Families and Children
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Family Health staff provides outreach, education, and connections to resources to families, schools and healthcare providers on issues related to maternal and child health, children's growth and development, special health needs, family planning, and environmental health issues.
The staff help individuals and families access health resources, including free and low-cost health services. Family Health nurses provide information on pregnancy and newborns and contact all mothers of newborns living in the county to provide information on infant care, early attachment, post-partum depression and other related topics, and to offer referral services and home visits.
The Follow Along Program, a child development tracking and early intervention program, is offered to all local parents of children ages birth to 3 interested in learning about their child's early growth and development.
The Family Health team also provides outreach for Child and Teen Checkups, the federal preventive health care program that entitles recipients of Medical Assistance health care programs, aged birth to 21, to annual health care checkups. Family Health staff help families find a "medical home," set up Child and Teen Checkups, and find dentists who will take patients on Medical Assistance.
Family Health nurses provide education on parent/child interactions and promote early social-emotional behavioral development.
The staff offer families breastfeeding education, support and connections to resources for women who are breastfeeding or considering breastfeeding.
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services is a member of the Kandiyohi County Breastfeeding Coalition. the Coalition provides a way for community members to work together to improve breastfeeding support in Kandiyohi County.
Family Health also helps families and schools meet the needs of children with Special Health Needs. Public health nurses provide home visits and referral services to families that have children with special health needs resulting from developmental or physical disabilities, or chronic or infectious diseases.
As part of their work with Environmental Health, Family Health staff investigate and resolve issues related to poor environmental conditions that have the potential to cause or spread disease or illness or cause injury. The Public Health Environmental Health Program is the lead agency in the inspection and follow-up of complaints of Public Health Nuisances, "garbage houses" and other poor environmental conditions. Public health nurses and our Environmental Health Specialist also educate the public about the dangers of lead poisoning and encourage lead poisoning testing and prevention efforts.
Minnesota Food Assistance
The Minnesota Food Assistance program is a state program that is available to non-citizens 50 years of age or older when federal eligibility ends.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) The Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services WIC Program is a federal program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help keep low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 healthy. It provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program A federal program from the United States Department of Agriculture. The program consists of the Mothers and Children (MAC) program, for children age 5–6 years old and postpartum, non-breastfeeding mothers, 6–12 months, and the Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors for residents age 60 and older. Find out more.
Other Food Resources
www.hungersolutions.org for more resources.