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PCA Services

The personal care assistance program provides services to people who need help with
day-to-day activities to be more independent in their own home and community. A
personal care assistant (PCA) provides help with daily living activities, behavior issues or
other health-related tasks. Services are available for people with physical disabilities,
chronic diseases, behavioral diagnoses and mental illness.

Eligibility and services

• To receive personal care assistance, a person must be eligible for Medical Assistance or be a pregnant woman or child enrolled in MinnesotaCare. The services must be medically necessary and ordered by a physician. • A person receiving PCA services must be able to make decisions about their own care or have someone who can make decisions for them. • A person must need help to complete activities of daily living, have health-related tasks or need observation and redirection of behavior. Child and Teen Check-Up Outreach Program

Child and Teen Check-Ups (C&TC’s) are well child visits for children ages birth through
20 eligible for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care.
They include:
ƒ Vision and hearing check ƒ Laboratory tests, including lead, blood and urine as needed ƒ Immunizations if needed ƒ A complete head to toe physical assessment ƒ Health education and counseling about health lifestyles ƒ Nutrition If you are eligible, you will receive reminder notices from the public health office to notify you when the visit is due. The Child and Teen Check-Ups should be completed as follows: ƒ Between birth and 1 month ƒ 2 months, 4 months, 6 months ƒ 9
For more information on Child and Teen Check-ups visit:
Minnesota Health Care Programs health plans offer incentives to eligible Child and Teen
Check-up members. To see what your healthcare plan offers visit:
Blue Plus:

Follow Along Program
Let the Follow Along Program help you know if your child is playing, talking, growing,
moving, and acting like other children the same age.

Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. Some children, though, need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. The Follow Along Program can help you know if this is true for your child. How Does the Follow Along Program Work?

• A professional, most often a nurse, may visit with you to tell you more about the program and find out more about your child. And you will be asked to sign a permission form. • Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 4,8,12,16,20,24,30,and 36 months old. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. • Sheets with fun activities for you to do with your child or other age appropriate • The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services. • After your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early For more information visit: Communities Caring for Children
Communities Caring for Children is an outreach and informational program for families
with children birth thru age 20. You will receive a bright colored “Health Tracks”
newsletter in the mail and you will know it is time to take your child for a well child exam.
This reminder helps you schedule these important medical visits to monitor your child’s
The CCC program offers the following services to new parents and families with children: • A series of newsletters called “Health Tracks” will be sent to you when your child is 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months and 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 years of age, and every 2 years thereafter. Each “Health Tracks” will include information on the following topics: • Your Child’s Health Care
Safety Checks
Positive Parenting
Common Health Concerns

Family Home Visiting Program

Public Health offers home visits to families with children under the age of 4 when there is
an identified need. Goals are set for the home visiting and weekly to monthly visits are
Home visitation has been an effective strategy for the delivery of public health services to
families. Current research shows that Public Health Nurse home visitation, especially for
pregnant women and families with young children, is effective at helping families improve
health status, achieve economic self-sufficiency, improve positive parenting, reduce child
maltreatment, reduce juvenile delinquency, achieve maternal goals such as child spacing,
education and employment and establish links to community resources.
For more information visit:
Family Planning

What is the Family Planning Program?
It is having children when you choose. It involves preventing pregnancy, spacing
pregnancies and getting pregnant when you want to.
Services are available to both men and women. Services are free or low cost based on a
sliding fee scale. We accept all types of insurances. All services are confidential.
• A complete physical exam and pap smear • A variety of birth control/contraceptives • Screening for sexually transmitted infections • HIV rapid testing (cheek) and Western Blot HIV testing (blood) • Education and counseling by qualified professionals Free or low cost

• All incomes and insurances accepted including medical assistance and Minnesota • Charges based upon your income and family size. No one is refused service Call Norman-Mahnomen County Public Health at 218-935-2527 to schedule your appointment. For more information visit:
Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) Registry

MIIC is a program among health care providers, parents, public health agencies, and
schools aimed at preventing disease through immunization. MIIC uses a confidential,
computerized information system, also known as an immunization registry, which
contains a complete and accurate record of a person’s immunizations, no matter where
they got those shots.
Who can see my MIIC records?
The only people who can see your shot records either give immunizations or are required
by law to record immunizations for enrollment-doctors, health departments, schools, day
cares and health insurance companies. This is protected by the Minnesota Immunization
Data Sharing law, §144.3351. Information in MIIC is not share with anyone else or used
for any other purposes.

For more information visit:


What is the immunization program?

There are several vaccines that are available to help prevent communicable diseases.
Norman-Mahnomen Public Health promotes immunizations through partnering with other
health care providers to encourage immunizations as well as providing access to
immunizations through public health clinics.
What is the cost of the immunizations?

