Jefferson County health officials pass muster with state

January 23, 2019

JEFFERSON -- State health officials have announced the Jefferson County Health Department has successfully passed the State’s Health Department review.

As a result, the Jefferson County Health Department will maintain its Level II status. The Jefferson County Board of Health accepted the award certificate at its Wednesday meeting.

“Local Public Health staff help make their community a healthier place in which to live, play, work, and learn,” Christina Beach Baumgartner, director, southern region office, division of public health, department of health services, said. “The department has an actively engaged and supportive board of health, and does an excellent job of assessing the needs of the community, developing programs and services to meet those needs, collaborate with others to accomplish shared goals and communicating with the public.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is required to formally review the operations of all 86 Wisconsin local health departments at the county or municipality level at least every five years. The review establishes the health department as a Level I, II or III agency. All agencies must meet the minimum requirements of a Level I health department and agencies must provide an additional seven to 14 programs or services to meet the requirements of a Level II or III health department.

“The Jefferson County Health Department has a hard-working and dedicated staff whose members are passionate about public health and helping those in need,” Gail Scott, director/health officer, said. “They are always willing to enhance their skills and develop and implement new programs that promote health in the community.”

The Jefferson County Health Department provides services important to the community, including:

-- Talk Read Play home visit program

-- Public health emergency preparedness

-- Environmental health

-- Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention 5 to 9 program

-- WIC and breastfeeding collective program

-- Mental health services, Vivitrol and mental health medication program

-- Child Safety and Injury Prevention program

-- Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition

-- Prenatal Care Coordination

-- Communicable disease prevention and control

-- Immunizations

-- Active member of many organizations and coalitions

For information about the Jefferson County Health Department contact Gail Scott, director/health officer at 920-674-7275 or see the website at www.jeffersoncountywi.gov.

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