Welcome to the Green Lake County Health Unit!
Mission:
The mission of the Green Lake County Health Department is to promote and protect health and prevent disease. 

Vision:
We will become the leader in Public Health in Green Lake County promoting healthy people, thriving communities and safe environments. 

THE GREEN LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. CAN BE REACHED OR PAGED AFTER HOURS FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS BY CALLING THE SHERIFF'S DEPT. DISPATCH AT 920-294-4000.

Staff Directory
Shari Krause Public Health Program Specialist
Kathy Munsey Health Officer
Julia McCarroll CHES Health Educator
Renee Peters
Birth to 3 Services Coordinator
Rachel Schackow Public Health Nurse
Kari Schneider Public Health Nurse
Melanie Simpkins Public Health Nurse/Educator
Allison McCormick Environmental Health Specialist
Birth to 3
Are you the parent of a child under 3? Every family wants the best possible start for their child.

Even though all children are different, there are certain milestones that children are expected to achieve such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, talking, and understanding what is said to them (to name a few).

The Birth to 3 Program is a service to assist families in supporting their child's development. If you have concerns about the way your child is developing, don't wait! Call (920)294-4070.

Parents, family members, and professionals work as members of the Early Intervention Team to promote a child's development.


Who may be eligible for Birth to 3 Services?

Children experiencing difficulties with thinking or learning skills, movement skills, talking and understanding skills, feeding, daily living skills, interactions, and play skills.

Children with a diagnosed medical, physical, or mental condition that may affect their development; for example- Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic illness, vision or hearing impairments, etc.


The Birth to 3 Program will work with you to:
  • Evaluate your child's development
  • Develop a plan for services based on your family and child's strengths, concerns, and needs
  • Provide information about additional community resources and link you to them
  • Offer advocacy and support

How does Birth to 3 Services fit in with other community services?

The Birth to 3 home-based program is one piece of a network of family support services offered in your community. Families may be involved in one or many services depending on individual child and family needs. The Birth to 3 Program will work together with other service providers to ensure the most effective use of resources for your family.


What is your child doing?
Developmental Checklist
3 Months Holds head up
Grasps objects
Babbles, coos
Turns toward sounds
6 Months Rolls from back to stomach
Reaches for toys
Sits with support
Mouths objects
9 Months Crawls
Grasps with thumb and forefinger
Imitates sounds
Hold, bites, and chews cracker
12 Months Stands alone, takes steps
Builds tower of 2 blocks
Follows simple instructions
Finger feeds self
15-18 Months Walks alone, seldom falls
Scribbles
Names objects
Begins to use spoons
24 Months Combines words
Jumps in place
Turns page of book
Points to 4 body parts
Initiates play activities
36 Months Walks up and down stairs
Copies a circle
Points to small details in a picture
Guiding Principles
  • Parents know their child best and are important members of the Early Intervention Team
  • Parent-child interactions are the building blocks of a child's development
  • Children's development is best supported through interactions with familiar people in play and daily routines

Birth to 3 Providers work with families to plan and implement the most appropriate program for the child.

Birth to 3 Determination Status and Compliance Letter

For more information, to make a referral, or to request a free screening, please call:

Green Lake County
Birth to 3 Program
Renee Peters
rpeters@co.green-lake.wi.us
571 County Road A
Green Lake, WI 54941
Telephone: (920)294-4070
Fax: (920)294-4139

Early Intervention...
Because the first 3 years build a lifetime

Additional resources
Wisconsin Dept of Health Services-Birth to 3
Children and Youth with Special HealthCare Needs  

Childhood Lead Poison Prevention

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health.  Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.  Effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.  Preventing lead exposure before it occurs is the most important step parents, doctors, and others can take.  To learn more about childhood lead poisoning prevention reference the following:


CDC  @ http://www.cdc.gov/lead/

                http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/


WI CLPPP (Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program) @ http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead/


EPA @ http://www2.epa.gov/lead


HUD @ http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/lead

 

Below are links with additional information regarding Blood Lead Levels:

Blood Lead Levels!  What Do They Mean?
Blood Lead Levels in Children!  How to Protect Your Children!

CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY OPTIONS PROGRAM


Program Description

The Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) provides supports and services to children living at home or in the community who have one or more of the following long-term disabilities:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Severe emotional disturbances

The child’s disability is characterized by a substantial limitation in the ability to function in at least two of the following areas:

  • Self-care
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-direction

Program Benefits

CCOP funding can be used to provide a range of services and supports that allow the child to remain in the home or community. Allowable services are selected based on an individualized assessment of the child’s needs and a service plan completed by the local county CCOP agency, in consultation with the child’s family. Some examples of covered services include home modifications, respite care, adaptive equipment, transportation, care management, and communication aids. Parents may be required to pay a sliding scale fee, based on the family’s income and service costs. CCOP funding cannot be used to replace services that are available through Medicaid, Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Medicaid waiver programs, schools or private insurance.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria (must meet all eligibility criteria listed below):

    1. Be under 22 years of age.
    2. Be a resident of Wisconsin with intent to remain.
    3. Be living in a home or community setting.
    4. Require a level of care typically provided at an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), a nursing home or a hospital.

