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JCHD busy with community activities

Jasper County Health Department Director Becky Pryor tells the Jasper County Board of Health about upcoming activities and events for the department during the March board meeting Thursday.
Jasper County Health Department Director Becky Pryor tells the Jasper County Board of Health about upcoming activities and events for the department during the March board meeting Thursday.

The Jasper County Health Department has been busy with activities and events through the beginning of the year with many more to come as summer approaches. JCHD Director Becky Pryor shared with the Jasper County Board of Health the work the department has been doing and the exciting upcoming events.

Throughout the past few weeks, members of staff have attended the PCM (Prairie City-Monroe) Mental Health Night, completed heart pledges for fourth and fifth graders at Newton schools in conjunctions with the American Lung Association and helped distribute “Stop the Bleed” kits at all schools in the county.

An upcoming event is Strengthening Families, a program in association with Employee and Family Resources (EFR). The program is an evidence-based parenting skills, children’s social skills and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP, both separately and together.

“They really need people, we help them get a great through EFR for food, they have incentives, we really want this to good off well because it is a really good program,” Pryor said.

Parents with children ages 10 to 14 are encouraged to participate. Sign up sheets are available through the health department.

Prom pledges are also underway for juniors and seniors at area high school. This year, the winning school has the opportunity to get a photo booth for its prom celebration.

“We’re pretty excited about the prom pledges this year,” Public Health Director Kristina Winfield said. “We wrote a grant for a photo booth, which is huge prize, better than pizza, so we have had great response.”

Other activities throughout the spring and into summer include a Kids Safety Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 at the YMCA in Newton, an Ice Cream Social with local law enforcement from 3 to 5 p.m. May 24, Splash, Paddle, Dig where life jackets will be available in association with Jasper County Conservation, a Car Seat Safety event with the Newton Police Department where car seats will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. June 22 at Lauterbach in Newton and the Newton Wellness Games during Newton Fest at noon June 7 on the courthouse lawn.

Handing out Personal Hygiene 101 Kits to seventh graders and lice kits to school nurses are a couple of the ongoing work the department is involved with.

Home Care Aide Manager Brenda Steenhoek gave the results of the 2018 client survey recently completed. Of the 104 surveys distributed, 74 were turned in, a 69 percent return rate.

“Of those we got nothing but good results,” Steenhoek said. “We asked them to rate us on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the best service that you have and our average was 9.65, so we did very well there.”

Some of the feedback clients shared included “I love you staff,” “I am happy with the service,” “Keep bringing in happy people,” “They are all really great” and “Thank you for our help.”

“Kudos to you, those are amazing survey results,” board member Dr. Andrew Cope said. “In healthcare, it is tough to get that good of score, people are not usually that generous, that is impressive.”

The department is holding a cleaning supply drive for clients who cannot afford the items. Any supplies can be dropped off at the health department, 116 W. Fourth St. S.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at
641-792-3121 ext. 6534

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