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Polk County Health Department 

100 Polk County Plaza
Suite 180
Balsam Lake, WI 54810







After Hours Emergency Phone Number

Call 715-485-8300 or 911 in an Emergency to report:

  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Communicable Disease Outbreaks
  • Environmental Health Hazards
  • Bioterrorism Incidents

Why does the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) need this information?  The Polk County Health Department is required by law to report and investigate events that may affect the public's health.  This is why it is important for us to hear from you when you suspect an uncommon illness or event.  To learn more about the health department's requirements, please click here.



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Behavioral Health Department


Children and Families Dept


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Community Health

Improvement Processes

Healthy Polk County 2020
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Healthy Polk County 2020
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Healthiest Wisconsin 2020
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020.pdf
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Polk County Community Health Needs Assessment 2016
CHA 2016.pdf
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2017 Update to the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
2017 CHA Update WEBSITE.pdf
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Birth to 3

Birth to 3 is an early intervention program for all children from birth to 36 months (3 years) who have a diagnosed disability, move in ways that are not typical, or show a big delay in development.


The early intervention team will evaluate your child's:


  • Cognitive Development (ability to learn)
  • Sensorimotor Development (move, see, hear)
  • Speech and Language Development (able to understand others and make own needs known)
  • Adaptive Development (daily tasks such as dressing, playing, brushing teeth)


The Birth to 3 staff strives to help the family understand and be a part of the evaluation process. The services and support a child and family receive are based on their needs.


If you have concerns about your child's growth, development or learning we encourage you to call the Polk County Birth to 3 Early Intervention Program for a FREE screening at 715-485-8585.


Click here for a referral form for the Birth to 3 Program.


What services and support may be available

What will this cost

Why are Birth to 3 services important

What to look for

Who can make a referral

Links for more information


Additional Resources:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative includes resources on milestones checklist and parenting tips. 

Go to:   Information is also available in Spanish. 


ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families includes resources on behavior, development, child care and school readiness.

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Autism Speaks includes resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder, signs of autism and resources available to children with autism and their families. 

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The CDC has released an app for parents or caregivers to download to track progress of developmental milestones. 

Milestone Tracker
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The most important thing you can do with your child is Talk, Read, Play and Sing
Talk, Read, Play, Sing.pdf
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