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Horizon Public Health

Tel: (320) 634-7822
Fax: (320) 634-0159
Email: Horizon Public Health
211 East Minnesota Avenue, Glenwood, MN 56334

Services and Responsibilities

Pope County is served by Horizon Public Health, an integrated five county public health department serving the residents of Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties. Established January 1, 2015, Horizon Public Health is governed by a 13 member Board, comprised of 11 county commissioners from the 5 counties and 2 community representative. Commissioners Larry Kittelson and Larry Lindor represent Pope County.

Public Health Services
  • Identification/assessment of community health needs, coordination of services/activities with other agencies, communities and individuals to plan interventions and evaluate response.
  • Coordinate and case manage services as a collaborative effort with Pope County Family Services for persons requiring assistance to continue to live in the community as part of state funded programs.
  • Long term care consultation - State required screening prior to nursing home admission. Also required for participation in community based state funded programs such as AC (alternative care), EW (elderly waiver) and CADI (community alternatives for disabled individuals).
  • Maternal child health services provide prenatal and postpartum education for mothers and infants, assessments for risk factors including childhood injury prevention.
  • Family health services provide assessment and education regarding growth and development, case management and referral to other appropriate agencies. Provide mentoring services through home visiting.
  • WIC - Women, Infants and Children supplemental food program. Sponsored at federal level by USDA.
  • Family planning services include education, information and access to services as part of Minnesota Department of Health grant.
  • Early Childhood Screening and Child and Teen Checkup. Components include vision, hearing, development, and physical screening for children ages 0-21.
  • Immunizations. Monthly clinics for childhood, school age and adult immunizations.
  • Cooperate with Minnesota Department of Health for reporting disease as well as coordination of services for outbreak or contact investigation.
  • Licensing and inspection of food, beverage and lodging establishments, mobile home parks and campgrounds.
  • Provide inspection, consultation and enforcement services to prevent the spread of disease from public health nuisances.
Alcohol Prevention Grant Awarded
Pope County Public Health has received a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG), a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

The focus of the grant is to mobilize community to reduce alcohol use in 6th-12th graders, reduce binge drinking in 9th -12th graders and reduce binge drinking in 18-25 year olds. Against Substance Abuse in Pope County(ASAP) is a local coalition that has been formed to assess community norms around alcohol use and to develop implementation strategies to address alcohol use issues in the target population. To join ASAP, or request further information regarding the project, contact Shelley Svec with Pope County Public Health at 320-634-7834.
Assistant Administrator Horizon Public Health
Sharon Braaten

Informational Links

(320) 634-7700 - Pope County Courthouse - 130 E. Minnesota Avenue - Glenwood, MN 56334
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