Greene County Public Health interacts with the community at large through immunization clinics, H.O.P.E.S. program, Child and Adolescent Health services and many other programs. They provide comprehensive services through the county's Public Health Agency.
Public Health Services
Greene County Public Health offers a community loan closet. Medical equipment such as canes, walkers, bedside commodes, bath benches and wheelchairs can be borrowed by calling Public Health.
Community Needs Assessment/Health Improvement Plan
A process of collaboration with partners and residents of Greene County to identify and address health needs of the population.
Health Maintenance Program
For clients with stable, chronic conditions that could benefit from nursing visits 1-2 times a month for assistance with:
- Medication monitoring, set-up and education
- Short-term administration of injections
- Teaching and nursing interventions
- Maintenance of current illness/condition at highest possible level
- Team approach with services
- Evaluation visits for assessment of physical, emotional, home or environmental safety
- Referrals to other community resources as needed (pharmacists, physicians, home care providers, hospitals, nursing homes, congregate meals, etc.)
Fees are based on a sliding fee scale or grant funding (must meet financial guidelines).
Lifeline Emergency Response System
Lifeline personal emergency response system units bring peace of mind to individuals and families in the Greene County Medical Center service area. The Medical Alert Button provides access to trained care specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
Coordinated Care Services
Free follow-up visits after hospital discharge to ensure smooth transition, communication with physician and knowledge of community resources.
Unlocking Brain Fitness: Keys to Dementia Prevention
Greene County Public Health partners with the Alzheimer's Association and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines to offer this 10-week, evidence-based program designed to reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 70%. The course is offered several times per year for those 55 and older who do not have a diagnosis of dementia or significant cognitive decline. Contact Public Health at 515-386-3228 for more information on the course and fees.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Stop the Bleed Classes
Regional community members and businesses are encouraged to participate in life-saving training with Greene County Public Health. Classes in CPR, First Aid and Stop the Bleed classes can be arranged to fit into nearly any schedule. Contact Public Health for details and costs.
Sun-Safety Community Project
Each summer, the Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health and Human Services join forces to educate about the dangers of sun exposure and the way to promote healthy skin protection habits. Greene County Public Health oversees the annual program, providing regional residents with details on how to remain sun safe as well as distributing free sunscreen.
Child Passenger Safety Program
Greene County Public Health has certified child passenger safety technicians ready to assist with the installation of car seats and/or checking to ensure the car seat is safe. Participants are guided through the seat installation process and will be connected with appropriate resources for any special needs. A new car seat is also provided at no cost to those who complete the installation education.
Emergency Preparedness & Response
The Public Health department has developed preparedness plans, and purchased tools and resources to help us prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
In addition, community members are encouraged to participate in the Greene County Medical Reserve Corp, a network of medical and non-medical volunteers who support public health and emergency management agencies throughout the Greene County area during disasters and other times of need. These volunteers also provide valuable service to area residents through the Healthy Rides Program. The Greene County Medical Reserve Corp is a unit of the national Medical Reserve Corps, and is managed locally by Greene County Public Health. Call 515-386-3228 for more information.
Blood Pressure Clinic
A weekly blood pressure clinic is held at Public Health on Monday from 12-1:30 p.m. A donation of $1.00-$2.00 is appreciated. No appointments are needed.
Communicable Disease Prevention
Public Health works with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and local healthcare providers, daycare centers and school nurses to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and educate the public about infection prevention.
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