Welcome to Marion County Public Health

Contact us if you have any questions or need additional information about our services.

Location

Marion County Public Health Department
2003 N Lincoln St
Box 152
Knoxville, Iowa 50138

Contact Us

Call Us

(641) 828-2238

Fax Us

(641) 842-3442

Hours

Mon–Fri: 8am–4:30pm

24/7 Emergency Public Health Contact

Kim Dorn, Director

(641) 891-4068

​Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

Marion County Public Health Department Prevents Disease through Health Promotion and Protection using Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance.

Core Values

  • Collaboration
  • Competence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Stewardship
  • Strength Based Approach
  • Trust
  • 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.

  • It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.

  • 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

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.

From the White House Coronavirus Task Force:

What you need to know about Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe.

Our Programs

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.

Community Education

Marion County Public Health Department offers a variety of health related educational topics that are available to groups throughout the county.

Emergency Response

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.

Environmental Health

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

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

General Assistance is available through the Marion County Public Health Department to families and individuals who are poor or in need.

Hawki

Hawki provides health care and dental coverage for uninsured children under the age of 19 who meet income guidelines.

Immunizations

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™

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.

Senior Nutrition

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

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.

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

Welcome!
Marion County Public Health (Knoxville, Iowa) would like to welcome you to our website! We hope the information we have provided is beneficial and will help you find the answers to your 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?
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get 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.

Heartland AEA

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.

Personal Preparedness

For information on how to develop a Family Emergency Plan, an Emergency Kit, and other useful tips see the following websites:

https://www.ready.gov/plan

www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth

www.redcross.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.​

Contact us

Call Us

(641) 828-2238

Our Location

2003 N Lincoln St
PO Box 152
Knoxville, IA 50138

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