Horizon Public Health promotes healthy families and safe, nurturing environments for children. Child and Family Health Services support young families as they learn about:
Public Health Nurses and Registered Dietitians provide services at the Public Health office, by phone, at community sites, or on home visits with families.
Public Health Nurses visit families at home or in the public health office to assist parents as they create a healthy, nurturing environment for their children. Visits are offered at no cost to the families, are voluntary and are tailored to the individual family’s interests and needs.
Nurses engage mothers and fathers in a variety of discussions about pregnancy health, breastfeeding, infant cares, parenting, family planning, nutrition, child health, growth, development and safety. Public Health Nurses also support families in reaching their goals and help them connect with supportive resources in the community.
For more information or to arrange a home visit, call 1-800-450-4177
Parents Know Website:http://parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/index.html
Minnesota Department of Health:
Children with Special Needs: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/cyshn
The WIC Program is a Nutrition and Breastfeeding program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. The WIC Program also provides individualized nutrition education and counseling, vouchers to purchase nutritious foods from local vendors, and referrals to health and other social services.
Do you qualify or know someone who would qualify for free supplemental foods, nutrition education and parenting ideas? Then WIC is the place for you. Save on food costs, receive prenatal and breastfeeding support and referrals to other services available in our counties. Many working families are eligible for this service.
As always, WIC applicants may qualify by bringing proof of income when income is at or below these amounts (effective from May 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016):
|Household Size||Yearly Income|
|each additional member add||+7,696|
Families may also qualify by bringing proof that a family member is enrolled in one or more of the following programs:
Families with incomes higher than the incomes listed above will still qualify for WIC if a family member is enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Applicants on TEFRA will still qualify for WIC.
Complete a Minnesota Health Care Programs application today to establish your eligibility!
Remember, you MUST bring proof of eligibility to each WIC appointment. This includes proof of income, residency, and identity.
What Occurs During Your Appointment?
We need to remind you that WIC doesn't meet all the nutritional needs - it is a supplemental program. The food package is provided to each participant, tailoring it to meet to nutritional needs of each participant on the program.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please call the WIC office at (320)763-7805 prior to your appointment and we would be happy to help you.
You may also find additional ingformation at this website: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/index.html
Car Seat Checks and Education
Find out if your car seat is right… Child Passenger Safety Specialists can answer questions regarding child safety seats and check your car seats. At a check, seats are evaluated for: defects, recall listings, suitability for the age of the child, and fit with the safety belt system in the vehicle. This service is available at no charge.
Car Seat Distribution
Car seats at no cost for persons with PrimeWest Health coverage, with additional car seats available for others who qualify
The Right Seat…The Right Size….The Right Use
For more information: Contact Public Health to schedule your car seat check, education and for an appointment time to receive a child safety seat and instructions on proper use and installation.
MN Office of Traffic Safety:
Learning About Your Child's Development
The Follow Along Program (FAP) is a good way to learn if your child is talking, moving, playing and acting like other children at the same age and to get some ideas for activities you can do with your child. The Follow Along Program:
Minnesota Department of Health- Infant Follow Along:http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/cyshn/follow.cfm
Help Me Grow: Is Your Child On Track?Help Me Grow helps you know. (And helps you know what to do next.) http://helpmegrowmn.org/HMG/index.htm
Parents Know: http://parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/index.html
Minnesota Department of Health: Children with Special Needs http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/cyshn
A voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program, Nurse-Family Partnership gives first-time moms valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. Partnering first-time moms with caring nurse home visitors empowers these mothers to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves.
For more information, please visit the Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership website at:
Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership