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.
Flu Clinics Announced!
It's time for you to get your annual flu shot! Thank you to everyone who came to the flu clinic on Thursday, October 9. If you missed it, you STILL have time to get your flu shot for the year.
Our next flu clinic is Thursday, October 23 at Turkey Valley Schools from 2:30--6:00. We will also hold a flu clinic on Thursday, October 30 at North Winneshiek Schools from 2:30--6:00.
If these times do not work for you, you can stop in on a walk-in basis to our offices starting Monday, October 13 from 8:30--4:00 Monday thru Friday.
We have the FluMist, the quadrivalent vaccine (protects against 4 strains of influenza) and some high dose vaccine. We accept Medicare so bring your Medicare cards with you to the clinic. We also accept check or cash. Cost: at the flu clinics the cost is $30 for the flu shot or $35 for the FluMist. walk-ins: Flu Shot $35; FluMist $40.
Think PINK in October!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...a time when women and men are encouraged to wear pink as a token of creating awareness that breast cancer affects women and men. We encourage you to do monthly breast self exams and to get your annual mammogram!
Healthy Lung Month--Quit Smoking!
October is Healthy Lung Month and time to take the first step toward quitting tobacco. Quitline Iowa has resources to help you. Expert Quit Coaches are ready to support you throughout the quitting process. When you enroll, they will help create a Quitting Plan with your needs in mind. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or log on to www.quitlineiowa.org today for details
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.