Siouxland District Health Department has been busy over the past few months. This has been both in programming and renovations. Staff have had to deal with a multitude of challenges, but they have done an outstanding job of handling it all and still providing services. The highlights included in this newsletter give just a glimpse at the accomplishments. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors for the recognition they bestowed upon us at their May 31, 2016 meeting. This included a short reception just prior to the meeting and also a chance to share with the board our many accomplishments. We appreciate their support and recognition of the work we do and the support we provide to the residents of Woodbury County. I only ask that you take a few minutes and browse through the articles included in this newsletter to know more about what we do.
Have a safe and healthy summer.
Kevin Grieme, Director
Tattoo Parlor Inspections
Did you know all tattoo and permanent makeup/cosmetic businesses must be permitted and inspected by the local health department annually and prior to opening in a new location? SDHD Environmental Health Inspectors visit 21 tattoo business throughout an eight county territory each year. They complete an inspection utilizing a checklist similar to this one. Inspections are completed to assure that the public's health and safety is not being jeopardized due to unsanitary practices.(Public Health Standard: Prevent Injuries and Prevent Spread of Disease).
Promotion of Diabetes Self-Management Education/Diabetes Prevention Programs
According to the CDC, 29 million Americans have Diabetes, and 86 million Americans are Prediabetic. SDHD staff are working with local physician offices to provide them toolkits that outline resources that are available to their patients in the Siouxland area. Mercy Medical Center offers Diabetic Education, while UnityPoint St. Luke's offers both Diabetic and Pre Diabetic Education classes, and the Siouxland YMCA offers a Diabetes Prevention Program. A quick presentation is made with clinic staff to educate them on the different opportunities available in the area. (Public Health Standard: Promote Health Behaviors).
April - Child Abuse Prevention Month
Several staff members organized events in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. This involved wearing blue on designated days, planting of a "pinwheel" garden in front of the building, and variety of social media postings highlighting what SDHD staff do, to help prevent child abuse in their positions here at SDHD. The culminating event was to deliver multiple boxes of new stuffed animals to Mercy's Child Advocacy Center for their use with the children they work with.(Public Health Standard: Prevent Injuries, Workforce)
Mass Sheltering Exercise
On April 25, five SDHD employees and members of our Incident Command, participated in a Mass Care Sheltering tabletop exercise at the Security Institute's Command Center. The scenario for the exercise included a tornado hitting the NW part of Sioux City, resulting in the evacuation of 500 homes. Exercise participants were tasked with the decision of whether or not to open a mass shelter, location and numbers to plan for. The identification of resource needs, how to handle possible situations such as needed medications, and care for personal pets were also discussed. (Public Health Standard: Prevent for, Respond to, and Recover from Public Health Emergencies)
Woodbury County Day!
Woodbury County proclaimed May 24th, 2016 as “County Government Day.” County officials and staff hosted booths and activities at the county courthouse, which were free and open to the public. The event focused on core services provided by the various county departments. Kevin Grieme, Health Director, represented SDHD, addressing a variety of questions regarding public health services that are provided to Woodbury County residents. (Public Health Standard: Administration)
SDHD Women Infant & Children (WIC) staff participated in a week-long training in May to learn about the new eWIC program, that they are now implementing in their office. With eWIC, the WIC food benefits are accessed using a plastic card similar to a credit or debit card, instead of using paper WIC checks. The card is then used at participating storeswhen redeeming food benefits. All WIC foods for all WIC participants in a household are accessed using one family card. Families providing foster care receive a separate eWIC card for each child. Benefits of an eWIC card:
Elimination of paper checks has improved the shopping experience for WIC participants
Electronic approval of WIC items has improved the check-out experience for cashiers
Electronic payment processing has improved the reconciliation process for retail vendors
eWIC issuance of benefits has streamlined the process in the WIC clinic
(Public Health Standard: Workforce, Promote Healthy Behaviors)
Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program
SDHD was awarded a 3-year Partnership In Community Health (PICH) grant in 2014, from the CDC, to increase access to physical activity and healthy food to residents of Woodbury County. One of several initiatives within the grant is to implement a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program at area physician clinics. Patients that have a chronic condition are prescribed a prescription to eat more fruits and vegetables. Prior to leaving their medical provider's office they are able to redeem the prescription for a bag of fresh produce, which eliminates the transportation barrier. For the second year in a row Up From The Earth, a local non profit, will provide fresh locally grown produce that they have collected through their collection sites. During year 1 of the PICH grant, Up From the Earth donated 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to our program, allowing us to fill over 450 prescriptions. Year 2 collections started in June 2016. (Public Health Standard: Promote Healthy Behaviors)
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Grant
NACDD and the CDC are partnering with five states and 10 local communities to achieve disability-focused Public, System, and Environmental (PSE) improvements that increase access and opportunities for healthier eating and physical activity and prevent tobacco use and exposure for people living with disabilities across community settings—with a principal focus on disability inclusion and accessibility.
Siouxland District Health Department was one of the ten communities from across the country selected to participate in the project. Angela Drent from SDHD will serve in the role of Lead Coach during the 18 month grant, while Dawn Kimmel, SIMPCO Mobility Manager, will serve as the Partner Coach.
Area worksites, healthcare facilities, schools, and other community locations, participated in on-line and on-site assessments this spring. The assessment is a tool to identify not only areas that may need attention but it also highlights successful implementation of fully inclusive options. Work now begins on addressing the findings in those assessments.(Public Health Standard: Community Assessment, Promote Behaviors.)
Social Media Campaign for Care For Yourself Program
The Care For Yourself staff members from Siouxland District Health Department, created a colorful social media campaign this past spring, to promote their program. Staff utilized current and former Care for Yourself clients to participate in the campaign materials, that will be utilized across the state of Iowa. The Care For Yourself program provides care coordination to qualifying women for breast and cervical cancer screenings. (Public Health Standard: Communication and Information Technology)
Public Health Conference
Siouxland District Health Department was well represented at this years' Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health held in Des Moines in April. Angela Drent, Becky Carlson and Kevin Grieme were all presenters during the two-day conference, while Michelle Clausen-Rosendahl was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Iowa Environmental Health Association. (Public Health Standard: Workforce)