Buffalo County Public Health (BCPH) will offer the following health screenings and services in August:
Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) clinics
Buffalo and Pepin County residents are served by the Buffalo-Pepin WIC program, headquartered in Alma. WIC is a preventative health and nutrition education program for eligible women (pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum), infants, and children under five years of age. WIC serves families who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level and who have a health or nutrition need; many working families are eligible. The program provides nutritious food; nutrition education; breastfeeding support; and health screening for growth, anemia, and lead poisoning. Clients are seen by appointment only at the clinics listed below; please call 715-495-1556 to schedule an appointment.
Buffalo County Courthouse, 407 South Second Street, floor three, on August 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on August 16 from 1-5 p.m.
Pepin County Government Center, 740 Seventh Avenue, floor two, on August 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on August 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, 221 West Main Street, on August 13 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC)
A service offered to qualifying pregnant women interested in personal and family support, nutrition, health, and wellness education, information on how to have a health pregnancy, guidance on becoming a new parent, connection to community resources that meet your needs, and care coordination with medical providers. Those interested may call the public health nurse at 608-685-6329.
BCPH offers a variety of vaccinations to children ages 0 through 18. Most immunizations are free of charge to qualifying individuals. Immunizations can be scheduled by calling the public health nurse at 608-685-6329.
Radon test kits
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon test kits are available for $10 at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Free fluoride supplements
Oral fluoride supplements are available for individuals six months through 16 years of age. A water test for those not on city water supplies is required to determine the existing level of fluoride in your water; this test can be obtained from the health department. Please call 608-685-6329 for more information.
BCPH offers water testing for bacteria ($20), nitrates ($15), and arsenic ($25). It is recommended to test your private well annually. The safety of your private well is your responsibility. Please call and order a kit or stop in and pick one up at the Department of Health and Human Services.
To schedule appointments, if needed, or for more information about any of these screenings and services, please call Buffalo County Public Health at 608-685-4412 or visit its website at http://www.buffalocounty.com/331/Public-Health. You can also check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/buffalocountypublichealth for healthful tips or stop in. It’s located on the third floor of the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma.