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Welcome to Worth County, Iowa

Worth County, Iowa
Northwood Kensett Manly Grafton Fertile Hanlontown Joice




Public Health

Enhancing the quality of life within our community through innovative public health initiatives.

  • Teresa Johnson, Nurse
  • Diane Myli, Nurse
  • Shana Butler, Nurse
  • Jessica Reyerson, Nurse

HCA Staff:  Edie Prazak, Tarah Hoiseth, Tammy Patterson, Sarah Rollins, Deb Hendrickson

Transit Staff:  Jim Tanner, Allan Thompson, Edie Prazak, Jerry Bakken

Environmental Health Specialist: Shane Buenzow-Environmental Health Links

Educational Coordinators:  Kristie Parks, Shana Butler

Director of Finance:   Sarah Bruce                Clerk: Susan Hartwig Emily Tufte

Board of Health members: 

Dave Haugen, Hanlontown
Scott Halbach, Northwood
Teresa Cooper, Kensett
Dennis Bartz, Grafton
Dr.Stephanie Seemuth, Northwood
The BOH is required to meet quarterly or as the business of the department requires. The minutes of the board meetings are available to the public at the Public Health Department.

Worth County Public Health Dept  95 9th St N
Northwood, IA 50459

Email: Worth County Public Health Nurse

Office Hours:   Mon-Fri 8 AM - 4 PM

Phone:   (641)324-1741 or  (800)765-1388
     Fax:   (641)324-2195               



PHN Programs

Related Links

Bulletin Board by Stephanie Seemuth, D.O.

New Tdap Vaccine Information

Worth County Transit Bus Info

Iowa Local Go Home-free online directory that connects citizens with healthcare providers across Iowa

Summer Plans-IDPH News Release

What We Do:


  • All skilled nursing provided under physician's orders
  • Give special treatments, change dressings, injections, catheter and colostomy care, draw blood for laboratory test
  • Assess and evaluate progress following hospitalization
  • Teach families about their disease process and the "how and why" of their doctor's orders
  • Supervise home health aides
  • Family support
  • Frail Elderly Waiver Programming
  • County Referral and Resource


  • Transit Services at Affordable Cost through Worth County.  Transportation throughout the county and Mason City.  Transport within eight counties in Iowa for any purpose with priority given to medical appointments. Please click here for more info.


  • Provide Personal care, baths, and shampoo
  • Assist with light housekeeping
  • Assist with meal planning and preparation
  • Assist with exercise as needed
  • Working with families and children
  • Nurturing/Parenting Programs
  • Assist clients with ADL's


  • Assessments for adults 60 years and older
  • Health Education and Teaching
  • Referral Resource for Elderly


  • Teach client responsibility
  • Flu Clinics
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Diabetic screening
  • Immunization program
  • Health resource for schools
  • Community education programs
  • Maternal-child-adult-health and rehabilitation
  • Communicable disease control, prevention and follow-up
  • Referral resource for other community services, supplies and equipment
  • Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Lead Screening in homes
  • Cholesterol Clinics
  • Wellness Programs
  • Community assessment
  • Core public health functions

Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Veterans Administration, State and Federal Grants, Elderbridge Agency on Aging, Local Tax Money and Private pay are resources to help fund the cost of home care.  If not qualified under these sources, the charge of a visit is scaled according to income.

Services shall be provided to all persons without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance or veteran status, in compliance with 45 CFR Parts 80, 84, and 91 respectively.

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1-800-765-1388   or   641-324-1741

Free blood pressure checks are done Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.  Call for information and to schedule an appointment.


Cholesterol panels with a blood sugar test are available for $20 for any age with an advance appointment.  Please call 641-324-1741 or 1-800-765-1388.


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The Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:

Care for yourself by taking care of your health.  Three of the most important ways for a woman to take care of her health are to: 

  • Do a monthly self breast exam;
  • have a regular Pap test, pelvic exam, and breast exam;
  • have a yearly mammogram (if age 40 or over) 

You may be eligible to receive cancer screening tests at no cost through this program.  The program has arranged for health care providers across Iowa to provide breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic exams, and limited diagnostic tests.  Additionally, you may be able to receive referrals for breast and cervical cancer treatment coverage should you be diagnosed with cancer or a pre-cancerous condition.

To receive free services through this program, you must be over the age of 40 (women under age 40 with certain conditions may be eligible for services); have no health insurance, insurance that does not cover these services, cannot pay insurance deductibles for co-payments, or have no Medicare Part B coverage; and meet the following income and insurance eligibility guidelines: Click here for the 2011 Income Guidelines.

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Youth Substance Abuse Prevention:
Project TNT-This is a tobacco prevention curriculum taught to the fifth through eighth graders of Worth County.  It provides information about the consequences of tobacco use, changing beliefs and perceptions of prevalence of tobacco use, and decision making.  It also teaches effective communication, refusal skills and is an effective tool to increase self-esteem. Project Northland-Alcohol abuse prevention program about making positive, healthy choices.  Four levels of programming--6th grade (Slick Tracy), 7th (Amazing Alternatives), 8th (PowerLines), and high school (Class Action).  Each level is 5-8 sessions. Life Skills-Alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention program for 6th-9th grades in classrooms at N-K for one quarter school year. QuePasa-is a youth-led organization in the Northwood-Kensett and North Central School districts for junior high and high school students who have a desire to live substance-free lives.  The youth are educated and then educate younger students on the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  Learn about safe choices, responsibility and life skills. Prime for Life-is an under 21 alcohol education program.  It is intended to educate young people on new information that helps reduce risk for any future alcohol or drug related problems throughout life.  The program also provides a clear understanding of how our own biology and our behavior affects our risk for problems.  It teaches young people how their choices can create risk and the importance of always making low-risk choices about alcohol and drugs.
Project Alert-Substance abuse reduction program that discourages initial use and tries to prevent experimenters from becoming regular users.
Strengthening Families-Families learn tools and techniques to thrive in today's world and maintain values. Youth ages 5th and 6th grade and their parents/caregivers attend this 7-week video program.

1-800-765-1388   or   641-324-1741


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Worth County Courthouse and Treasurer's annex hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm except on designated holidays.

The Courthouse is located at 1000 Central Ave Northwood IA 50459 Worth County Courthouse
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Equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, the programs and activities of Worth County is available to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age or political beliefs.

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