Portage County Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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)
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.
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.
- Car Seat Safety
- Communicable Disease Reporting
- Oral Health
- Infectious Disease News
- Prenatal Care Coordination
- School Health Information
Environmental Health focuses on the natural and built environments’ potential to adversely affect our health.
- Codes and Licensing
- Consumer Complaints
- Health Issues
- Permit Applications
- Portage County Beach Monitoring
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 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
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
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
The second Portage County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 2018 by a partnership that included administration staff from all six high schools in Portage County and Portage County Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health. This report features 2018 YRBS aggregate data compiled from four public school districts and one parochial school system. This is the first time all high schools in Portage County completed the YRBS and will allow our community to examine changes related to youth behaviors since the last survey in 2015. This will also assist in developing and targeting interventions that can improve the lives of Portage County youth.
The Wisconsin Online YRBS is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation’s students. The most significant causes of mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood have been found to be related to these behaviors. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
Please click here to view the 2018 survey.
Please click here to view the 2016 survey..
2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan
Healthy People Portage County, in partnership with Portage County Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health, worked to develop and release the 2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Process and Plan (CHIPP). This plan is the final product of a collaborative effort between government agencies, non-profits, coalition members, health care providers, schools, businesses, and community members. The CHIPP plan assists in mobilizing organizations, community members, and other stakeholders to work together on improving and preventing health issues in Portage County.