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Adair County Public Health Services | ACHS

Goal

The mission of Adair County Public Health (ACPH) is to promote, preserve, enhance and protect the health and well-being of all persons in the community.

Adair County Public Health advocates for health prevention and promotion for all Adair County residents through collaborations with community stakeholders and partners. Adair County Public Health serves as liaison to local and state agencies and organizations, including the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Adair County Board of Supervisors, Adair County Board of Health, and Adair County Health System (ACHS). Public Health provides individuals with information, resources and referrals to local health agencies and services.

Adair County Public Health is involved in numerous programs, including:
  • Immunizations
  • Communicable disease prevention and follow up
  • Emergency preparedness and response to public health disasters
  • Health screens
  • Community health assessments

Interventions/Services

Immunizations (Make placeholder for image - ACHS will add a PDF (calendar for flu clinic dates/times),
In collaboration with Adair County Medical Clinics – Greenfield and Stuart, Adair County Public Health provides immunizations for individuals of all ages following current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines.

Recommendations

Children

The goal of the Iowa Department of Public Health is for every child to be fully immunized by 2 years of age. In addition, adolescent boosters, including Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV, are recommended at age 11-12 years.

Vaccine for Children Program

Adair County Public Health participates in the Vaccine for Children Program, which offers no cost immunizations to children ages 0-18 years who are uninsured, underinsured, American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Annual School Audits

ACPH conducts yearly immunization audits with local schools and daycares.

Adults

The Tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 years. Additional recommendations include the shingles vaccine for those 50 years and older, and Pneumonia vaccine for individuals 65 and older.

Influenza

ADCP offers a variety of influenza vaccines seasonally for all eligible age groups, including seasonal shots for individuals ages 6 months and older, regular flu shots, high dose flu shots for those 65 and older, and FluMist.

COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine is offered throughout the year by appointment for individuals 6 months and older.

Communicable Disease Prevention and Follow Up

Adair County Public Health partners with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to deliver several programs and services designed to stop the spread of communicable diseases of varying severity and contagion.

  • Consults for potential rabies exposures for animal bites.
  • Follow-up interventions for communicable diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella and Pertussis, Tuberculosis, Influenza and COVID-19, to prevent outbreaks and illness.
  • Offers free access to condoms in efforts to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Central Iowa Healthcare Coalition (link to website CIHCC | Iowa Preparedness Service Areas (prepareiowa.com)) includes multiple public health departments, hospitals, EMS and emergency management agencies in counties across central Iowa. Adair County Public Health is an active member of the coalition, which plans, prepares for and mitigates disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition is funded by state and federal hospitals, public health and EMS preparedness grants.

Adair County Public Health also collaborates with state and local partners to conduct exercises and tests to improve plans and procedures for emergency response.

Health Screens

Adair County Public Health offers a variety of health screenings to members of the community, including:
  • Free blood pressure screenings during open office hours.
  • No cost mammograms and pap-smears (to screen for breast and cervical cancer) for those who qualify based on income through the Care for Yourself Program
  • Lead screens for children.
  • Covid-19 take home test kits, which are provided by IDPH.

Community Health Assessments

Through partnerships with state and local community providers and agencies, Adair County Public Health assesses health needs and strives to improve health outcomes and health equity across the county.

Partners

Adair County Public Health collaborates closely with:

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