The Crawford County Health Department is celebrating Public Health Week by focusing on two of its many programs that impact the health and well-being of the community.
CCHD provides services to residents from the youngest to the eldest. This includes the Women, Infants and Children program, better known as WIC, for mothers, babies and children up to age five. The goal is to give the best possible start for a long healthy life.
CCHD has specially trained staff who provide education and counseling to promote health and wellness from before delivery to the child's fifth birthday. The income guidelines have increased recently and we are now offering "Walk-In-WIC" and "Quick WIC" on specified days and evenings.
CCHD also provides a very beneficial service to the county by offering lab services at a significantly reduced cost to aid in the prevention of disease and maintenance of health. There are no income guidelines for this service. If you have insurance, your individual deductible must be $1,000 or greater.
Among the other services offered locally are blood pressure, cholesterol, genetic, lead, otoacoustic emissions, drug, vision and hearing screenings.
There is also breastfeeding support, communicable disease control, emergency planning and preparedness, food establishment inspections, flu, pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations and other immunizations, counseling, behavior health, family case management, parentage testing, private well and sewer inspections and fecal immunochemical testing.
The department offers the "Bright Smiles" program, telehealth sessions, school health services and lab specimen collection. It performs jail visits, investigates public nuisance complaints and possible rabies exposures and West Nile/mosquito surveillance.