Health

 

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Mission Statement

Members

Documents

Health News and Articles

Environmental Health

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Links

Contact

 

 

Mission Statement

Celebrate National Public Health Week April 7-13, 2014!

Today’s public health professionals are helping individuals and communities navigate the changing world of public health.

 

Health Department

Iowa County Health Department is the official agency of the County responsible for the promotion of wellness, prevention of disease and provision of a healthful environment. This is accomplished through activities involving assessment of the community, policy development and evaluation of programs.

 

 

Health Dept. Workers

 

Members

Staff Members (Left to Right)
Kathy Key, Secretary
Kari Bennett, RN, BSN
Ann Thompson, RN, BSN
Jenny Pritchett, Health Officer, MPH, RN, CIC

 

Environmental Health Consultant:
Troy Moris

 

Committee on Health Members:
Greg Parman
Phillip Mrozinski
Linda Pittz
John Meyers
Sue Steudel
Steve Deal
Tom Howard

 

Medical Advisor:
Dr. Peter Mullin

 

Advisory Member:
Yvonne Eide, Division of Public Health

 

 

Documents

Iowa County Notice of Privacy Practices Regarding Health Information

Iowa County Among Wisconsin's Healthiest

Strategic Plan

Cold Weather Health Advisory

Public Health Highlights

Iowa County Health Department Annual Report

Iowa County Health Needs Assessment

Well Woman Program

Health Care Providers & Programs

Public Health Services

Immunization Clinics

Parenting Resources

Med Drop

Wisconsin Immunization Registry Parent Brochure

 

 

Health News and Articles

Take Back Unused Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back 2014

Surgeon General Projects 5.6 Million American Children Will Die Prematurely Unless Current Smoking Rates Drop

Public Health Highlights Newsletter-Winter 2013-2014

Holiday Flu Shots

Wisconsin Ranks 29th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

Chickenpox is a Serious Disease!

Holiday Season Flu Shots

Immunization Changes

Tick Press Release May 2013

 

Security Health Plan awards $134,000 for community and child health programs

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, a health maintenance organization sponsored by Marshfield Clinic, today announced 17 recipients of Healthy Communities Mini-Grants, an investment of $134,000 in the members and communities it serves. The Iowa County Health Department was awarded $9,000 for adolescent vaccination promotion and health education campaign.

 

“Security Health Plan believes in the value of partnerships in improving the health and well-being of our communities and our neighbors,” said Chief Administrative Officer Steve Youso. “These mini-grants are another way Security Health Plan is investing responsibly in programs that address significant health issues facing us. These investments push these focuses beyond the walls of our doctors’ offices and healthcare facilities, and into the communities we serve.” “These organizations are embarking on projects that will touch communities in a variety of ways.” said Youso. “I know that I speak for our Security Health Plan family when I say that we are looking forward to seeing the fruits of this partnership.”

 

The mini-grants are being presented to non-profit organizations focusing on three health areas that need greater attention - children’s health, behavioral health and health literacy. To evaluate mini-grant applications Security Health Plan teamed with leaders already working on these health priorities, said Jason Shrader, community benefits and prevention program manager.

 

More information on the Iowa County Health Department’s new community health campaign will be coming in January 2014!

 

 

Get a Flu Shot:

NO EXCUSES! GET A FLU SHOT


Health Officials Look to Dispel Myths that
Keep Some People from Getting Vaccinated


You have probably seen a sign at your neighborhood pharmacy, “Flu Shots Available Here”, or maybe your workplace is holding a flu shot clinic. It seems wherever we go these days, there are reminders that now is the time to get a flu shot.


“The timing and intensity of a flu season is always unpredictable and can vary from region to region of the country,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. “Really, there is no time like the present to get a flu shot.”


While the vaccine has been touted for years as the best way to avoid the flu, there are plenty of misconceptions that persist that make some people wary about getting the vaccine. “It’s unfortunate that misinformation could prevent people from protecting themselves, family, friends and co-workers,” Anderson said. “It’s time we dispel those myths!”


