Division of Public Health

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Portage County Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Hours:
Monday 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8 AM to 6 PM
Wednesday 8 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday 8 AM to 3 PM

Phone:: 715-345-5350 (option 8 for Public Health or option 6 for Women, Infants and Children/WIC)

Fax:  715-345-5760

If you need to report a communicable disease or public health emergency after hours, please contact 715-346-1400 or 911. The after hours fax number is 1-877-369-8070.

Community Health

As a branch of public health, community health focuses on protecting and improving the health of a community.  Community health nurses actively work in homes, schools, businesses, and the community to protect public health across the life span.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health focuses on the natural and built environments’ potential to adversely affect our health.

Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance

Assistors are trained and certified individuals who can help you apply and enroll in a health plan with savings based on your income and apply for Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  They are required to provide information that is fair, impartial, and accurate.  Their services are free.  Statewide assistance may also be available.

Public Health Planning/Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness program focuses on preparing for and responding to,, events that pose a substantial risk to the health of residents.  The program supports and enhances the division’s capacity to prepare for public health threats and emergencies through planning, exercising, responding, and training.

  • Public Health Emergency Plan
  • Mass Clinics
  • Community Readiness

WIC & Nutrition Services

Public health programming across the life span to improve the health of women, infants & children through promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and nutrition education; early screening, intervention and referral; and breast and cervical cancer screening referrals for good health.

Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020

Strategic Plan 2016 coverClick on the picture to read the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

First Responder Safety

Risks regarding unknown substances can affect First Responder safety.  Please click here to be taken to the Public Health Planning/Preparedness page for more information.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

yrbsDuring the summer of 2014, community partners met with representatives from the four public school districts in Portage County to discuss mental health within schools and how it impacted academic achievement. Closing the gap on academic achievement has been identified as a priority of the 2012 Portage County Local Indicators of Excellence (LIFE) Report. In order to gauge the status of mental health among local youth, data was needed to reflect youth and their behaviors. As a result, it was decided by the group to utilize the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) offered by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. This resulted in the creation, distribution, and evaluation of the first county-wide Youth Risk Behavior Survey used by multiple Portage County school districts to gain an aggregate data set, during the 2015 school year.

The YRBS is part of national efforts made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in monitoring health-risk behaviors of high school students. These behaviors result in causing both mortality and morbidity in an individual’s youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety, weapons and violence, mental health, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior, diet, and nutrition and exercise.

Please click on the picture to read the entire survey.