Wood County, Wisconsin

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Family Health Services

Being healthy as a family is important for the health and development of a child throughout their lifespan. Health needs include access to medical, dental, basic needs, and resources to manage stress and emotional concerns. Some families struggle to access quality healthcare services, which impacts the health, safety, and well-being of children, families, and communities.

Health gaps due to barriers of race or ethnicity, education, income, location, housing, access to nutritious food, or other social factors puts individuals at higher risk of poor health outcomes. Community interventions work to improve access to quality health care, ensure safe and healthy living conditions, and prevent injury and disease.

Family enjoying a picnic with healthy foods

Wood County Health Department services:

  • Parents as Teachers - Evidence-based home visiting program focusing on child development, developmental-centered parenting, and family well-being. The goal of this program is to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development, improve parent practices, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and increase children’s school readiness and success.
  • Prenatal Care Coordination Program- consultation, education and support to pregnant people at risk for a poor birth outcome. Call 715-421-8911 for questions or more information for eligibility requirements.
  • Parenting Newsletter – subscribe to free monthly parenting e-newsletters Just in Time specific to a child’s age and needs: UWEX parenting site
  • First Breath - participants share their own experiences about how and why they stopped using tobacco, alcohol and other substances during pregnancy and beyond.

Additional services available in Wood County:

  • Birth to 3 Program - early intervention program serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
  • 800-246-5743 - provides quality, confidential reproductive health care, education and nutrition counseling that is affordable and accessible through direct care and strategic partnerships.
  • National Maternal Mental Health Hotline - provides 24/7, free, confidential support for individuals if they feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or exhausted at different times during their pregnancy or after the baby is born. Call 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262).
  • Planned Parenhood - provides quality, affordable reproductive health care and health education.
  • Wisconsin Well Woman Program - helps women who have little or no health insurance get screening for breast and cervical cancers.
  • Text4Baby Educational Program - a free app to get critical health and safety information by text.
  • Bright By Text - a free program that provides tips and resources to promote child development sent to your cell phone.