1. “I got a flu shot, but I got the flu anyway!”


The flu shot cannot cause influenza. If someone gets sick with the flu after getting the shot, it is likely because they were exposed to the virus before they got the shot, or were exposed during the time it takes to develop immunity after getting the shot. It is also possible to be infected with another respiratory virus (like a cold) during the flu season. The flu shot only protects against influenza, not other viruses. While the flu shot is not 100% effective, it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.


2. “I got a flu shot last year. Besides, if everyone around me gets the shot, why should I?”


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for just about everyone 6 months old and older. Immune protection declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the best protection. Even if you’re young and healthy, you can still get the flu if everyone around you has been vaccinated. Flu viruses are unpredictable and every year puts you at risk again. Another reason to get vaccinated is to protect your close contacts, some of whom are likely to be at risk of complications from the flu, such as young children, older people, pregnant women, and those with underlying illnesses.


3. “I heard the flu vaccine isn’t safe.”


Manufacturers of flu vaccines are closely monitored by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Flu vaccines have been administered for more than 50 years and have a very good safety record.


4. “I hate shots.”


The minor, short-term pain of a flu shot is nothing compared to having the flu, which can make you sick for several days, send you to the hospital, or worse. However, most healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 through 49 can opt for the nasal-spray flu vaccine, which is a great option for people who don’t like shots.


5. “I waited too long to get a flu shot.”


While the best time to get a flu shot is when they first become available, the flu season is unpredictable and can begin early in the fall and last late into spring. As long as the flu season continues, it’s not too late to get your flu shot.


To get your flu shot, contact your health care provider, local public health department, tribal health clinic, or go to www.flu.wisconsin.gov to find a flu vaccination center near you.


Besides the flu shot, there are some common sense measures we should all take to avoid viruses of all types, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with the upper sleeve. If using a tissue, throw it away after one use.
  • Use your own drinking cups and straws.
  • Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest, and do not smoke.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces like door knobs, telephones, faucets, refrigerator door handles, etc.


The flu season in Wisconsin generally runs from autumn to spring with peak activity around late-January or February. To learn more about influenza, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/influenza/ or call the Iowa County Health Department at (608) 930-9870.

 

Environmental Health

Testing and Controlling Home Radon is a Wise Investment

Radon testing is a small investment that can pay big dividends for homeowners.  The Iowa County Health Department has FREE radon test kits available November through March.  Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and enters houses through their foundations.  Breathing radon for extended times increases the risk of lung cancer.  Since radon is widespread and concentrations vary greatly from home to home, every home having contact with the ground should be tested.

If your home’s radon level is elevated, the risk of lung cancer and potential loss of a loved one can be serious.  However, a home’s radon level can be substantially reduced.  The cost for reducing radon in your home is $900 - $1,500, and the investment could make a home easier to sell.

More than 50 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin are nationally certified and install highly-effective systems.  Thousands of systems are installed in existing homes in Wisconsin each year.  When having a new home built, features that reduce radon entry can be included for little added cost.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for several thousand preventable lung cancer deaths each year.  State statistics indicate that between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have elevated airborne concentrations of radon in significantly occupied spaces.

For comprehensive radon information, go to www.lowradon.org.   Call the Iowa County Health Department at (608) 930-9870 or stop in at their office at 303 W. Chapel Street, Suite 2200, to pick up a free radon kit.

 

 

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Create A Plan

Preparedness for Emergencies

Emergency Planning Guide For Daycare Centers

 

 

Links

State Health Boards & Directors

www.walhdab.org

 

Center for Disease Control

www.cdc.gov

 

WI Department of Health Services

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

 

WI Influenza Information

www.pandemic.wisconsin.gov

 

Wisconsin Immunization Registry

https://dhswir.org

 

 

Contact

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday

 

303 W. Chapel St.

Floor 2, Suite 2200

Dodgeville, WI 53533

608 930-9870