Welcome to the Green Lake County Health Unit!
The mission of the Green Lake County Health Department is to promote and protect health and prevent disease.
We will become the leader in Public Health in Green Lake County promoting healthy people, thriving communities and safe environments.
THE GREEN LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. CAN BE REACHED OR PAGED AFTER HOURS FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS BY CALLING THE SHERIFF’S DEPT. DISPATCH AT 920-294-4000.
The Green Lake County Health Department is working in conjunction with state and local agencies to help monitor and respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s what you need to know:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in people and animals. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Some human coronaviruses were identified many years ago and others more recently. Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide.
Recently, a new strain of human coronavirus emerged, COVID-19. Illnesses associated with this virus were first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
COVID-19 is spread to others mainly through an infected person’s cough or sneeze. This is similar to how influenza is spread. The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face or eyes, the virus can make them sick.
There are currently no vaccines or medications available to prevent or treat COVID-19. The most important things you can do to prevent getting sick include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue to cough or sneeze into, use your sleeve instead of your hands.
- Do not have close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are feeling sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.
On March 12, 2020, Gov. Evers declared a public health emergency for the state of Wisconsin and directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to use all resources necessary to respond to and contain the spread of the virus in the state of Wisconsin. Measures are being put in place across the state and the nation to help prevent further spread of the virus. The Green Lake Couty Health Department has been working with healthcare providers, schools, and other partners to share recommendations from DHS and plan for the future.
Due the rapidly evolving nature of this outbreak, we ask that Green Lake County citizens looking for information on COVID-19 monitor the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for the most up to date information. Here are some links you may find helpful:
Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 Page- https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
CDC COVID 19 Page- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For people who are or who have been traveling- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
For people planning community events- Click here to view memo regarding mass gatherings
For businesses and employers- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
For older adults and people at high risk for severe illness- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html#Have-supplies-on-hand
If you have specific questions regarding COVID-19 response in Green Lake County or if you have recently traveled or are planning travel to a high-risk area, please call the Health Department directly at 920-294-4070.
Shari Krause – Public Health Program Specialist
Kathy Munsey – Health Officer
Julia McCarroll – CHES Health Educator
Renee Peters – Birth to 3 Services Coordinator
Rachel Prellwitz – Public Health Nurse
Kari Schneider – Public Health Nurse
Melanie Simpkins – Public Health Nurse/Educator
Allison McCormick – Environmental Health Specialist
Birth to 3
Are you the parent of a child under 3? Every family wants the best possible start for their child. Even though all children are different, there are certain milestones that children are expected to achieve such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, talking, and understanding what is said to them (to name a few).
The Birth to 3 Program is a service to assist families in supporting their child’s development. If you have concerns about the way your child is developing, don’t wait! Call (920)294-4070.
Parents, family members, and professionals work as members of the Early Intervention Team to promote a child’s development.
Who may be eligible for Birth to 3 Services?
Children experiencing difficulties with thinking or learning skills, movement skills, talking and understanding skills, feeding, daily living skills, interactions, and play skills.
Children with a diagnosed medical, physical, or mental condition that may affect their development; for example- Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic illness, vision or hearing impairments, etc.
The Birth to 3 Program will work with you to:
Evaluate your child’s development
Develop a plan for services based on your family and child’s strengths, concerns, and needs
Provide information about additional community resources and link you to them
Offer advocacy and support
How does Birth to 3 Services fit in with other community services?
The Birth to 3 home-based program is one piece of a network of family support services offered in your community. Families may be involved in one or many services depending on individual child and family needs. The Birth to 3 Program will work together with other service providers to ensure the most effective use of resources for your family.
What is your child doing?
