Health Matters
Public Health: Prevent. Promote. Protect.

Public Health Services

The programs and services of the Community Health and Environmental Services Department protect the health and safety of community residents, promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases and disabilities which could adversely affect the current and future health of our community.
The Department provides health promotion and protection to the residents of Anoka County through:

 
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Service
  • Regulation
  • Advocacy         
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The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Anoka County WIC Program serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and newly postpartum women and children from birth to age 5.   WIC is a program for income eligible families which provides health screening and referrals, nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and vouchers for healthy foods, like milk, whole wheat bread, peanut butter, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables.  WIC offers appointments daily, Monday – Friday (except Holidays) and has same-day and future appointment scheduling available.  To see if you qualify for WIC, please call 763-422-7055 to apply or visit http://www.anokacounty.us/525/Women-Infants-Children-WIC for more information.

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Family Home Visiting

Do you have questions and want to learn more about:

  • how to take care of yourself and your baby throughout pregnancy?
  • what to expect during labor and delivery, breastfeeding support?
  • what resources are available to support your family? 
Anoka County Public Health Nurses can help!  Call 763-422-6970 or visit http://www.anokacounty.us/527/Family-Home-Visiting for more information.
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Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) works to create opportunities and resources throughout Minnesota by partnering with local community organizations to remove barriers and create equity so that the healthy choice is the easy choice.  Through the SHIP Grant, Anoka County works with community partners to reduce key risk factors of chronic disease. These initiatives include policy, systems and environmental changes that build healthy, vital communities.  Community partners such as local school districts, community food shelves, senior centers, work sites, health care, and community organizations are increasing availability and promotion of fruits and vegetables and physical activity.  Apartment building owners are opting for voluntary policies restricting smoking, resulting in less second-hand smoke for families.  SHIP is helping to create good health where we live, work and play.  For more information on SHIP in Anoka County, please contact [email protected]

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Be Prepared!

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Response is an essential Local Public Health Function - "Prepare for and Respond to Disasters, and Assist Communities in Recovery.” Anoka County PHEP provides leadership for public health preparedness activities, conducts assessments to identify potential public health hazards, develops and exercises potential public health threats, and participates in all hazard response and recovery efforts. The capacity to respond effectively is dependent on strong coordination and communication with our partners and the resiliency of our community. We collaborate with Emergency Management, hospitals, healthcare, behavioral health, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire services, public works, government administrations, elected officials, volunteer organizations and the private sector.
 
It is important to remember that even as summer transitions into fall, high temperatures are still a possibility. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity can create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Visit Ready.gov for preparedness information on extreme heat, active shooter, severe weather, pandemics and more.   
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Environmental Services

The Environmental Health section of the Community Health and Environmental Services Department provides services to protect Anoka County residents, workers, and visitors from environmental hazards. These services include regulation of businesses preparing food, providing lodging, offering access to swimming pools, generating hazardous waste, providing waste disposal services, or conducting tattooing and body piercing. Drinking water testing services and consultation are also available.  Please visit http://www.anokacounty.us/554/Environmental-Health-Services or call 763-422-7063 for more information.

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Disease Prevention & Control

DP&C works to reduce the spread and limit the adverse effects of infectious diseases in the community.  Low cost vaccinations are available for children, adolescents and adults through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) and Un-and Under-Insured Adult Vaccination Program (UUAV).  There is a $10.00 fee per shot but no one is turned away for inability to pay.  Staff conduct tuberculosis testing and provide treatment through the MDH free tuberculosis medication program.  Infectious disease investigations are done for tuberculosis and pertussis (whooping cough).  Staff members work with private health care providers to offer new refugees a comprehensive examination to screen and treat for communicable diseases and help protect the health of the community.  DP&C also monitors and assures children with elevated blood lead levels and infants at risk for perinatal hepatitis B transmission receive care according to CDC and MDH recommended guidelines.

Green Dot

Violence Prevention-Everyone has a role to play!

The causes of violence are complex and require intervention at the individual, community and societal levels.  It creates physical and emotional damage, but also creates a social and economic burden on communities.

"The Green Dot is about culture change - harnessing the power of individual choices to shift our current norms.”

Green Dot is based on the belief that individual safety is a community responsibility and shifts the lens away from victim/perpetrators and onto bystanders.  The overarching goal is to mobilize a force of engaged and proactive bystanders. Bystanders outnumber both perpetrators and victims.  Utilizing the power of the bystander to foster pro-active behavior can change a culture.  A bystander who does nothing actually encourages the violent action with their silence.
For more information on Green Dot contact Donna McDonald, 7763-422-7047 or go towww.livethegreendot.com.

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