Public Health

Posted on: October 16, 2017

Linn County Public Health Releases Annual Report

Cedar Rapids, IA – At a joint meeting on Friday, October 13, Linn County Board of Health Chair Mark Taylor and Linn County Board of Supervisor Vice-Chair John Harris jointly released the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) FY17 Annual Report.

“The annual report is the sum total of the significant work accomplished by LCPH staff. Our staff work to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. The food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe is safe because of the incredible work of LCPH staff.” said Pramod Dwivedi, Director of Linn County Public Health. Highlights from the FY17 Annual Report include:

  • Recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Linn County Public Health, including milestones and changes to the public health system over the past fifty years.
  • Response to the 2016 flood that impacted Linn County, including a two-day rapid response to inspect more than 130 restaurant and retail food establishments and 190 potentially affected wells.
  • Expansion of services to better respond to the needs of refugees resettling in our community, resulting in a 300% increase in refugees seen in the LCPH clinic compared to the previous fiscal year.
  • Success of the Radon Initiative Partnership in Schools or RIPLS program, which has resulted in more than 62% of K-12 schools in Linn County being tested for radon since 2013.
  • Using existing grant funds to expand well water testing, offering 151 arsenic tests to private well owners. 

Learn more about the Linn County Public Health Annual Report at http://bit.ly/LCPHAnnualReport17.

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