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Public Health

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

Services and Responsibilities

Pope County Public Health operates as an individual county public health agency and through a joint powers agreement as a member of Mid-State Community Health Services (Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse Counties). Services are provided in two main program areas.

State awards grants to build a local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes

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.
  • Serve as an information resource for groups and individuals. Provide health related educational presentations on request.
  • 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.
  • Preadmission Screening - 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.
  • Activities to decrease youth access to tobacco. Coalition building, licensing tobacco vendors, public and vendor education.
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 Laura Backhaus with Pope County Public Health at 320-634-7835.
Sharon Braaten

Informational Links

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