Counties Matter

April is National County Government Month!

Linn County joins the National Association of Counties (NACo) to celebrate National County Government Month, held each April. County governments provide essential services to create healthy, vibrant, and safe communities. Counties build infrastructure, maintain roads and bridges, provide public health and social services, assist veterans, administer justice, keep communities safe, run elections, keep vital records, build and maintain parks and recreational areas, and so much more.

This year's theme from the National Association of Counties is "Counties RISE!

RISE! stands for Resiliency, Inclusion, Solvency, and Empowerment -- and the exclamation point speaks to the enthusiasm and passion with which we do this work and tell those stories.

  • Resiliency refers to our focus on the future and our determination to serve our communities even as they grow and change
  • Inclusion focuses on programming that ensures no one is left behind, especially those who have historically been underserved
  • Solvency means fostering economic mobility opportunities that help residents and communities prosper
  • Empowerment is a commitment to sharing resources and educating & informing one another

Linn County's strategic plan fits the RISE! theme through its focus on creating a resilient community and empowering County employees to embrace collaboration and innovation to help residents thrive.

Follow us on social media throughout the month of April as we highlight ways Linn County helps our residents and communities RISE!

Here we highlight some of the many programs and initiatives Linn County provides to help Linn County residents thrive and RISE! 

  1. Health and Social Services
  2. Resiliency
  • Make it OK: Linn County is a Make it OK workplace and is a proud partner in the Make it OK campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
  • Mental Health Access Center: Helps individuals 18 years of age and older who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. No appointment is necessary. 
  • Health Equity: Working to remove obstacles to health such as systemic racism, discrimination, poverty, and their consequences, ensuring equitable access to resources, and addressing disparate health outcomes. Linn County recently hired its first Health Equity Program Manager.
  • Clinical Health Services: Provides a wide variety of services including immunizations; tuberculosis, hepatitis, and STI testing; and initial health exams to new refugees arriving in Linn County.
  • Community ResourcesCollaborates with more than 30 community organizations to annually review and update community resource sheets to help residents find resources for housing, food, transportation, and other basic needs.
  • Children’s Mental Health Assistance: Funds mental health services for youth experiencing severe emotion disturbances when there are no other means available.
  • Ryan White Medical Case Management: Provides confidential support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Services are free of charge to qualified Iowans.
  • Veteran ServicesAssists veterans and their families with understanding and determining eligibility for benefits.
  • Public Safety: Linn County Sheriff’s Office is a certified Credible Leadership Organization focused on community betterment.
National County Government Month April 2023

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