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Stevens/Traverse/Grant Public Health
Contact
Sandra Tubbs
Director
10 E Hwy 28
Morris, MN  56267

Ph: (320) 208-6670

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Vision:

Healthy People...

Healthy Families...

Healthy Communities...

Mission:

To promote and protect the health of individuals, families, and communities through our leadership.

                
                                               Principles:

              
                            Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health:

  • focuses on the health needs of the community as a whole
  • gives priority to the prevention of public health problems
  • works through interdisciplinary teams with community partners.
  • solves health problems by understanding their causes and distribution.

Healthy Children & Families

Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health provides individual visits in the home, clinic or community setting to families with infants and preschool children. Information, support and referral to community resources is provided by a public health nurse in the following programs:

  • Improved Pregnancy Outcome provides early pregnancy identification and prenatal information to help pregnant women have positive birth outcomes.
  • Parent Child Health Promotion provides parenting and child health information to help parents provide a healthy and stimulating environment for their babies and preschool children.
  • Children with Special Needs provides early intervention and coordination of services to help families receive a range of health, social and educational services for their special needs children.
  • Follow Along Program offers parents periodic assessment of their children's development and ideas for encouraging development through a computer assisted tracking program.
  • Family Planning Special Project provides individual family planning education and counseling, and finiancial assistance for contraception for eligible individuals. 
  • Child & Teen Checkups Outreach makes contacts from birth to 21 years, through telephone, letters or home visits to inform eligible families about the importance of well child exams and the availability of Child & Teen Checkup clinics in Stevens Traverse and Grant Counties.   
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is a federally funded program available to pregnant women, mothers who are breastfeeding and postpartum, and infants and children up to 5 years of age. WIC provides professional nutrition counseling, coupons for nutritious free foods and referrals to health and social services when needed.
  • Car seat distribution and education through Minnesota's Child Passenger Safety Program.
  • Early hearing detection and intervention and birth defects programs to assure families receive the services they need for infants with hearing loss and certain types of birth conditions.

Preventative Health Services

Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health division works with people of all ages to prevent health problems and maintain optimum health. Serves are provided in clinic, home and community settings:

  • Child and Teen Checkups are available to childeren and teens aged 2 months to 21 years and include physical exams by a nurse. Staff are available to answer questions regarding growth and development, vision and hearing, behavior problems, child care, nutrition and immunizations.
  • Long Term Care Consultation by a Public Health Nurse and Social Worker team determines the appropriateness of nursing home placement versus home care alternatives as well as the level of care needed.
  • Case Management for Waivered Clients are those visitis by a public health nurse to assess home care needs and the quality of care provided to clients on Medical Assistance Waivered and/or Alternative Care services.
  • Early Childhood Screening for children between the ages of 3 and 4 to check how your child is growing and developing and detect any possible health or learning concerns before they start school.
  • Disaster Preparedness assures that community partners come together to plan for a rapid and effective response in the event of a widespread community disaster 

Disease Prevention Control

The goal of Disease Prevention and Control services is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and promote healthy lifestyles. Services are provided in the following areas:
  • Epidemiology services include reportable disease surveillance, disease outbreak investigations and population-based health research.
  • Tuberculosis Control services are available for our communities.    
  • Immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases are provided to eligible children and adults.
  • Public Health nuisance investigation and control services identify and move for resolution of actual or potential threats to the health of the population.

Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
  • Women - Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Infants - up to one year of age
  • Children - age one to five

 


Do you quailify or know someone who would qualify for free supplemental foods, nutrition education and parenting ideas? Then WIC is the place for you. Save on food costs, recieve prenatal and breastfeeding support and referrals to other services availabe in our county. Many working families are eligible for this service.

A new process for determining income eligibility for some applicants with higher incomes began on November 1, 2008.

 

As always, WIC applicants may qualify by bringing proof of income when income is at or below these amounts  (effective from April 1, 2014June 30, 2015):

 

Household Size Yearly Income
1 $21,290
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167
Each additional member add $7,511

2014 MN WIC Eligibility Guidelines

Families may also qualify by bringing proof that a family member is enrolled in one or more of the following programs:

 

Medical Assistance (MA)

Minnesota Care

MFIP

*  Food Stamps

*  Fuel Assistance

*  Headstart

*  Free/Reduced Price School Lunch

*  SSI – participant only


Families with incomes higher than the income listed above will still qualify for WIC if a family member is enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Applicants on TEFRA will still qualify for WIC.


Complete a Minnesota Health Care Programs application today to establish your eligibility!

What Consists of Proof of Income?

  • Monetary compensation for services, such as wages, salary, commissions or fees
  • Net income from farm or self employment (as part of total income on the most recent tax return)
  • Social security benefits
  • Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, income from estates, or net rental income
  • Public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation
  • Government civilian employee or military retirement or pension or veteran's payments
  • Private pensions or annuities
  • Alimony or child support payments
  • Regular contributions from persons not living ni the household
  • Net royalties
  • Other cas income: cash amounts recived or withdrawn from any source, including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources that are readily available to the family

Remember, you MUST bring proof of eligibility to each WIC appointment. This includes proof of income, residency and identity.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please call the WIC office prior to your appointment and we would be happy to help you.

For more information, call (320) 208-6670