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Community Health Programs & Services


2013 Annual Program Narratives Newsletter

Family Health Services

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives.  SHIP helps make healthier choices easier.  Improving Health - SHIP is about creating good health for parents, kids and the whole community by decreasing obesity and reducing the number of people who use tobacco and are exposed to tobacco smoke.  Please visit our website for more information, resources, and success stories:

Maternal & Child Health Home Visiting

Prenatal education and counseling to at risk, low income pregnant women in order to prevent complications with pregnancy and improve birth outcomes.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Supplemental food program for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding women; infants and children under age 5 with a strong nutritional and educational component.

Healthy Beginnings
Postpartum home visit offer to all mothers and their newborns to provide health education, screening, resource and referral.

Follow Along - Early Intervention Program
Computerized tracking system to help identify delays in infant/child growth and development through written questionnaires that are mailed out to families.

Child and Teen Checkups outreach 
The goal of this program is to improve the health of eligible children and reduce the negative impact of health problems by advocating regular and comprehensive well child check ups.

School Health
Mower County Public Health offers comprehensive school health services to select schools in Mower County.

Child Passenger Safety Seat Program
Public Health Nurses certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association provide education and training with return demonstration, to properly install car seats. See calendar of events for schedule of clinics.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Public Health Nurses work with the Minnesota Department of Health to follow up with families whose children need further testing for hearing.

Healthy Families America
An evidenced-based home visiting program started prenatally or in the first 3 months postpartum to enhance bonding, support the family in accessing resources, and promote health growth and development of the child.

Family Planning Services

Open Door Clinic
Provides education, counseling and medical family planning services for at risk, low income men and women with the purpose of promoting health and preventing unintended pregnancies. Clinics are held the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5 pm - 9 pm by appointment only. Call (507) 437-9701 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.  Please visit our website for more information on services provided:

Minnesota Family Planning Project
The Minnesota Family Planning Program is a health care program that covers family planning services and relates supplies.  For further information call Mower County Public Health at (507) 437-9701 or visit the MFPP website

STD Hotline FACTS 1-800-783-2287

Disease Prevention and Control Services

Minnesota Vaccine for Children
The Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program (MnVFC) is an enhanced version of the federally funded Vaccine for Children (VFC) program with the goal of ensuring affordable vaccine for all children in the state.

Immunization Clinics
Public immunization clinics are held every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. There is a fee of $21 per dose. No appointment necessary.

Immunization Practices Improvement Program (IPI)
IPI addresses several aspects of the immunization program: vaccine management, vaccine accountability and clinical immunization practices all help to provide quality assurance. A public health nurse is trained to help local vaccine clinics with their vaccine programs.

Lead Program
Mower County Public Health offers education, counseling, information and referral to reduce or prevent exposure to sources of lead, especially in young children.

Blood-Borne Pathogen Program
Mower County Public Health provides presentations for groups on OSHA's Blood-borne Pathogen Standards.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Surveillance
Mower County Public Health works with the Minnesota Department of Health to identify and provide follow up to mothers who have tested positive for Hepatitis B.  Follow up continues after the baby is born to assure that the baby has been properly immunized against Hepatitis B and the proper immunological testing is completed.   

Freedom to Breath
Smoking is prohibited in indoor workplaces and indoor public areas.  Public Health serves as a place of notification for the general public in the event they are concerned regarding noncompliance of the law.   

Refugee Health
Public Health Nurses assist new refugees in our community to access health and information services as well as complete Tuberculosis screening.    

Communicable Disease Outbreak Investigation and Follow Up
Investigate outbreaks of communicable disease in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health.    

Tuberculosis Case Management
If a person is diagnosed with latent or active TB a public health nurse will case manage the case by doing further contact investigation and medication management.  

Health Promotion Services

Blood Pressure Clinics
Free blood pressure clinics are held at numerous sites throughout the county.

Adult Health Services

Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO)
Care coordination for persons over age 65 on Medicare and Medicaid in Mower County.

Personal Care Attendant Screenings
Trained Public Health Nurses assess and determine an individual with disabilities needs in accomplishing activities of daily living and health-related tasks so they may continue to live in the community.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Preparedness
Coordination of local, state and national planning and preparation to act in the event of a bioterrorism or other public health threat.  

Waiver Services

Program Information for Alternative Care (AC) and Elderly Waiver (EW)
AC & EW - Waiver program for seniors that helps pay for services so they can stay in their homes

Program Information for Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver
CAC - Home and Community Based Services Waiver for children and adults who are chronically ill or medically fragile and that offers a menu of services to help people live in their community as fully, productively and independently as possible.

Program Information for Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI)
CADI - A Home and Community Based Services Waiver for children and adults who require the level of care provided in a nursing home and that offers a menu of services to help people live in their community as fully, productively and independently as possible

Program Information for Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
BI - A Home and Community Based Services Waiver for children and adults who have a diagnosis of brain injury and require the level of care provided in a specialized nursing home or a neurobehavioral hospital and that offers a menu of services to help people live in their community as fully, productively and independently as possible.

Calendar of Events

Open Door Clinic
1st Tuesday of each month from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (507) 437-9701 During regular business hours.

Public Immunization Clinic
(Effective October 1st) 1st Thursday of each month from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Cost is $21.00 per dose. No appointment needed.

Blood Pressure Clinic - Mower County Community Health
Pickett Place (Austin) - 1st Monday of each month from 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Twin Towers (Austin) - 1st Monday of each month from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Mower County Senior Center - 2nd, 4th, and 5th Monday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

WIC Clinics
Austin Location 507-437-9799
Public Health Department - Monday and Tuesday 8:00 AM - Noon, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Wednesday 8:00 AM - Noon

Car Seat Fitting Clinics
4th Thursday of each month by appointment only. Please call Mower County Public Health at (507) 437-9701 to schedule an appointment.

Children's Dental Health Services
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Please call (507) 529-0436 to schedule an appointment.

TB Skin Testing (Mantoux) Clinics
By appointment only. Cost is $30 per test.

Health & Human Services
201 1st Street NE, Suite 18
Austin, MN  55912

(507) 437-9701 


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