Reporting Communicable Diseases

Wisconsin Statutes requires physicians and child caregivers to report communicable diseases to your local health department. This early reporting will provide the necessary information needed to contact the family and begin an investigation to help control further spread of the disease.

For more information on communicable disease reporting, please visit: 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/diseasereporting.htm

The Green Lake County Health Unit has developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Attached is the most current plan.

For more information contact the Green Lake County Health Unit at (920)294-4070.

Dental Healthcare
Dental Healthcare

Available to Children and Adults on Badgercare




Children and adults on Badgercare, who previously lacked access to dental care, are now eligible
for dental services, including oral screening, fluoride varnishes, and cleanings at the
Green Lake County Government Center.

A registered dental hygienist conducts the screenings and cleanings.
Restorative care is referred to Family Health La Clinica in Wautoma. 

To schedule an appointment
Call the Green Lake Co. Health Department at (920)294-4070



Eligibility is dependent on participation in Badgercare, as their
primary insurance provider. Children must be at least 3 years old.

"Healthy Teeth - Healthy Lives"



Environmental Health Services are provided by the Tri-County Environmental Health Consortium. The Consortium consists of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara counties. Waushara County is the lead agency for this program.

For more information about services available through the consortium, visit www.wausharacountypublichealth.com/Food-Program

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) was awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) project grant to study and prepare for anticipated climatic effects on the public's health. Click on the link to see how climate can affect your health.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This program involves community preparedness planning and exercises to respond to natural disasters, pandemic influenza, mass clinic operations, natural disaster events, and other public health threats.

Resources

Volunteer
Are you interested in helping during a public health emergency or disaster? 

Click here to learn more about how to register as a volunteer on the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry.
Routine health care should include immunizations whether they come from your personal health care provider or from your local health department. The full range of required childhood immunizations as well as adult tetanus is provided at no charge at monthly clinics. TB Skin testing, Adult Hepatitis B series and Adult Flu vaccine are available for a fee.

Please call Green Lake County Health Department at 920-294-4070 or 800-664-3588 to schedule an appointment. Parents must accompany kids under age 18. No walk-ins please.

2018 Immunization Clinic Schedule
January   9   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
February   13   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
March   13   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
April   10   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
May   8   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
June   12   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
July
  10   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
August   14   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
September   11   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
October   9   1:00:4:00pm, Green Lake
         
November   13   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
         
December   11   1:00-4:00pm, Green Lake
   
Clinic Locations:  
GREEN LAKE Human Services Center, 571 County Road A 
   
**Clinic dates are adjusted if they fall on legal or government holidays.**

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED! Call 920-294-4070 or 800-664-3588

New Federal requirements only allow us to serve children on Medial Assistance,  Badgercare, or those who are un-insured. Those who have insurance should contact their physician to obtain their childhood vaccinations. We will continue to provide flu shots for adults as in the past.

Click here for a printable 2018 Immunization Schedule

Radon

Radon Gas

The Green Lake County Health and Human Services Department is part of a four County Radon Information Center (RIC). The information center was started in 1996 and also serves Dodge, Marquette, and Waushara Counties. Our RIC has compiled information and resources to educate residents about radon, associated health risks, testing procedures and methods of reduction.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and chemically inert gas. It is a byproduct of naturally occurring decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. It can be found in all 50 states. Radon can be easily inhaled and damage lung tissue due to the gas's radioactive properties.  Lung tissue damage can lead to cancer over time.

How does Radon get into my house?

Trapped gasses build up pressure in homes. As air leaves the attic of a home, a negative pressure field is formed, drawing soil gasses through floors and walls.

Very high Radon in water can add to levels in the home. Typically, Radon levels in water must be extremely high to make a significant contribution to the overall Radon gas level in a home. This is normally not seen in this area of Wisconsin.


What are the health effects associated with Radon?

The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer. Smokers exposed to elevated Radon levels have a much higher risk of lung cancer.

Radon exposure does not cause any short-term health effects such as shortness of breath, headaches, respiratory illnesses, coughing or headaches.


My neighbor doesn't have high Radon. Do I need to test?

Yes. Radon levels can be different from home to home depending on a number of factors. This is commonly seen in our area. Typically, radon differs due to distance from the source but can also be affected by soil types and construction techniques.

How do I test for Radon?

