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.
Back to School Shots
It's time to start thinking about scheduling those back to school shots.
If you have a student heading off to college, be sure (s)he has all the required immunizations. Remember, (s)he will be living in a dorm situation and in closer living quarters than at home.
Middle schoolers may be due for an update on their tetanus and they are the right age for other vaccinations to help keep them safe.
You may be the proud parent of a soon to be kindergartener...congratulations but, you too need to bring in your child for kindergarten vaccinations.
Our experienced and compassionate nurses will help get your child school ready. Call to schedule your child's shots today!
Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses;
Avoid the sun between 10AM and 4PM when the sun's rays are the strongest;
Wear a large brimmed hat to keep the sun's rays off of your head and ears;
Wear sunscreen regularly and be sure to reapply it as often as recommended, usually every 2 hours.
In the past, we didn't know the dangers of the sun but, we've learned a lot throughout the years, so what are we supposed to do now? Be sure to check your body (or have a partner check) for new moles or changing moles. If in doubt, seek professional medical advice. Skin cancer caught early, IS treatable.
New Anti-Smoking Campaign
Starting July 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will launch a new anti-smoking campaign called, "Tips from Former Smokers." These ads are graphic and have been shown to reduce tobacco use. Studies show that 1 in 5 US adults uses some form of tobacco regularly (CDC). Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing about 480,000 Americans each year. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness from smoking. The new ads encourage smokers to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. For more info see the Quitline Iowa link below.
The Sounds of Pertussis Campaign is a joint initiative between Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes to help Raise awareness about pertussis. This site features information about the disease and the importance of vaccination. Learn more at:
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.