- Holds head up
- Grasps objects
- Babbles, coos
- Turns toward sounds
- Rolls from back to stomach
- Reaches for toys
- Sits with support
- Mouths objects
- Grasps with thumb and forefinger
- Imitates sounds
- Hold, bites, and chews cracker
- Stands alone, takes steps
- Builds tower of 2 blocks
- Follows simple instructions
- Finger feeds self
- Walks alone, seldom falls
- Names objects
- Begins to use spoons
- Combines words
- Jumps in place
- Turns page of book
- Points to 4 body parts
- Initiates play activities
- Walks up and down stairs
- Copies a circle
- Points to small details in a picture
- Parents know their child best and are important members of the Early Intervention Team
- Parent-child interactions are the building blocks of a child’s development
- Children’s development is best supported through interactions with familiar people in play and daily routines
Birth to 3 Providers work with families to plan and implement the most appropriate program for the child.
For more information, to make a referral, or to request a free screening, please call:
Green Lake County
Birth to 3 Program
571 County Road A
Green Lake, WI 54941
Because the first 3 years build a lifetime
Childhood Lead Poison Prevention
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. Effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected. Preventing lead exposure before it occurs is the most important step parents, doctors, and others can take. To learn more about childhood lead poisoning prevention reference the following:
WI CLPPP (Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program)
Below are links with additional information regarding Blood Lead Levels:
Blood Lead Levels! What Do They Mean?
Blood Lead Levels in Children! How to Protect Your Children!
Children's Community Options Program
The Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) provides supports and services to children living at home or in the community who have one or more of the following long-term disabilities:
- Developmental disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Severe emotional disturbances
The child’s disability is characterized by a substantial limitation in the ability to function in at least two of the following areas:
- Receptive and expressive language
CCOP funding can be used to provide a range of services and supports that allow the child to remain in the home or community. Allowable services are selected based on an individualized assessment of the child’s needs and a service plan completed by the local county CCOP agency, in consultation with the child’s family. Some examples of covered services include home modifications, respite care, adaptive equipment, transportation, care management, and communication aids. Parents may be required to pay a sliding scale fee, based on the family’s income and service costs. CCOP funding cannot be used to replace services that are available through Medicaid, Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Medicaid waiver programs, schools or private insurance.
Eligibility Criteria (must meet all eligibility criteria listed below):
- Be under 22 years of age.
- Be a resident of Wisconsin with intent to remain.
- Be living in a home or community setting.
- Require a level of care typically provided at an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), a nursing home or a hospital.
Reporting Communicable Diseases
Wisconsin Statutes requires physicians and child caregivers to report communicable diseases to your local health department. This early reporting will provide the necessary information needed to contact the family and begin an investigation to help control further spread of the disease. Below is a link to Chapter HFS 145, which lists the diseases which are currently reportable.
What to Do to Report Diseases
For diseases in Categories I, II and III, follow the procedure below:
- Call your local public health department.
- Identify connection with case, i.e. health provider, daycare worker
- Report illness (also include anyone who has contact with the ill person).
- Give the following information for each case (Categories I and II only):
- Name of the ill person
- Physician of ill person, if known
- Diagnosed or suspected disease
- Address and telephone of ill person
- Age or date of birth of ill person
- Race and ethnicity of ill person
- County of residence of ill person
- Date of onset of illness, if known
- Name of parent or guardian, if a minor
- Immunization history, if the disease is a vaccine-preventable disease
- Phone and address for local public health agencies are listed in the governmental agency section of your phone book under “health” or “public health.”
For fact sheets on these diseases, go to http://www.cdc.gov/health/default.htm
Community Health Improvement Plan Updates
The Green Lake County Health Unit has developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Attached is the most current plan.
- February 2017 Update of GL CHIP Activities
- August 2016 Update of GL CHIP Activities
- February 2016 Update of GL CHIP Activities
- August 2015 Update of GL CHIP Activities
- 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
- 2011 CHIP Progress Report
- Green Lake County CHIP Plan Endorsement
For more information contact the Green Lake County Health Unit at (920)294-4070.
