Monona County Public Health

Mission Statement
To provide quality healthcare, promote a safe environment, and partner with the citizens of Monona County to improve healthy lifestyles.

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Public Health Contacts:

Monona County Public Health
Kristin Schmidt (Andre) - Administrator
Danelle Riley - Lead Inspector & Financial Manager
Jessica Stangel, BSN - Public Health Nurse and
                                       Family Planning Program Manager
Andrea Gibson - Learning for Life Supervisor for Monona,
                           Harrison and Shelby counties and part-time 
                           Learning for Life Parent Educator for
                           Monona County
Cora Fox      - Learning for Life Parent Educator for Monona
Lynne Smith - Public Health Emergency Preparedness    

610 Iowa Avenue
Onawa, IA. 51040
Phone: 712-433-1773
Fax:  712-433-9502
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Monona County Environmental Health
Sandy Bubke - Environmental and Zoning Manager

610 Iowa Avenue
Onawa, IA. 51040
Office Phone:  712-433-3400
Cell:  712-431-6879
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Monona County Public Health Immunization Clinics are now by appointment only!

If you are a patient of Family Medicine Clinic in Onawa or Burgess Family Clinic in Mapleton, your child gets to go to the doctor for immunizations now since these clinics are also VFC (Vaccines for Children) providers like we are.  This means that if your child is on Medicaid, has no insurance, or has insurance that does not pay for vaccines you can make an appointment at these doctor's offices for immunizations, well-child exams, lead tests, etc. and get everything done at the same visit.

If you are not a patient of Family Medicine Clinic or Burgess Family Clinic, you are welcome at our immunization/lead screening clinics.  Please call 712-433-1773 to set up an appointment. 

ur clinics take place once a month on the 4th Tuesday of every month, noon to 4p.m., by appointment only. If this time doesn't work for you, our team can make special arrangements to make other times that month work. Click here for the 2015 Immunization/Lead Screening schedule.

(1)  Immunizations can save your child's life.
(2)  Vaccination is very safe and effective.
(3)  Immunization protects others you care about.
(4)  Immunizations can save your family time and
(5)  Immunization protects future generations.

Monona County Public Health is proud to be in partnership with AmeriCares to provide FREE Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine to adults age 19-65 and older who meet certain qualifications.

Tdap is especially important for anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months of age.  Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy to protect the newborn from pertussis (whooping cough).  Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis. For this reason, Monona County Public Health will be offering this Tdap vaccine to daycare providers, mothers, fathers, mothers-to-be (every pregnancy), and grandparents who are in close contact with an infant under 12 months of age and have not previously had a dose of Tdap vaccine.
In order to qualify, you must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Your annual income must be less than or equal to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  (Click here to see poverty income limits)  
  2. You are uninsured or underinsured, meaning that you have either Medicaid or SSI Medicare without prescription drug coverage or you are unable to afford the prescription co-pay.     
  3. Beginning 1/1/2014, "underinsured" will also               include people with private insurance whose income is less than or equal to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and cannot afford the prescription co-pay.

April is STD Awareness Month

Reduce or eliminate the changes of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by abstaining from sex, reducing the number of sexual partners, and by always using condoms.

To schedule a confidential, free or low-cost testing appointment, please call Monona County Public Health at 712-433-1773. If you are not comfortable talking with your regular health care provider about STDs, please visit to find a local STD testing site near you.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

In an emergency, seconds count. Work with your family today to prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Click here for a list of items to include in your kit.

Commit to a Healthier Lifestyle!


Physical Activity & Exercise: 

   How Much Exercise Do You Need?  
Move to Improve Arthritis 
Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older 
Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight 
BAM - Body and Mind for Kids age 9-13    

Nutrition for Everyone
Fruits & Veggies Matter   
Healthy Weight - It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle 
Nutrition & Health of Young People
Tips for Parents  

Healthy Aging: (John Hopkins Medicine)  
   It's Never Too Late - 5 Healthy Steps at Any Age  
   Healthy Body  
   Healthy Mind  
   Healthy Connections  
   Caregiver Resources  
   Diseases and Conditions  
   A Guide For Caregivers                                  

Other Important Links

Burgess Health Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Child Abuse Hotline:  1-800-362-2178

Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence  -
    (Serving Woodbury, Monona and Plymouth Counties)

Dependent Adult Abuse:  1-800-362-2178

Iowa Concern Hotline: 1-800-447-1985 for free,
       confidential telephone counseling that is available 24/7 

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa State University Extension Service - Monona
Iowa WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Monona County Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan 2010-11     

Monona County Health Improvement Plan  

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Smoking & Tobacco Cessation:           
   Quitline Iowa 1-800-QUIT Now (1-800-784-8669)  

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention:
   A Guide to Action for Families to Prevent and Reduce  
       Underage Drinking - Surgeon General  
    Substance Abuse: Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs  
    National Institute on Drug Abuse  
   Healthy Kids & Communities - August 2012 
E-Newsletter from Jackson Recovery Centers

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