Child health services are provided to families that need services beyond the scope of the Start Right First Steps program, a service that typically ends at 60 days postpartum. Program services include case management and health teaching for infants and children for a variety of conditions and situations, including: failure to thrive; child health monitoring in a potentially abusive or neglectful family; families who have relocated to the area and are unfamiliar with community services; and parents who are cognitively or physically challenged.
In addition, this program area includes the health department’s support and promotion of community-based interventions and services. Community involvement enables the health department to work in partnership with other organizations to address health issues impacting children and families.
Public health nurses participate on the following community workgroups: Marathon County Drug Endangered Children, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Department of Social Services Citizen Review Panel, Heart of Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition, United Way’s Ready to Read Literacy Program, Marathon County Birth to Six Interagency Council, Marathon County Child Mortality Review Team, Domestic Abuse Intervention Team, and EHAF (Emergency Housing Assist Fund).
For questions or more information related to child & family health, contact one of the Public Health Nurses at the Marathon County Health Department by calling 715-261-1900.