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Family health is a crucial part of keeping your family safe, happy and of course, healthy. During the pandemic, it is even more important to stay on top of your family’s mental and physical health to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Some Goodhue County residents have been wondering if the county offers any resources to help keep families healthy and the answer to that is: absolutely, there are many.

Most of the resources will be listed below, but don’t hesitate to check out the county’s family health page for more information.

Family health resources:

 

Car seats

Goodhue County Health and Human Services (GCHHS) offers car seat education from trained nurses. If you are not able to afford a car seat, the county offers free car seats to those who qualify. Contact the GCHHS at 651-385-3200 to place a referral.

Child and Teen Checkups Program

Child and Teen Checkups is Minnesota’s name for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program that is offered for newborns through the age of 20. Patients must be enrolled in Medical Assistance.

This program connects young people with medical and dental service providers and offers information regarding youth health, safety and community resources. 

Anyone can schedule an appointment at their local doctor’s office through this program.

Follow Along Program

The Follow Along Program helps parents know if their child is growing and developing at the same rate as other children their age. 

A nurse will visit with the parent to find out more about their child, then questionnaires will be sent for the parent to fill out. The results of the questionnaires will be shared with the parent and if there are any concerns, the nurse will contact them to discuss further action.

The program is completely free of charge and anyone can sign up by contacting a family health nurse through the public health office at 651-385-3200.

Home visits

Goodhue County Public Health offers prenatal, postpartum and child health home visits that give support and parenting information to families. They also offer visits to improve pregnancy outcomes, teach child growth and development and provide information to decrease child abuse and domestic violence.

Anyone can schedule a visit by calling the public health office at 651-385-3200.

WIC

Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program that focuses on nutrition by helping families eat well and stay healthy.

The program provides help with breastfeeding, one-on-one nutrition counseling, nutrition education, vouchers to buy healthy foods and referrals to other health and social services.

To participate in the program you must be pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently had a baby. Children under the age of five can receive the program’s nutritional benefits.

For more information, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/wic.

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