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Programming

Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA-HIP)
The most recent CHNA-HIP can be found here:

A new assessment is completed every 5 years.  The Department utilizes this assessment to determine priorities for the Department’s activities and programming.  If you know of additional health concerns with in Buchanan County that you would like investigated to include in this report in the future, please let us know: publichealth@co.buchanan.ia.us

State of Iowa Health Improvement Plans, Counties in Iowa CHNA & HIP Snapshots and Progress Reports

Community Partnership

Collaboration with community partners is important to the health of our county.  Staff collaborate with others through participating in programming, advisory boards and facilitating opportunities to assure a liaison for health is involved in the decision-making process.

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Public Health Emergency Planning & Preparedness
Planning for a public health emergency or disaster in our county with community partners is an important step in preparedness.

  • Prepare your family for disaster, for more information click here
  • Prepare your family for a pandemic flu outbreak, for more information click here.  

Part of being prepared includes Long Term Recovery after an event.  We are part of the Buchanan County Disaster Recovery Coalition that activates after a natural event that leaves unmet needs for the members of our county.  This Coalition was first activated in 1999 and reactivates each time it is needed.  After a natural disaster return to this site to obtain more information or call Buchanan County Community Services at 319-334-7450 for assistance.

Homemaking Services
Homemaking services are available to those with a medical need.  Services are based on a sliding fee scale according to income and resources and include simple personal cares, homemaking chores and grocery shopping.  Eligibility requirements include a medical need and the ability to be safe in the home when the homemaker is not there.  This service is not 24/7 but Monday-Friday.  Participants may not be eligible for similar services through another source.  

Immunizations
The Department provides childhood (2 months – 18 years of age) immunizations to those who have no insurance or are underinsured. Underinsured means:

  • Children who have health insurance but coverage does not include vaccines, or;
  • Children whose health insurance covers only select vaccines or caps the vaccine cost at a certain limit.
  • Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible to receive vaccine from our department, even when the plan’s deductible has not been met or a co-payment is required. Children with Hawk-I and Medicaid insurance can be immunized at a physician office.

All physician offices in the county provide immunizations. Call the department for an appointment if your family qualifies for immunizations through us.

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