Welcome to Marion County Public Health
Contact us if you have any questions or need additional information about our services.
2003 N Lincoln St
Knoxville, Iowa 50138
24/7 Emergency Public Health Contact
Provide health guidance and enforcement for our citizens to have the opportunity to make informed choices regarding their health and wellness, strive for a clean and safe environment, and the assistance to access needed health related services.
Marion County Public Health Department Prevents Disease through Health Promotion and Protection using Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance.
- Strength Based Approach
- Invested in Education
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
IDPH and its public and private partners have continued to prepare plans and procedures in case they should be needed. It is important for Iowans to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.
- Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to think about.
- It is normal to be concerned about a new virus.
- Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death in other countries.
- Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
- Contain germs by staying home when ill
Marion County Public Health is scheduling COVID Vaccinations. Click here for the vaccine update.
With the cancellations and quickly changing social environment due to COVID19, it is important to know that Marion County leadership is planning with partners for response.
Iowa Department of Public Health has provided guidance for Businesses and Organizations, Healthcare, Long Term Care, Schools, Public, general prevention and travel guidance. For guidance please visit the IDPH website for the latest updates.
For more information about our programs, please click on the program.
Care for Yourself
The Care for Yourself program helps eligible women receive: an annual office visit, Mammogram, Pap test, and blood pressure screenings. CFY also pays for some Breast and Cervical diagnostic services.
Child Care Nurse Consultant
A Child Care Nurse Consultant provides guidance and technical assistance to child care providers regarding the health and safety of children in their care.
Communicable Disease Follow-Up
Provides disease investigation and follow-up for communicable diseases reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health by local health providers.
Marion County Public Health Department offers a variety of health related educational topics that are available to groups throughout the county.
It’s important for every Iowan to do their part to help slow the spread of the disease. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
The Marion County Emergency Response Coalition (MCERC) is the local healthcare coalition for Marion County. The Marion County Emergency Response Coalition is part of a larger service area, including: Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, and Wayne counties.
Promote, protect and ensure the health of Marion County through environmental protection. Focus areas of Environmental Health include: septic system installation, maintenance, and repair permits and inspections, septic haulers inspections, water wells, well plugging, public pool and spa inspections, tattoo inspections, animal control/rabies follow up and nuisance complaints.
First Five promotes the use of developmental tools that support healthy mental development for young children during the first five years.
Foot Care Clinics
Foot care clinics are held at the five senior centers. Foot care clinics are designed to help provide routine foot care to individuals who are having difficulty providing that care for themselves.
General Assistance is available through the Marion County Public Health Department to families and individuals who are poor or in need.
Hawki provides health care and dental coverage for uninsured children under the age of 19 who meet income guidelines.
We offer immunizations to those ages 2 months through 18 years. If your child has Medicaid, no insurance, is an American Indian or Alaskan Native, they are eligible to receive their vaccinations at no cost. We also offer a few adult immunizations, but currently do not bill insurance companies, so you will have to pay out of pocket for those vaccinations. Call for more information!
I-Smile™ is a statewide program that connects Iowans with dental, medical, and community resources to ensure a lifetime of health and wellness.
Maternal & Child Health
The Maternal Health Program is dedicated to ensuring the health of mothers and children in Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Ringgold, and Wayne Counties.
Nursing & Homemaker Program
The Nursing and Homemaker Program provide services to prevent early nursing home placement.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is an in-home visiting program that is here to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need throughout the various stages of a child’s development.
Public Health Nursing
Public Health Nurses work in the community to provide services that are not available to our residents anywhere else.
Helping older adults meet their daily nutritional needs by delivering hot, fresh, ready-to-eat meals.
Tobacco Free Coalition
Education and awareness of tobacco related health disparities and the benefits of living tobacco free.
WIC (Women Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months.
Spotlight on Health
WIC provides health education, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support, as well as healthy foods and formula for your family. Contact WIC to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us if you have questions or need additional information.
Childhood and Adult Immunizations
Knoxville (MCPHD, 2003 N. Lincoln St.)
By Appointment ONLY
Call our office at 641-828-2238 to schedule an appointment for immunizations. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
More information available on our Immunization page.
Health care coverage for uninsured kids
Income guidelines have changed for Hawki insurance and Hawki Dental Insurance... click here to see if your family qualifies.
You work hard to make ends meet. That's why Iowa offers hawki health care coverage for uninsured children of working families. No family pays more than $40 a month. Some families even pay nothing at all.
Why do I need Prenatal Care?
Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
For more information or help finding a provider contact the Maternal Health Program at 641-828-2238 ext 241.
AEA's mission is to improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth by providing services and leadership in partnership with families, schools and communities. Learn more at heartlandaea.org.
No Wrong Door
Linking people to the appropriate services
This program assists with getting people connected to the appropriate services in Marion County, or nearby areas, if the services are not available in the county, whether it be medical, dental, mental health, a transportation issue, or any type of social needs.