Linn County Public Health (LCPH) provides many unique services to improve the health of Linn County residents. Our efforts within the community are strengthened by relationships established with other community organizations within the public health system. Through these relationships, LCPH is able to address the public health issues that are present within Linn County at multiple levels. To the right is an illustration of the Social Ecological Model, which depicts the five levels of influence that LCPH targets to prevent public health problems in our community.
The Linn County Public Health Department is supported by five divisions that provide unique services to Linn County residents. An illustration of the organizational structure of Linn County Public Health can be accessed at: LCPH Organizational Structure
Administration & Finance
- Manages LCPH's finances and administrative needs
- Leads agency's efforts in strategic plan development and implementation, quality improvement, performance management, workforce development and accreditation
- Includes the laboratory, which performs the following functions:
- Clinical laboratory support & referral: On-site testing for walk-in clinics
- Blood lead testing
- Water testing: public and private wells, pools and spas, and surface waters
- Air quality monitoring: EPA standards, real time public notification, and special studies
Assessment & Health Promotion
Linn County Public Health's Assessment and Health Promotion (AHP) branch assess the health needs of the community and implements strategies to reduce chronic disease and promote improved health outcomes. Working together with community partners, AHP seeks to implement sustainable change for population health at the individual, organizational, community, and policy levels.
From working with Together! Healthy Linn on the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to taking an active role in many local coalitions (groups of individuals and organizations working together to achieve a common goal), AHP works to identify and address priority concerns restricting optimal health.
- Investigates communicable disease outbreaks
- Provides immunizations
- Conducts testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Provides travel clinic services for international travelers
- Manages the Breast & Cervical Cancer Program, "Iowa Care For Yourself"; the Colorectal Cancer Program, "Iowa Get Screened", and provides diabetes and heart disease screenings.
Environmental Public Health
- Inspects and issues permits to industrial and commercial facilities to limit emissions
- Monitors outdoor air quality
- Provides open burning permits
- Inspects hotels, pools, restaurants, temporary food vendors, septic systems, wells, tanning facilities, and tattoo facilities
- Handles certain nuisance issues and well closures
- Collaborates with communities to ensure homes are healthy and safe
- Implement strategies to create healthier homes, resulting in more stable housing, higher quality of life, and better health
- Conducts grant and program management for childhood lead poisoning prevention and asthma programs and indoor air quality
- Investigates and assesses hazards in homes such as lead-based paint, radon, and other contaminants that negatively impact health