Please click here for up-to-date information from the Portage County Public Health Department regarding COVID-19.  Links to Portage County Daily Press Releases and county Health Department Situation Reports can be found in the ‘In The Spotlight’ box below.  If you have general questions regarding COVID-19 call 211.  

Division of Public Health

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Portage County Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health PHAB-SEAL-COLOR-1030x1030
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)

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.


Other Available Resources

The following resources are available with information on COVID-19

 Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

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. 

2019-2023 CHIPPClick on the picture to read the 2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan