneshiek County Public Health is accepting walk-ins for flu shots from 9Am--4PM Monday-Friday.
Flu shot for 36 months and up: $35;
Flu shot for 6 months-35 months: $30. Be sure to bring your Medicare cards.
You'll also be checked to be sure your tetanus is up to date. All adults need an updated Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) shot to help protect the unvaccinated babies from pertussis or whooping cough. Cost for this vaccine is $50. Adults only need 1 booster of the Tdap so get yours today and help everyone stay healthy.
Happy Feet Clinics
Have you made your Foot Clinic appointment yet??
We’ve added additional morning appointments to help accommodate your schedule. We now offer Foot Clinics each Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 and the first and third Thursdays from 9:30-11:30. Make your appointment today and keep your feet happy!!
Check out the PINK recycling containers at the Winneshiek County Recycling Center in Freeport! It's a great awareness and reminder to get your mammogram and do monthly breast exams not just in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) but EVERY month. Make every month PINK!
Did the cold weather take you by surprise?! If you haven't already, now is the time to get your car in shape for winter weather driving and hazards.
- Fill up an old coffee can with some snacks and a flashlight.
- Be sure you have blankets and a 1st Aid kit in the car.
- How about some drinking water?
- Make sure your gas tank doesn't get below 1/4 of a tank. Is your cell phone charged?
- Have a list of emergency numbers to call in case you hit the ditch or get stranded in winter weather.
Not taking a drive?
- Wear layers to help stay warm.
- Be sure to wear and zip or button your winter coat,
- wear a hat or hood and mittens or gloves.
- Warm socks and shoes or boots are necessary to keep your feet warm.
- If you don't have to be out in the cold, don't.
Keep in mind this is Iowa and the weather always changes...just wait a few minutes!
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.