Southwest Health and Human Services - Redwood County Office

Public Health Services | Pandemic Flu



Our services are geared to provide educational, nutritional, screening, and health and well being services to our county residents.  We are here to meet your needs. No one is refused service based on their inability to pay.

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If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact our office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday.


Southwest Health and Human Service-Redwood County Office

Public health

507-637-4041, fax: 507-637-4046

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507-637-4050, fax: 507-637-4055

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266 E. Bridge St, Redwood Falls, MN 56283

Click here to find medical, dental, transportation, and other services in Redwood County.

Redwood Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF)

Bridge to Benefits
Find out what benefits you qualify for with out going to all the offices.  It also provides links to the forms you will need to get your benefits started.

Services offered by Southwest Health
and Human Services

Please click titles to read more about these programs.

Child & Teen Checkups

Disease Prevention & Control

Environmental Health

Family Health

Family Planning

Follow Along Program

Health Promotion

Health Promotion For All Ages


Maternal & Child Health

Nurse-Family Partnership

Other Health Related Web Sites


WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

Family Health

Family Health Home Visiting 

This program provides home visits to personís age 0-21 years of age who are medically fragile, have questions about home safety, nutrition, growth and development, health status, and other parental concerns.  These services can be referred by you, your physician, hospital, school, and other community agencies. 


Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC) 

This program is a combined effort of many agencies to provide services, guidance and referrals to children from birth to 3 years of age who have problems that affects their development and ability to learn.


Early Childhood Screening 

Under current law, schools must offer a preschool screening for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 year olds in their school districts in order to detect problems as early as possible that may affect the child in school.  Southwest Health and Human Services nurses cooperate with the school districts to provide the screenings at various times during the school year.  The screening components are determined by your school district.  The screenings can include height, weight, developmental screening, hearing, vision, and a health history.  Nurses provide one-to-one counseling with parents regarding the health, development, and behavior of their child.


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Child & Teen Checkups

Has your child had a checkup lately?

Use the resource guide below to find medical, dental, transportation, and other services in Redwood County

2012 Provider Resource Guide PDF


Recommended Child & Teen Checkup Schedule

2 Weeks

18 Months  

10 Years

2 Months

24 Months

12 Years

4 Months

3 Years

14 Years

6 Months

4 Years

16 Years

9 Months

5 Years  

18 Years

12 Months

6 Years

20 Years

 15 Months

 8 Years


Redwood County Health can assist you in finding a medical home if you donít have one.

Make sure your childís growth and development are right on track by taking him or her to your physician at the scheduled times listed above.

If you have any questions please call us at 507-637-4041 or visit the Child & Teen Checkup Home page.


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WIC - Women, Infants, & Children
What is WIC?
WIC is a nutrition education program that provides supplemental foods that promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5.

Benefits of being enrolled in the WIC program:
You get nutritious foods at no cost.
You receive nutrition counseling for yourself and your children.
You save money. The extra money can be used to purchase foods that WIC does not provide.

Who is eligible?
Pregnant Women
Breastfeeding Women
Women who have a baby less than six months old
Infants and children up to 5 years old who:

  • Live in this county.

  • Are at nutritional risk.

  • Meet our liberal income guidelines.

Visit the Minnesota WIC website if you have any income eligibility questions or call our staff at 507-637-4041.

Pregnant with your first baby?  We can helpÖ

What is Nurse-Family Partnership? 

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program for first-time moms that provides you with a nurse until your baby is 2 years old.  

Your nurse will help you:

Have a health pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Be the best parent you can be.

Get referrals for support services available in your community.

Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills.

Set goals for your familyís future and find ways to help you reach them. 

Who can enroll in the program? 

Any woman who is pregnant with her first child, meets low-income requirements and lives

within the service area. You are encouraged to enroll as early as possible in your pregnancy.

For more information, call:   Wende Davis: 507-530-5008 or  Southwest Health and Human Services:507-637-4041

Maternal & Child Health
This home visiting service is provided to families both before and after the baby is born. Every family in Redwood County can have the opportunity to have these home visiting services. Southwest Health and Human Services has partnered with Wal-Mart and the Redwood County Family Collaborative to provide a blanket and gift pack to each Redwood County family willing to receive a home visit after the baby is born.

