Public Health Department, Jefferson County, IA

Public Health Department

Public Health Department for Jefferson County, Iowa

Public Health Department

Public Health Department

Duties: The Public Health Department is responsible for the health of citizens of Jefferson County.

Administrator: Christine Estle, RN, BSN, Administrator

Location: Jefferson County Public Health-200 West Briggs, Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Contact: Phone: 641-472-5929, Fax: 641-469-3189
Facebook Page: Click to go to Facebook page

Updated Feb 27, 2020

        Update Feb 27, 2020    Links to resources about -- coronavirus info-COVID 19

    1. Iowa Department of Public Health    (

    2. See a Press Release issued 02-26-2020 (as a PDF) by the Jefferson County Public Health Dept.

    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    (

    4. IDPH will be hosting a series of targeted webinars next Monday, March 2, 2020 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020 discussing COVID-19 preparedness measures - see PDF.

    Also, see our Facebook Page: Click to go to our Facebook page

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Welcome to Jefferson County Public Health

Jefferson County Public Health is committed to protecting and promoting the health of residents of Jefferson County. Please browse our page to see how Public Health can help you, and see many links to other services.

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 ⚫ Mission Statement for the Jefferson County Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nursing is the practice of professional nursing designed to promote holistic health, prevent illness, and provide care to all population groups. It ranges from individualized nursing intervention to a global perspective of world health, with the focus on the population as a whole.

It is the mission of Jefferson County Public Health to improve the health of residents in Jefferson County, with health being defined to mean the mental, physical, and social well-being of the people and not just the absence of disease.

The Jefferson County Board of Health of Jefferson County subscribes to the concept of health by the World Health Organization as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without destruction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition."

  Jefferson County Board of Health:

    Members of the Board of Health are appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors to three year terms.

      2019 BOH Meeting Schedule-The third Thursday of the following months at 6 pm -January, March, May, July, September, & November.

      Board of Health Members and Term Expires:
        Kristy Nystrom, PA - 12/31/2023
        Joni Hanshaw, ARNP - 12/31/2023
        James Trent, MD - 12/31/2024
        Melisse Jones - 12/31/2024
        Daryn Hamilton - 12/31/2024

      Website about Public Health in Iowa -
        Iowa Department of Public Health website -

 ⚫ Childhood Immunizations

Regular childhood vaccines are available for VFC (Vaccines For Children) eligible* children at no charge. Donations are accepted. Previous immunization records are needed.

Immunization clinics are held the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 1-4 PM.

*VFC eligible children are 0-18 years of age who meet one or more of the following criteria:

The recommended vaccine schedule for Infants and Children can be found on the CDC website.

The recommended vaccine schedule for everyone can be found on the CDC website.

Please click on the Iowa Department of Public Health link to follow the latest information on Measles -

Information about H1N1 flu --

 ⚫ Adult Immunizations

The recommended schedule for immunizations can be found on the CDC website.

Check with your doctor if you are over 65 years of age for a special immunization schedule.

The following private pay adult vaccines are available at Jefferson County Public Health:

Mantoux skin testing for TB is also available at our office.

 ⚫ Immunizations for Foreign Travel

Information about Travelers' Health can be found on the CDC website.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the University of Iowa Travel & Tropical Medicine Clinic at 319-356-4252 or by contacting your local physician.

 ⚫ Note: JCPH is no longer a Medicare/Medicaid certified home care agency.

Read our new Jefferson County Public Health Partners Program as a PDF.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - Please call us during office hours:  Monday-Friday 7:30-noon, 1:00-4:00 PM   641-472-5929

 ⚫ Children's Health

    Hawk-i Program

Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa, or hawk-i, is a health insurance program for children. hawk-i serves children throughout the state, making sure they receive the medical attention they need so they can grow healthy and strong. hawk-i is for families who make too much money to receive Medicaid, but who struggle with the financial responsibilities of private insurance plans.

Children ages zero to nineteen, whose families meet the income guidelines set forth by the program, are eligible to receive low-cost or free health insurance through the hawk-i program.

For more information about hawk-i, please go to

    Children's Health, Women, Infant, Child Nutrition (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal and infant formula at no cost to families with pregnant women or young children.

Through this program families also receive nutritional counseling from trained dieticians and referrals for health care. Income guidelines must be met for eligibility in the program.

Additional information can be found at

WIC for Jefferson County is available at 1st United Methodist Church, 201 N. Court Street on the following days of the month:

Please call for appointment.
Phone 800-452-1098

Inclement weather policy: Please listen to local radio station KMCD 1570am for closings.

    Children's Health, Lead Poisoning

Lead Poisoning is a silent disease:

A blood sample from your child's finger is all that is needed to obtain a lead level for your child.

Beginning in the Fall of 2008, all Iowa children must have proof of a blood lead test before starting kindergarten, or as soon after that as the parents are notified that the child needs a test.

More information is on the Iowa Department of Public Health website, at to

    Children's Health, Resources for Children's Health

Below are a number of resources and information for parents.

i-Smile Dental Program

Child Passenger Safety Laws

Zero to Three

SIEDA Website
   SIEDA (Southern Iowa Economic Development Association, Jefferson County Resource Center: 641-472-6140
   The Head Start and Parents as Teachers Programs are available through SIEDA.

 ⚫ Adult Health

Good health begins with and is maintained by the choices we make in our diets, our lifestyles, and our attitude about life. Jefferson County offers many resources for healthy lifestyles, smoking cessation, weight control, and more.

There are nearly 33 miles of completed beautiful walking and biking trails in Jefferson County. Fairfield is home to a state of the art fitness center with a large indoor swimming pool. There are historic walkways, water sport parks, fitness classes, and organized sports for adults and children alike. There really is something for everyone.

Please browse the websites below and find an activity that you will enjoy while improving your health.

Jefferson County Trails

Fairfield Parks and Recreation

Fairfield Heritage Trail

The Jefferson County Health Center offers a wide variety of services and assists in promoting recreational use of the trails.

Chokesmokes: Chokesmokes can help you quit smoking

For those who are experiencing health challenges, the following links are for information and support:

Alcoholics Anonymous

American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer

Iowa Hospice

    Seniors Health

The retirement years can be very rewarding, with time to catch up on hobbies, spend time with family, and give more attention to oneself and health. Community, family, and friends can finally take priority in our lives.

Fairfield and Lockridge are two places in Jefferson County with Senior Citizen Centers. Please see the information below about these centers, plus other links of interest.

Fairfield Senior Citizen Center
209 South Court, Fairfield, IA, 641-472-4403,

Lockridge Senior Center
104 S. Main, Lockridge, IA 52635

Other Information:
   SENECA Area Agency on Aging: 641-472-6426
   Website for AARP (American Association of Retired Persons
   Senior Health Insurance Information Program(SHIP): 641-472-4111

 ⚫ The Public health office is located at -
200 W. Briggs Ave, next to the Fairfield Fire Department, at the corner of W. Briggs and N. 2nd Street.


Go to for a Fairfield City Map, and a Jefferson County Map, courtesy of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Click on any section of a Chamber map for an larger view.

 ⚫ Contact Us

200 W. Briggs
Fairfield, IA 52556


Christine Estle, RN, BSN

Office Hours:
7:30-noon, 1:00-4:00pm



Environmental Health:
Go to the: Bureau of Environmental Health Services webpage


Iowa Department of Public Health website -

Goals-and-Strategies of Iowa Public Health -

EPA information about radon -

Mold information - from the EPA Mold and Moisture website -

Please click on the Iowa Department of Public Health link to follow the latest information on Measles -

Public Health Office Public Health Office

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