Public Health looks at local, state, and national data, public policy, and best practices to promote and improve the health of the community.
Public Health staff act as a resource related to health promotion by:
- Providing information that enhance the health of the community (i.e. community wellness programs, etc.) or that may contribute to curriculum (i.e. local incidence of sexually transmitted infections, hand washing, safe food handling, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 initiatives such as activity and nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, mental health, etc.).
- Providing information via Public Health Alerts, newsletters, and the Division of Public Health website regarding issues of immediate concern.
- Sharing educational resources and screening equipment for school use (i.e. hand washing education materials, tobacco education materials, blood borne pathogen materials, vision and hearing equipment, etc.).
- Acting as a community resource for pregnant teens through the provision of Public Health Nurse visits.
The scope of practice within the Calumet County Division of Public Health does not allow for the delegation of nursing acts to school or daycare personnel (i.e. insulin injection, tube feedings, dressing changes, catheterizations, etc.) or routine visits for the purpose of health promotion or consultation. School District board-hired or contracted School Nurse(s) are prepared to meet the unique or special health care needs of individual students in the school setting and have been found to be an effective health resource for the school community.
For general information or questions, please call (920) 849-1432 or email the Health Division.