If you would like this home visiting service, please give us a call at 507-637-4041.
Topics discussed during the visit include:

Before the baby is born:

Prenatal Care
Preterm Labor
Substance Abuse
Family Planning
Infant Injury Prevention
The Newborn
Cesarean Birth
Labor & Delivery
Fetal Growth & Development
Exercise During Pregnancy
Warning Signs During Pregnancy
Sex During Pregnancy
Relaxation & Breathing Techniques
Childhood Illness & Immunization
Bottle Feeding
Unexpected Pregnancy Outcomes

After the baby is born:

Postpartum Physical Changes
Activity Level & Exercise
Weight Loss Plans
Sexuality & Menstruation
Episiotomy Care
Family Planning
Self Breast Exam
Bottle Feeding


Follow Along Program

What is Follow Along Program?

This program follows children (birth to 4 years) through parent questionnaires to ensure appropriate developmental growth, refers children to appropriate resources, and provides parental support/education. There is no charge to families.


How does it work?

Families are enrolled with a home visit and receive ASQ's (Ages and Stages Questionnaires) at certain ages during their childís development. 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 items are also sent to you.  


What happens if a problem is noted?

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.

Family Planning
Minnesota Family Planning Program

Redwood-Renville Community Health Board no longer has the Family Planning Special Projects Grant.

Below are some alternatives for your family planning needs:

Minnesota Family Planning Program
The Minnesota Family Planning Program is for people who:

Are between the ages of 15 and 50.
Are a Minnesota resident.
Are a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen who is qualified to participate in federally funded programs.
Have an income at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. For people under 21 years of age, parentís income is not considered.
Are not pregnant
Are not enrolled in Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare or General Assistance Medical Care.

Use these links to learn more about:

Planned Parenthood
Services are offered in Willmar. Call first as hours may vary 1-800-268-9150.


Health Promotion

Health Education & Promotion Clinics

This service is provided to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent issues from becoming a health problem.


Individual & Families

Education can be provided in person or over the phone to help you take better care of yourself and your family on a variety of health related topics.

  • Head Lice

  • Environmental Concerns

  • Infant Care

  • Available Resources

  • Nutrition

  • Hand Washing

  • Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

  • Tobacco and Alcohol Use


Community Groups

Our professional staff can provide information to your group on a variety of health related topics.

  • Home Safety

  • Food Safety

  • Car Seat Safety

  • Diabetes

  • Alzheimerís

  • Arthritis

  • Men or Womenís Health Issues

  • Physical Inactivity

Please click here for fact sheets on a variety of health topics.

Health Promotion for All Ages

Start Noticing is a coalition that works with youth, parents, local community leaders and retailers to educate people to start noticing the tobacco advertising in our communities. We need your help. The tobacco companies are spending billions of dollars to hook new smokers, advertise to youth and replace dying customers. We need to educate youth, retailers and members of our communities on the harmful effects of tobacco marketing strategies.

Go to and DO SOMETHING. Become a fan of our Facebook page.         

Check out our videos on Youtube!

Environmental Health

Water Testing

We offer low-cost water testing of private wells.  If you meet the income guidelines, your water testing may even be free.  Water quality cannot be determined by sight, smell or even taste. We suggest you test for these contaminates:

  • Coliform Bacteria

  • Nitrate-Nitroge

  • Sulfates   

Is your environment safe?

We are here to help your environment be a healthy one.  We can provide information or refer you to someone in order to work out a satisfactory solution to health problems caused by air, water, rodents, lead screening and product safety.  Please give us a call if you have questions about your environment.

Click here for MDH information and fact sheets on a variety of environmental health topics.


MDH Immunization Hotline:


This immunization schedule is a general guideline based on CDC/ACIP schedules.  The information is subject to change depending on a number of factors specific to your situation.


If you havenít started your childís immunizations yet it is not too late to get started!  They canít enter school without them!


