Florence County Health Department passes review by state health officials

Florence County Health Department staff, from left Annette Seibold, Cinde Nichols, Ann Price and Amber Kolberg with Angela Nimsgern, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Regional director.

MADISON — State health officials have announced that the Florence County Health Department has successfully passed the state’s health department review. As a result, the Florence County Health Department will move their level status to a Level III.

“Local public health staff help make their community a healthier place in which to live, play, work, and learn,” said Karen McKeown, state health officer. “The department has an actively engaged and supportive board of health, and does an excellent job of documenting their work assessing and developing plans to address Florence County health needs.”

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 7 to 14 programs or services to meet the requirements of a level II or III health department.

The Florence County Health Department provides services important to the community, such as:

— Environmental health facility inspections

— Chronic disease management

— Communicable disease surveillance

— Public health emergency preparedness

— Alcohol and drug abuse prevention

— Reproductive health

— Radon education and testing

— Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

— Oral health and well water testing

— Immunizations

— Human health hazards

— Mental health and suicide prevention

— Rabies investigation and follow up

— Tobacco prevention

For information about the Florence County Health Department, call 715-528-4837 or visit www.florencecountywi.com. For information about the state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hw2020/.

For more information about the Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP) that will meet national accreditation standards, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hw2020/wi-hipp.htm.