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health requests an administration fee of $5.00 for each
vaccine that is given. Vaccine is provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. No
one is denied immunizations due to the inability to pay for vaccines supplied by the
Minnesota Department of Health
What is the recommended schedule?

The schedule is based on the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of
Health and Centers of Disease Control (CDC), which change from time to time. The
following are the most recent recommendations:
For more information on baby shots visit:
For more information on Children and adolescents:
Prenatal Education

A public health nurse can work with you one on one in the community or in your home to
provide education for a healthy pregnancy. Education will include physical and emotional
changes during pregnancy, how to prepare for labor and birth, breastfeeding, newborn
care, and growth and development.
Who is eligible?

Pregnant women in Norman and Mahnomen Counties.
What is the cost of the service?

Grant funds and local funding. Private insurance will be billed if available.
For more information about these services?

Contact Norman-Mahnomen Public Health in Norman County at 218-784-5425 or in
Mahnomen County 218-935-2527
Postpartum/Newborn Visits
A public health nurse will visit you in the community after you return home with your baby.
The nurse will assess baby’s growth and development, answer any questions you may
have and will connect you to community resources available to you.
Who is eligible?

• All families in Norman and Mahnomen Counties
Is there a cost?

• Grant funds and local funding are used. Private insurance will be billed if available.
How do I schedule a visit?

• Call Norman-Mahnomen Public Health at 218-784-5425 or 218-935-2527.
What is WIC?

• WIC is a supplemental food program for Women, Infants and Children. It provides healthy food, nutrition education, health information and referrals. • When a pregnant woman is on WIC, the nutritious foods and information have been proven to help ensure that mom will have a healthier baby. • Families on WIC with children learn important information about nutrition, eating habits, and a healthy lifestyle that will help a child reach his or her physical and mental potential.
Who is eligible for WIC?

• Pregnant, breast-feeding and post-partum women
How do I qualify?

• You need to be a resident of Norman or Mahnomen County. • Meet income guidelines. These guidelines are 185% over poverty level for families • Income at 275% of poverty for families with children up to age 2. • Women and children are automatically eligible if they are on Medical Assistance, Minnesota care, fuel assistance, food stamps, MFIP, free & reduced meals and Head Start. • The person on the program must have a nutrition/health need which is determined What benefits do I receive?

• Nutritious food, such as milk, cheese, cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter or dried beans, bread or tortillas and a fresh fruit and vegetable voucher. • Breastfeeding information and support • Infants who are partially or not breastfed may receive fortified formulas • Referrals to health and social services.
For more information on eligibility visit:
For more information visit:
Car Seat Distribution and Education
Norman-Mahnomen Public Health provides education for choosing the right child safety
restraint and instructions for correct use.
Car seats are available through Public Health to eligible Medical Assistance and
MinnesotaCare members.
Call Norman-Mahnomen Public Health for more information or to make an appointment.

For more information on current guidelines visit:

Blood Lead Testing
Too much lead can harm both children and adults. No one knows exactly how much lead
it takes to cause health problems. Many times there are no symptoms until the health
problems are very serious. Usually people who are lead poisoned do not seem to be sick.
Lead poisoning can cause learning, behavior and health problems in young children.
Lead can cause high blood pressure and kidney damage in adults.
Which children need to be tested?

A yearly blood lead test is advised for children up to six years of age who:
• live, play, or spend time in older housing (built before 1978) with chipping or • live, play, or spend time in older housing (built before 1978) with recent or ongoing • have brothers, sisters, housemates or playmates with moderate or high blood lead • live near a roadway with heavy traffic or a business where lead is used; • live with an adult who works in a job or has a hobby where lead is used Norman-Mahnomen Public Health (NMPH) offers free or low cost lead testing depending
on insurance eligibility. Please call NMPH for questions or to make an appointment.
For more information visit:

Dental Fluoride Varnishing

Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease of children in the nation. It is caused
by an overgrowth of acid produced by microorganisms in the mouth. Although it is largely
preventable, dental caries continues to be a significant problem for many children in
Minnesota. Fluoride varnish application is an easy, safe and effective way for primary
care providers to prevent dental caries.
What is Fluoride varnish?
• Is a topical fluoride treatment containing 5% sodium fluoride that is applied on the • Prevents new cavities from forming and helps stop cavities that have already • Has a protective effect that lasts several months. Is fluoride varnish safe?
Yes, fluoride varnish is safe and even can be used on babies’ teeth. Fluoride varnish
significantly minimizes the risk of toxicity that exists with traditional fluoride treatments
because only a small amount of varnish is used and it adheres to teeth immediately.
Fluoride/Dental varnishing is available at Norman Mahnomen Public Health. Insurance
can be billed or a low cost fee will be charged. Call Public Health for more information or
to make an appointment.


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