About Us

Social Ecological ModelLinn County Public Health (LCPH) provides many unique services to improve the health of Linn County residents. Our efforts within the community are strengthened by relationships established with other community organizations within the public health system. Through these relationships, LCPH is able to address the public health issues that are present within Linn County at multiple levels. To the right is an illustration of the Social Ecological Model, which depicts the five levels of influence that LCPH targets to prevent public health problems in our community.


The Linn County Public Health Department is supported by five divisions that provide unique services to Linn County residents. An illustration of the organizational structure of Linn County Public Health can be accessed at: LCPH Organizational Structure

Administration & Finance

  • Manages LCPH's finances and administrative needs
  • Leads agency's efforts in strategic plan development and implementation, quality improvement, performance management, workforce development and accreditation
  • Includes the laboratory, which performs the following functions:
    • Clinical laboratory support & referral: On-site testing for walk-in clinics
    • Blood lead testing
    • Water testing: public and private wells, pools and spas, and surface waters
    • Air quality monitoring: EPA standards, real time public notification, and special studies

Community Health

Assessment & Health Promotion

  • Collaborates with coalitions
  • Conducts data assessments
  • Coordinates the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process
  • Develops media campaigns
  • Implement grant projects
  • Provides health education
  • Office of Emergency Preparedness (EP) helps ensure Linn County is prepared for public health disasters.
  • EP supports community planning and response coalitions and manages the Incident Command System (ICS)

Clinical Services

  • Investigates communicable disease outbreaks
  • Provides immunizations
  • Conducts testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Provides travel clinic services for international travelers
  • Manages the Breast & Cervical Cancer Program, "Iowa Care For Yourself"; the Colorectal Cancer Program, "Iowa Get Screened", and provides diabetes and heart disease screenings.

Environmental Public Health

 Air Quality

  • Inspects and issues permits to industrial and commercial facilities to limit emissions
  • Monitors outdoor air quality
  • Provides open burning permits

Environmental Quality

  • Inspects hotels, pools, restaurants, temporary food vendors, septic systems, wells, tanning facilities, and tattoo facilities
  • Handles certain nuisance issues and well closures

 Healthy Homes

  • Collaborates with communities to ensure homes are healthy and safe
  • Implement strategies to create healthier homes, resulting in more stable housing, higher quality of life, and better health
  • Conducts grant and program management for childhood lead poisoning prevention and asthma programs and indoor air quality
  • Investigates and assesses hazards in homes such as lead-based paint, radon, and other contaminants that negatively impact health