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Public Health

Please call ahead before visiting a clinic. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

Please reference our Where To Go For Care page for information regarding various care options and hours of operation.

For information regarding COVID-19, please reference the COVID-19 Resources and Information page

UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Public Health offers services to promote and protect the health of the community by creating conditions for all community members to live healthy lifestyles through engagement, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of our most vulnerable populations.

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

2020 Public Health Flu Clinics

Copay is due upon arrival. Please bring a copy of your insurance card. If you don't have insurance, the cost is $30. Masks and social distancing required at all flu clinics. 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.

Time Location
Tuesday, September 29 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Public Health Building

Drive Thru Clinic - Ages 14 & Up Only

Please enter on Reed Street and turn onto the alleyway.  

Tuesday, October 6 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Public Health Building

Drive Thru Clinic - Ages 14 & Up Only

Please enter on Reed Street and turn onto the alleyway.  

Wednesday, October 7 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Montezuma School
Wednesday, October 14 4 p.m to 7 p.m. Grinnell High School
Wednesday, October 21 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. BGM School
Wednesday, October 28 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grinnell High School


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

Mom & Baby Health

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

Babies Room Program

Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
Parenting classes are held the 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Grinnell Babies Room Program provides incentives and educational opportunities to women who are pregnant or who have a child less than 3 years of age. Our intent is to provide support for women to care for themselves as they raise healthy children.

Earn free child merchandise/items for good parenting and care of your infant and toddler. Talk to our representatives about how you can enjoy this service for moms, infants and toddlers. Parents who are enrolled in the Babies Room Program can stop by during office hours to redeem incentive points. 

For more information on this program, call (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.

Medical Equipment Loan

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.