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Public Health


For information regarding COVID-19, please reference the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page. For updates regarding COIVD-19 in Poweshiek County, please reference our Facebook page.

2022 Public Health Flu Clinics

Public Health will host community flu immunization clinics starting in October. 

Click here to view the 2022 Public Health Flu Clinic Schedule.

Please bring a copy of your insurance or Medicare card. If you don't have insurance, the cost is $30. High dose flu vaccinations will be available for those age 65 and up. 

You can print and fill out this release form prior to arrival at the flu clinic of your choosing; paper forms will also be available on-site. If you are unable to receive a flu shot during one of the flu vaccination clinics, please call (641) 236-2385 to schedule an appointment.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide services to enhance healthy lifestyles

  • Prevent disease outbreaks

  • Prepare for and respond to disasters

  • Promote and educate on healthy habits

  • Assist with access to health care services

  • Collaborate with community partners

  • Listen and Learn what really matters to the people and the communities we serve

Disease Prevention

Adult and Child Immunizations

Adult and child immunizations are available by appointment only at the Grinnell Public Health office in the Light Center for Community Health. For information, call (641) 236-2385.

  • 1st Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of the month, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • 1st Wednesday of the month, 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Friday of the month, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Communicable Disease Control

Public health nurses provide investigation, follow-up and education for communicable diseases in the community. Staff also provide TB testing and follow-up. To discover more, call us at (641) 236-2385

Prevent T2

For information regarding the PreventT2 program, please reference the Prevent T2 brochure. Call (641) 236-2385 if you'd like to participate in the program or have questions. This diabetes prevention program is brought to you by the Lions Club International Foundation and the Lions Clubs of Grinnell, Kellogg, Montezuma and Victor. PCPH is grateful for the partnership with these local groups and their continued support to better the health of their communities.

Mom & Baby Health

Postpartum Newborn Home Visits

In the first few days after you and your baby leave the hospital, many changes take place. During the postpartum newborn home visit the nurse will come to your home to make sure you and your baby are doing well. 

At a typical visit, the nurse discusses baby care, new mom care, parenting issues, public health services and programs available and more. 

This FREE and OPTIONAL service is available to families who reside in Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. Call (641) 236-2385 to learn more or schedule a visit.

Lactation Services and Support

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for you and your baby - and is a beautiful and natural way to bond. Our Certified Lactation Consultants at public health are here to provide extensive breastfeeding and education support. 

This FREE service is available to families who reside in Marshall and Poweshiek countiesCall (641) 236-2385 to schedule an appointment at public health, have a phone consultation or learn more. 

Learn more about the following UnityPoint Health - Grinnell services:

Women, Infant, Children Nutrition

The WIC Nutrition service coordinated by Mid-Iowa Community Action provides vouchers for formula, milk and nutritious food supplies for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children to five years of age who are financially eligible. 

WIC comes to Grinnell Public Health the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (800) 390-5293

For additional food and nutrition resource information in the Grinnell area, please reference the Grinnell Food Resource Guide.

Maternal Health Program

A staff member will coordinate health services, such as:

  • Assist in obtaining a physician.
  • Assist in obtaining appropriate payment source.
  • Offer prenatal education.
  • Perform social assessment and guidance.

For more information call us at (641) 236-2385

Healthy Choices Coalition

The Poweshiek County Healthy Choices Coalition (PCHCC) coordinates efforts providing programming, awareness and tools for a diverse community of children, youth and adults that are needed to make healthy lifestyle choices. Meetings happen in the Grinnell Public Safety Building on the 3rd Monday of each month (no meeting in August).

The PCHCC seeks to ensure healthy lifestyle choices by providing instruction and support in the following areas:

  • Prevention and reduction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use
  • Prevention and reduction of child abuse
  • Positive family interactions
  • Attention to diet and exercise

For more information call (641) 236-2385.

Specialty Clinics

Community Care Clinic

Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Clinics are held twice per month for low income and uninsured individuals under the Free Clinics of Iowa umbrella.

Call (641) 236-2385 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Foot Care Clinic

Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, in the mornings.

  • Clinics are held twice per month by appointment only.

Call (641) 236-2385 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Blood Pressure Screening Clinic

Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

  • Clinics are held every Thursday. No appointment necessary.

Other Public Health Services

Medical Loan Equipment Closet

Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
Members of the community can borrow medical equipment for up to six months.

  • An order from your physician is required for any mobility assistance equipment such as a walker or wheelchair.
  • A $20.00 deposit is collected from the individual who borrows the equipment; it is refunded upon return of the equipment.

Medicare Planning - SHIIP

It is important for Iowans on Medicare to use the open enrollment period (October 15 to December 7 every year) to review their prescription drug plan. 

Call (641) 236-2588 to schedule an appointment to review your prescription drug plan with the help of a Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) counselor.

For appointments, please remember to bring your Medicare card and prescription containers.