Community Health & Education
Animal Bite Reporting
Health care providers and law enforcement are responsible for animal bite reporting within Muscatine County. Animal bites should be reported as soon as possible to the appropriate entity listed below. Trinity Muscatine Public Health works with these entities on follow-up needed.
Rabies information for the public.
City of Muscatine
Animal Control Officer/Muscatine
312 East Fifth St., Muscatine IA 52761
City of West Liberty
West Liberty Police Dept.
409 North Calhoun Street, West Liberty IA 52776
City of Wilton
Wilton Police Dept.
P.O. Box 27, Wilton IA 52778
Remaining Muscatine County
Muscatine County Sheriff's Dept.
400 Walnut Street, Muscatine IA 52761
Child Care Nurse Consultant
- Advocates for quality child care in Cedar, Louisa and Muscatine counties
- Educates child care providers and parents on health and safety issues
- Assists child care providers and center directors in developing health and safety policies
- Assists child care providers to achieve and maintain a safe and healthy child care environment for all children, including those with special needs, through site visits, health and safety assessments, resource materials and consultations
- Provides educational programs to children in child care on health and safety topics
- Collaborates with other local and regional service providers to enhance total services available for child care providers, children 0-5 years that attend child care sites and their parents
The following website provides additional information: Iowa Department of Public Health Healthy Child Care Iowa
We're working hard to detect, control, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We monitor communicable disease reports, investigate illnesses, and utilize consistent reporting from local partners to monitor the health of our community.
Infectious or communicable diseases are a continuing threat to all people. They cause illness, suffering and even death, and a large cost to society.
Our Communicable Disease Program provides:
- Investigation of the source of communicable diseases
- Surveillance of communicable diseases
- Notification to the public of their risk for communicable diseases
- Control measures to prevent the spread of the diseases
- Education on the importance of prevention and impact of infectious diseases
Common reportable communicable disease fact sheets from the Iowa Department of Public Health EPI Manual may be found at:
Community Health Planning
Community Health Assessment is required by the Iowa Department of Public Health every five years. To qualify for tax-exempt status hospitals must also conduct a community health assessment every three years. A joint process was initiated in early 2015 and a Community Health Improvement Plan was approved by the Muscatine County Board of Health and UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Board of Directors in November, 2015. The three priority areas identified are:
- Increased supply of primary care physicians for existing and new patients of all socio-economic groups in our service area.
- Increased capacity and access to mental health services for children and adults of all socio-economic groups.
- Improve healthy behaviors including all socio-economics groups.
Download the entire Muscatine County Community Health Improvement Plan.
Trinity Muscatine Public Health (TMPH) has been strengthening its readiness to respond to public health emergencies. These types of emergencies could result from naturally occurring events, such as floods, tornadoes or infectious diseases, or they could result from man-made disasters, such as the intentional release of biological agents.
We are involved in the following activities throughout the year to assist in making you and your family members' lives healthier:
- Investigating cases of infectious disease
- Preventing and controlling infectious diseases
We work to help protect the community against threats such as pandemic influenza, biological or chemical agents, and natural disasters.
Download FEMA's Emergency Preparedness pamphlet "Are You Ready?"
The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated against the flu.
Influenza is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is not the same as the common cold or an intestinal illness. Influenza may be contagious for 24 hours before any symptoms develop. Through everyday preventative measures (e.g.,) can help prevent transmission of many types of germs, the best way to avoid influenza infection is to get vaccinated.
Seasonal flu vaccine is produced every year through a scientific process that indicates the influenza viruses that will be most common during the upcoming flu season.
It is important to get vaccinated against the flu each year to prevent illness from the viruses that will be common during the upcoming season as viruses change every year.
Flu Clinics at Trinity Muscatine Public Health
Flu Clinics are held October through January on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flu Related Information Links:
Adult Vaccine Information
We never outgrow the need for vaccinations. Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone and we all need tetanus boosters every 10 years. Adult vaccines are paid for at the time of vaccination. Prices vary by type of vaccine. Please call us at 563-263-0122 to schedule an appointment or for current pricing.
Adult immunization services available include:
- Td/Tdap boosters
- Annual influenza vaccinations
Health Promotion and Monitoring
Health Education is important to the overall health and well-being of our community. The more we know about our own health status, the easier it is to make informed decisions about our health lifestyle. Individuals who choose to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families ultimately create a healthier community. We support speakers on a variety of health promotion topics.
Blood pressure checks and health education programs are offered by Trinity Muscatine Public Health. Blood pressure checks are offered free of charge during open Hours of Operation. No appointment is needed.
Maternal Health Services can help pregnant women in Cedar, Louisa and Muscatine counties. We seek to encourage healthy behavior for mothers in order to deliver healthy babies. Our registered nurse follows the mother's health care throughout her pregnancy.
The nurse can also provide:
- Help with finding a doctor or dentist for medical/dental care
- Help in obtaining health coverage
- Referral to community resources and services
- Health education and support on a variety of topics
- Prenatal education and support
- Nutrition education and support
- Home visits by a registered nurse and/or social worker
- Oral health screenings, fluoride varnish applications, referral to treatment
- Assistance in arranging transportation and translation services
Breast Feeding Education
Breast feeding education is offered by our Certified Breast Feeding Educator.
For more information, please call 563-263-0122.
TB Screening and Follow-up
Tuberculosis (TB) Screenings and follow-up are provided at a low cost to all Muscatine County residents. We provide TB testing to the general public at our office by appointment. A copy of the testing and results will be provided as necessary.
Our nurses provide one-on-one contact with clients with latent tuberculosis infection or tuberculosis disease. Clients meet with a nurse on a routine basis during the treatment period to assess the patient's physical response to the medication and to make sure the medication is taken properly. The treatment period may vary depending upon the client's individual needs and response to treatment. Clients with a primary healthcare provider or specialist may have their care coordinated through us and their personal physician.
We also provide contact investigation and follow up to individuals who may have been exposed to someone with tuberculosis, in order to prevent spread of the disease.
You are eligible for assistance, at no cost, if you:
- are exposed to a known case of tuberculosis
- show symptoms of tuberculosis disease
- have tuberculosis disease or latent tuberculosis infection