UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Public Health

Today's Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Public Health offers services to promote and protect the health of the community by creating conditions for all community members to live a healthy lifestyle through engagement, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of the 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.
  • Community Health Needs Assessments every three years. 

Visit the Poweshiek County Public Health Facebook page for the latest updates in Powshiek County.

Hours and Directions

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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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.

  • First Monday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • First Tuesday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • First Wednesday of the month, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Third Friday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month, 2 to 5:30 p.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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling
Prevent T2

For information regarding the PreventT2 program, please reference the Prevent T2 brochure. If you would like to participate in the program or have questions, please call (641) 236-2385.

This diabetes prevention program is brought to you by the Lions Club International Foundation and the Lions Clubs of Grinnell, Kellogg, Montezuma and Victor. Poweshiek County Public Health is grateful for the partnership with these local groups and their continued support to better the health of their communities.

Public Health Flu Clinic

Please call (641) 236-2385 to schedule an appointment to receive a full shot. High dose flu vaccinations will be available for those age 65 and up. Please bring a copy of your insurance or Medicare card. If you don't have insurance, the cost is $30.

Mom and 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 home visit, the nurse discusses baby care, new mom care, parenting issues, public health services, programs available and more.

This is a free, optional service available to families who reside in Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. For more information or to schedule a visit, please call (641) 236-2385.

Lactation Services and Support

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for you and your baby, and provides a 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 counties. Call (641) 236-2385 to schedule an appointment at public health, have a phone consultation or learn more information.

Learn more about following services offered at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell:

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition

The WIC Nutrition service, coordinated by Mid-Iowa Community Action, provides pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children up to age five, with vouchers for formula, milk and nutritious food supplies. Participation in the program is based on financial eligibility.

WIC comes to Grinnell Public Health during the following times:

  • Third Tuesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (800) 390-5293. For additional food and nutrition resources in the Grinnell area, please reference the Grinnell Food Resource Guide.

Maternal Health Program

A staff member with the program will coordinates 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

Poweshiek County Healthy Choices Coalition (PCHCC)

The Poweshiek County Healthy Choices Coalition (PCHCC) provides the programming, awareness and tools, for a diverse community of children, youth and adults, that are needed to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Meetings take place in the Grinnell Public Safety Building on the third 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

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

  • Location: Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
  • Time: First and Third Thursday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, (641) 236-2385.

Foot Care Clinic

Clinics are held twice per month by appointment only.

  • Location: Grinnell - Light Center for Community Health
  • Time: Second and Fourth Thursday of the month, in the mornings.  

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call (641) 236-2385.

Blood Pressure Screening Clinic

Clinics are held every Thursday. No appointment necessary.

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

Other Public Health Services

Medical Loan Equipment Closet

Located at 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 deposit is collected from the individual who borrows the equipment. A refund will be issued 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, 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.

Please remember to bring your Medicare card and prescription containers to your appointment.