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May 17

Introducing Linn County Public Health

Posted on May 17, 2023 at 10:34 AM by Riley Cole

The Linn County Public Health logo on a window of the building that houses the public health agency.

Linn County Public Health had humble beginnings, as the agency started as the Cedar Rapids Department of Health between 1950 and 1967. It was in 1967 when the New Local Health Act was put into action, requiring each county in Iowa to establish a local board of health.

Fast forward to 2023, Linn County Public Health is now an agency that leverages five branches and specialty areas to facilitate programs and services throughout Linn County. Those branches or areas include:

  • Administration & Finance
  • Air Quality
  • Assessment & Health Promotion - added in 2015
  • Clinical Services
  • Food & Aquatic Safety, Tattoo & Tanning
  • Home & Water Quality
  • Laboratory Services
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Health Equity
  • Office of Public Health Preparedness

One of the most notable accomplishments for Linn County Public Health was becoming the first local public health department in the State of Iowa to earn accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in 2015. To be an accredited health department, Linn County Public Health underwent a rigorous assessment process that ensures the agency meets or exceeds quality standards and measures. Linn County Public Health earned reaccreditation status in 2022, reaffirming the staff's ability to provide high-quality public health services to those residing in Linn County.

Linn County Public Health employs 55-plus individuals to serve Linn County residents through a variety of programs and services, including food establishment inspections, immunizations, air quality monitoring and permitting, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and so much more. All of the work done within the agency strives to meet the mission and vision of Linn County Public Health.

  • Mission: To prevent disease and injury, promote safe and healthy living, protect the environment, and champion public health preparedness and health equity.
  • Vision: A healthy Linn County.

Another key part of the team at Linn County Public Health is you - our Linn County residents. Without Linn County residents, we would not be able immunize children and adults, develop community-wide partnerships, inspect food establishments, monitor air quality, or create a healthy Linn County. Each of you can play a role in public health by:

  • Encouraging your family and friends to stay up to date on vaccines, even those that are recommended - like HPV
  • Reporting unsafe conditions at homes, restaurants, pool and spa facilities, tanning facilities, and tattoo parlors
  • Reviewing any guidance or information on LinnCountyIowa.gov, such as how to collect a water sample, the Air Quality Index (AQI), and the CHIP
  • Following Linn County Public Health on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to spread the word about services or health-related messages

Linn County Public Health has a strong history rooted in best practices and caring for the community. Our agency will continue to be here for many years to come and with one goal in mind - a healthy Linn County.