You can test for radon with an EPA-listed kit or by hiring an EPA-listed contractor to test you home for you. KIts can be purchased on-line and at most local hardware stores.  The Green Lake County Department of Health & Human Services - Health Unit offers kits to county residents.  The kits distributed by the consortium are simple, easy to use, and come with full instructions. 

What level is considered "safe"?

The EPA states that any radon exposure may carry some risk, however; they recommend that homes be fixed if an occupant's long term exposure will average 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.

Can the problem be fixed and for how much?

Yes, the radon problem can be fixed with a mitigation system installed that meets the needs of each individual home. Costs differ based on the home but can run anywhere from $600 to $1200. Although we highly recommend that you use a licensed radon contractor, sometimes homeowners can install the systems themselves.

Radon resistant construction can be incorporated during building. Costs typically will be under $100 for the materials. Contact the information center for more information.

Resources for Additional Services:
  • Adult Abuse investigation - Call Adult Protective Services at (920)294-4070
  • Birth and Death Certificates - Call Wisconsin Vital Records at (608)266-1371
  • Child Abuse and Neglect investigation - Call Green Lake County Human Services Child Protection Help line at (920)294-4070
  • Emergency - 911
  • Home Health Care - See Home Health Services in the Yellow Pages
  • Poison Control Center -1-800-222-1222 
  • Urgent or Emergency Health Care - See "Physicians" or "Clinics" in the Yellow Pages
  • Medical Assistance can be found at- https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/index.htm or www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp
  • Medicare - www.medicare.gov
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs - www.northeastregionalcenter.org/
  • Pandemic Influenza (Flu) Information - http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov/
  • Tobacco Quitline - 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
5 Counties for Tobacco Free Living
Updated 05/01/2018

5 Counties for Tobacco-Free Living serves Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Washington, and Waushara Counties. Our mission is to create nicotine and tobacco-free environments in which we live, work, and play, while promoting healthy lifestyles through education, advocacy, and policy. 

Resources Available


Quit Tobacco Resources 
The 5 Counties for Tobacco-Free Living does not offer any direct cessation services. We suggest the following resources: 

Smokefree.gov
Smokefree.gov is designed to help you or anyone you care about quit. It offers numerous resources that can be combined to create a custom quit plan.

WI Tobacco Quit Line (24 hours/ 7days a week)
The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is a toll free service available to help Wisconsin residents quit. The Quitline is available from 7 AM to 2AM daily. For more information, contact the Quitline.

First Breath
If you are a pregnant woman and would like help quitting tobacco, First Breath is a great resource for those who are eligible.

Quit for Life
The American Cancer Society teaches people how to become experts in living without tobacco using "The 4 Essential Practices to Quit For Life," principles based on 25 years of research and experience helping people quit tobacco.

Help Us Quit
This site is dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from Mental Disabilities quit smoking. 
Click Here for More Resources


Other Free Quit Tobacco Resources

SmokeFree TXT    (Español)
Tobacco Cessation Treatment: What is Covered?
Be Through With Chew Resources
My Last Dip
Military- Quit Tobacco
Quit Resources from American Lung Association
Not Ready to Quit? 

 

Tools for Employers/Businesses

Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease, asthma, cancer, and many other chronic health conditions. Smokefree building policies are the only effective means to eliminate this risk. The Coalition is available as a resource to help local businesses develop or expand tobacco free policies.


WI Tobacco Check- Employer Retail Training





The Green Lake County Health Unit has water test kits to test your water for:

  • bacteria
  • fluoride
  • nitrates

The test kits are sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for analysis. There is a fee for each test and results take approximately one week. For the most up to day information on fees for well water testing please visit the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene website.

Private wells should be tested annually to ensure good water quality.

For more in formation contact the Green Lake County Health Unit at (920)294-4070.

See website for more information www.glcwc.org
Wisconsin Well Woman Program
Need help getting women's health checkups? The Wisconsin Well Woman Program pays for clinical breast exam, pap & pelvic exam and mammogram.
You may be eligible for services AT NO COST TO YOU if
▪You are a woman age 45-64
▪You have little or no health insurance
▪Your annual household income meets our guidelines--up to $27,075 for one person, $36,425 for two people*
*Net taxable income for farm families and self-employed persons. For larger families add $9,350 for each additional person.

For residents of Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties, contact
Susan Garcia Franz
211 N Commerical Street
Neenah WI 54956-2690
920-727-8652

WIC CLINICS: Please call 1-800-942-5330 or 1-920-787-4737 to schedule a WIC appointment

1st Wednesday
2nd Wednesday
Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
3rd Tuesday   
4th Tuesday
Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

**Clinic dates are adjusted if they fall on legal or government holidays.

For more information regarding WIC (Women, Infants and Children) please go to the following website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/