Please call our office to determine your childís specific needs.


We provide low cost immunizations to Redwood County residents who have no insurance or have health insurance, but have out-of-pocket cost for vaccine (e.g., no vaccine coverage, deductible not yet met, co-pay that applies to vaccines.

Note: It does not include a co-pay charged for an office visit. Call your insurance company to determine if they cover the immunization or preventative care services.  Our guidelines are set by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Bring your childís gold card with you to each appointment. The clinic nurse will add the new shots given. If a gold card is not given to you, ask for one.

The Southwest Minnesota Immunization Information System (MIIC) is an immunization database that has immunization records.

Call MIIC if you are in need of immunization records for your childís school, camp, daycare, preschool or any other reason.


Disease Prevention & Control

Pandemic Flu Information

Outbreak Investigation


When an infectious or non-infectious disease strikes in Redwood County we provide investigation and follow-up as directed by Minnesota Department of Health. 


Our effort would include coordination of resources, contact investigations, immunization of persons at risk, and education. 




Here are examples of outbreaks we would follow:

Norovirus (previously known as Norwalk)
Seasonal Influenza
Pandemic Flu
West Nile
Sexually Transmitted Disease

Illness prevention starts with you!
Practice these routine public health recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu:
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs.

Emergency Management and Bioterrorism

Redwood County has a comprehensive Emergency Management plan that includes not only natural disasters but also biological disasters.

Public Healthís role in this function is multifaceted and would include just some of the following:

  • Providing Mass Clinic Vaccinations as directed by Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Provide contact investigation services.

  • Provide food safety assistance during a disaster.

  • Provide immunizations for safety of workers (tetanus shots).

  • Assist in providing safe living conditions for displaced residences.

SHIP: Statewide Health Improvement Plan
About SHIP Brochure

Don't Let Cabin Fever Get the Best of You!

SHIP Log Newsletters

September 2011

July/August 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

January/February 2011

November/December 2010

September/October 2010

June/July 2010

April/May 2010

February/March 2010

January 2010


Minnesota Department of Health's SHIP Site

The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier, better lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease.


SHIP is an integral component of an overall health care reform initiative passed during the 2008 Legislative session. Minnesotaís health reforms aim to simultaneously improve the health of Minnesotans, enhance the patient experience and contain the spiraling costs of health care in our state.


SHIP focuses on broad, behind-the-scenes changes that make it easier for people to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.


  • Policy interventions include changes in laws and regulations, such as restricting smoking in public buildings and providing time off during work hours for physical activity.

  • Systems interventions create change in organizations and institutions, such as a school district implementing food preparation options or offering more time in physical education in all schools in the district.

  • Environmental interventions include decisions about land use, zoning and community design, such as ensuring that neighborhoods have access to healthy foods and there are ample opportunities for activities such as walking and biking.

Other Health Related Web Sites

CDC (Center for Disease Control)

Certified Food Manager List

Clean-up After a Flood Fact Sheets from the Minnesota Department of Health

ECHO Minnesota: Health education videos in various languages. Topics from Flu to Winter Safety

Emergency Preparedness

Food Irradiation

General Health Statistics by County

General Minnesota Department of Health

Healthcare 411 Pod casts and other good research based health information

Immunizations including vaccines needed for foreign travel

Indoor Air Quality Information on radon, second hand smoke, carbon monoxide, mold

Let's Move

Mayo Clinic Information on diseases and illnesses

Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Health  Asbestos, drinking water, fish consumption, food safety, indoor air, lead, meth labs, pools, etc.

Minnesota Dept of Agriculture Information  on food allergies, Foot and Mouth Disease, Mad Cow Disease, and Minnesota Grown Directory)

MN Food Code, Familiarization Guide, and Fact Sheets

MN Food Safety Center

Mold Resource

New Horizons Crisis Center

NSF International (to look up NSF approved food and beverage equipment, helpful for restaurant owners)

Redwood County Collaborative

Starting A Food Business in Minnesota

Statistics on Adolescent Behavior

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