Public Health Nursing

At the Polk County Health Department Public Health nurses offer a variety of services to the public. Click on topic below to learn more about how the Public Health Nurses can help you and your family.

Health Department Brochure

Public Health Brochure 2012.pdf
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Infant Safe Sleep Program - Keeping Your Baby Safe While Sleeping

The program focuses on education to parents and other caregivers promoting safe sleeping habits of infants.

Most of the work is one on one but they do provide group presentations on safe sleep at prenatal and parenting classes. Some key points about infant sleep habits are:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for naps
  • Place your baby on a firm mattress, such as in a safety approved crib
  • Remove soft, fluffy bedding and stuffed toys from your baby's crib
  • Make sure your baby's head and face remain uncovered during sleep
  • Do not let your baby get too warm during sleep
  • Talk to childcare providers, grandparents, babysitters and all caregivers about (Sudden Infant Death Syndrom) SIDS risks
  • Do not allow your baby to share a bed with anyone
  • Encourage "tummy time" when the infant is awake and observed by a caregiver

Call 715-485-8500 for more information.

Ages and Stages Screening - Is My Child Doing What He Should at His Age?

Public Health nurses provide personalized education on growth and development and tips to improve your child's growth and development. They also do developmental screening for children age 4 months to 5 years using the Ages and Stages program. To learn more call 715-485-8500.

Preventing Tickborne Disease



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Closed on Holidays



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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Community Health Improvement Processes

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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