Environmental Health Services
Environmental Health Services are provided by the Tri-County Environmental Health Consortium. The Consortium consists of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara counties. Waushara County is the lead agency for this program.
For more information about services available through the consortium, visit www.wausharacountypublichealth.com/Food-Program
Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) was awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) project grant to study and prepare for anticipated climatic effects on the public’s health. Click on the link to see how climate can affect your health.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
This program involves community preparedness planning and exercises to respond to natural disasters, pandemic influenza, mass clinic operations, natural disaster events, and other public health threats.
- Ready Wisconsin
- WI DHS Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Utility Service Interruptions
- Build an Emergency Kit
- Flood Hazards and Recover
Are you interested in helping during a public health emergency or disaster?
Click here to learn more about how to register as a volunteer on the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry.
Routine health care should include immunizations whether they come from your personal health care provider or from your local health department. The full range of required childhood immunizations as well as adult tetanus is provided at no charge at monthly clinics. TB Skin testing, Adult Hepatitis B series and Adult Flu vaccine are available for a fee.
Please call Green Lake County Health Department at 920-294-4070 or 800-664-3588 to schedule an appointment. Parents must accompany kids under age 18. No walk-ins please.
GREEN LAKE COUNTY IMMUNIZATION CLINICS FOR 2020
January 14th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
February 11th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
March 10th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
April 14th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
May 12th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
June 9th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
July 14th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
August 11th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
September 8th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
October 13th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
November 10th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
December 8th 1:00-4:00 p.m., Green Lake
Clinic Locations: GREEN LAKE – Human Services Center, 571 County Road A (2nd Tuesday of each month)
**Clinic dates are adjusted if they fall on legal or government holidays.
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED! CALL 920-294-4070 OR 1-800-664-3588
NEW FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS ONLY ALLOW US TO SERVE CHILDREN on MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, Badgercare or those who are un-insured. those who have insurance should contact their physician to obtain their childhood vaccinations. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FLU SHOTS FOR ADULTS AS IN THE PAST.
Click here for a printable 2020 Immunization Schedule
The Green Lake County Health and Human Services Department is part of a four County Radon Information Center (RIC). The information center was started in 1996 and also serves Dodge, Marquette, and Waushara Counties. Our RIC has compiled information and resources to educate residents about radon, associated health risks, testing procedures and methods of reduction.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and chemically inert gas. It is a byproduct of naturally occurring decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. It can be found in all 50 states. Radon can be easily inhaled and damage lung tissue due to the gas’s radioactive properties. Lung tissue damage can lead to cancer over time.
How does Radon get into my house?
Trapped gasses build up pressure in homes. As air leaves the attic of a home, a negative pressure field is formed, drawing soil gasses through floors and walls.
Very high Radon in water can add to levels in the home. Typically, Radon levels in water must be extremely high to make a significant contribution to the overall Radon gas level in a home. This is normally not seen in this area of Wisconsin.
What are the health effects associated with Radon?
The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer. Smokers exposed to elevated Radon levels have a much higher risk of lung cancer.
Radon exposure does not cause any short-term health effects such as shortness of breath, headaches, respiratory illnesses, coughing or headaches.
My neighbor doesn’t have high Radon. Do I need to test?
Yes. Radon levels can be different from home to home depending on a number of factors. This is commonly seen in our area. Typically, radon differs due to distance from the source but can also be affected by soil types and construction techniques.
How do I test for Radon?
You can test for radon with an EPA-listed kit or by hiring an EPA-listed contractor to test you home for you. KIts can be purchased on-line and at most local hardware stores. The Green Lake County Department of Health & Human Services – Health Unit offers kits to county residents. The kits distributed by the consortium are simple, easy to use, and come with full instructions.
What level is considered “safe”?
The EPA states that any radon exposure may carry some risk, however; they recommend that homes be fixed if an occupant’s long term exposure will average 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
Can the problem be fixed and for how much?
