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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.

Did You See That????

Did You See That????

Now that school is just around the corner, it's also a good time to get your or your child's eyes checked by an eye doctor.  There are lots of choices for eye doctors in the area.  You should find one that fits your family.  Even if you don't wear glasses, you should be wearing sunglasses and yes, you should get an eye exam.  Eye exams are painless but, they can check out the health of the inside of your eyes--and  you can't see that by looking in the mirror!  Are you having  headaches or are things a bit fuzzy?  IF you wear glasses do you get your eyes checked each year or just when you notice a difference?  For your eye's health, get them checked each year.  Check out this website for more information.

Back to School Shots

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!

Backpack Safety

Backpack Safety

Kids want the coolest backpack but as a parent you need to be sure the backpack is used correctly. 

  • The back pack has two straps and should be worn on both shoulders instead of slung over one shoulder. 
  • Be sure to pack the heaviest things so they will be closest to your child's back.
  •  Be sure that the backpack and its contents don't weigh more than 15f your child's body weight (this is the weight pediatricians and physical therapists recommend).  If it weighs more, consider talking with your child or your child's teacher(s) to help determine how to lessen the load!
  •  If the backpack has a waist strap, consider using it.

 Use these tips to help prevent back injuries and back pain in your school and college aged children.

Happy Feet Clinics

Happy Feet Clinics

Have you made your Foot Clinic appointment yet??

 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!!

Take Pertussis Out of the Picture

Take Pertussis Out of the Picture

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:

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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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