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Children’s Health Screening

General screening services are offered in conjunction with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinics held monthly in Mt. Pleasant at the First Presbyterian Church.  Services include:

  • Dental screening by a dental hygienist
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Social work services
  • Lead screening

Childhood Immunization Clinics

Every Wednesday and Thursday: 1 – 4 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month: 1 – 6 p.m.
Every Tuesday: 9 – 11 a.m.

No appointment necessary. Regular childhood vaccines are available for eligible children at no charge. Donations are accepted. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to sign permission forms prior to immunization.  Regular childhood vaccines are available for VFC (Vaccine for Children) eligible* children at no charge.

*VFC eligible children are 0-18 years of age who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in Medicaid (Title 19)
  • Uninsured (have no insurance)
  • Underinsured (have health care coverage but the benefit plan does not include coverage for immunizations)

Newborn Home Visitor Program

All children born at HCHC and those born elsewhere and live in Henry County are eligible for a home visit to share information on health, safety, parenting, growth and development, community resources and assistance with referrals.  An assessment of the infant, including any feeding issues is also included.  Telephone reassurance is available.  Home visits are free of charge.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead poisoning prevention is an important Public Health Service.  Lead poisoning is a silent disease:

  • You may not know if your home has lead paint—homes built before 1960 frequently have lead based paint.
  • Your child can have lead poisoning and not seem sick.
  • Children with lead poisoning may have learning disabilities and behavior problems.  Serious cases can lead to death.

A blood sample from your child’s finger is all that is needed to obtain a lead level for your child.  All Iowa children must have proof of a blood lead test before starting kindergarten or as soon after that as the parents are notified that the child needs a test.   Testing is done during WIC Clinics and by appointment at the Community Health office.