Yes, the radon problem can be fixed with a mitigation system installed that meets the needs of each individual home. Costs differ based on the home but can run anywhere from $600 to $1200. Although we highly recommend that you use a licensed radon contractor, sometimes homeowners can install the systems themselves.
Radon resistant construction can be incorporated during building. Costs typically will be under $100 for the materials. Contact the information center for more information.
Resources for Additional Services
- Adult Abuse investigation – Call Adult Protective Services at (920)294-4070
- Birth and Death Certificates – Call Wisconsin Vital Records at (608)266-1371
- Child Abuse and Neglect investigation – Call Green Lake County Human Services Child Protection Help line (920)294-4070
- Emergency – 911
- Home Health Care – See Home Health Services in the Yellow Pages
- Poison Control Center -1-800-222-1222
- Urgent or Emergency Health Care – See “Physicians” or “Clinics” in the Yellow Pages
- Medical Assistance can be found at – https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/index.htm or www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp
- Medicare – www.medicare.gov
- Children with Special Health Care Needs – www.northeastregionalcenter.org/
- Pandemic Influenza (Flu) Information – http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov/
- Tobacco Quitline – 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
5 Counties for Tobacco Free Living
5 Counties for Tobacco-Free Living serves Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Washington, and Waushara Counties. Our mission is to create nicotine and tobacco-free environments in which we live, work, and play, while promoting healthy lifestyles through education, advocacy, and policy.
Quit Tobacco Resources
The 5 Counties for Tobacco-Free Living does not offer any direct cessation services. We suggest the following resources:
Smokefree.gov is designed to help you or anyone you care about quit. It offers numerous resources that can be combined to create a custom quit plan.
WI Tobacco Quit Line (24 hours/ 7days a week)
The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is a toll free service available to help Wisconsin residents quit. The Quitline is available from 7 AM to 2AM daily. For more information, contact the Quitline.
If you are a pregnant woman and would like help quitting tobacco, First Breath is a great resource for those who are eligible.
Quit for Life
The American Cancer Society teaches people how to become experts in living without tobacco using “The 4 Essential Practices to Quit For Life,” principles based on 25 years of research and experience helping people quit tobacco.
Other Free Quit Tobacco Resources
- SmokeFree TXT (Español)
- Tobacco Cessation Treatment: What is Covered?
- Be Through With Chew Resources
- My Last Dip
- Military- Quit Tobacco
- Quit Resources from American Lung Association
- Not Ready to Quit?
Tools for Employers/Businesses
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease, asthma, cancer, and many other chronic health conditions. Smokefree building policies are the only effective means to eliminate this risk. The Coalition is available as a resource to help local businesses develop or expand tobacco free policies.
The Green Lake County Health Unit has water test kits to test your water for:
The test kits are sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for analysis.
There is a fee for each test and results take approximately one week.
Private wells should be tested annually to ensure good water quality.
For more in formation contact the Green Lake County Health Unit at (920)294-4070.
Wisconsin Well Women Program
Need help getting women’s health checkups? The Wisconsin Well Woman Program pays for clinical breast exam, pap & pelvic exam and mammogram.
You may be eligible for services AT NO COST TO YOU if
- You are a woman age 45-64
- You have little or no health insurance
- Your annual household income meets our guidelines–up to $27,075 for one person, $36,425 for two people* *Net taxable income for farm families and self-employed persons. For larger families add $9,350 for each additional person.
For residents of Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties, contact
Susan Garcia Franz
211 N Commerical Street
Neenah WI 54956-2690
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Please call 1-800-942-5330 or 1-920-787-5514 ext. 225 to schedule a WIC appointment
1st Wednesday – Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Wednesday – Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Wednesday – Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
4th Wednesday – Green Lake Co. Health & Human Services 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
**Clinic dates are adjusted if they fall on legal or government holidays.
For more information regarding WIC (Women, Infants and Children) please go to the following website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/