Central Racine County Health Department

 

Community Health

 
 

Health department public health nurses provide numerous services that promote safe and healthy living.

Health Education
Staff provides educational programs on pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, disease transmission, handwashing and other outreach programs. Please call if interested in partnering with the health department on education.


Prenatal, Postpartum and Parenting Programs

Teen Parent Support Program
An evidence-based home visitation program that works to ensure that teen parents have a healthy baby, learn parenting skills, delay subsequent pregnancies, graduate from high school or an equivalent program and children of teens develop to their maximum capacity. Open to all teens in the jurisdiction and/or teens who attend high school in the jurisdiction. Call 262-898-4460 for questions or referrals.
Racine County Home Visiting Network
An evidence-based home visitation program funded by WI Department of Children and Families that is a partnership between Racine County Human Services Department, Central Racine County Health Department, Children’s Hospital Community Programs and a consortium of Racine County home visiting providers. Program goals include but are not limited to improving birth outcomes; promoting child safety, health and development; improving maternal health; and, improving service coordination with and referral to other community resources and supports. The program is open to all expectant and new parents and their families in Racine County. Enrollment occurs prenatally through birth and families may receive home visits prenatally through age 5 of the child. Participation is voluntary and at no charge. If you or someone you know is pregnant or just gave birth, call 262-633-3591 to ask about services.
Racine Healthy Babies
An evidence-based home visitation program that uses Healthy Families America model and Parents As Teachers curriculum. Funded through Wis. Stats. 253.16 and managed by Racine County Human Services Department, this program is a partnership between Racine County Human Services, Central Racine County Health Department, and Children’s Hospital Community Programs. The program supports home visits for pregnant or parenting women who have had a previous preterm birth, low birth weight birth, fetal loss or infant death and pregnant or parenting African American women who have not had a previous loss. Program goals include utilizing innovative approaches to reduce poor outcomes, improving maternal health, improving family functioning, and promoting child health, safety and development. The program is open to the aforementioned expectant and new parents (within the first 60 days of life) and their families in zip codes 53402-53406. Participation is voluntary and at no charge. If you or someone you know is pregnant or just gave birth, call 262-633-3591 to ask about services.
Prenatal Care Coordination
A WI Medicaid benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby.
For more information on mother/infant visits see our brochures:
 Prenatal Postpartum and Parenting Programs Brochure
 Racine County Home Visitation Network brochure



Blood Pressure Checks
Central Racine County Health Department provides blood pressure checks free of charge. Call to schedule an appointment. For more information on blood pressures, see our Adult Services brochure:
 Adult Services Brochure


Lead Prevention/Poisoning
Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycares where lead-based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation done without using lead-safe work practices.

Prevention of lead poisoning can be accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed. Wisconsin's goal is to eliminate this disease by working to make Wisconsin's housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children.

For more information on lead poisoning, go to:
 Lead Poisoning Brochure
 http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead

 http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead


Free Car Seat Inspection
Free car seat checks are provided by appointment only. Car seats will be installed and checked for appropriateness to child and other safety/recall issues. See our Car Seat Brochure for more information:
 Car Seat Inspection Brochure
 www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm

Prevention
Staff lead a county-wide child death review team that works to utilize information to identify trends and drive local prevention efforts through implementation of evidence-based childhood injury prevention programs. Staff are also spearheading new efforts to develop a county-wide fetal and infant mortality review team to identify causes of death and implement prevention measures.