Duties & Responsibilities
Public Health provides a range of services as it protects and improves the health of people in Nicollet County. Through federal and state mandates, the unit works to:
- Prevent the spread of disease.
- Protect against environmental hazards.
- Prevent injuries.
- Promote and encourage healthy behaviors.
- Plan and respond to health emergencies.
- Family health services including prenatal and postpartum home visiting
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Visit the Nicollet County COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage for more information.
Adult Community Health Survey
One way we learn more about our community is through an adult health survey. A random sample of residents will receive a postcard in the Spring of 2022 asking them to complete a survey online. The survey will be available in English, Spanish, and Somali. The survey asks a wide range of questions about physical and mental health, lifestyle, ability to access health care, and environmental factors affecting health outcomes. The survey is anonymous and responses will be combined with other responses. The survey is one important way we are able to hear directly from residents about conditions that influence the health and quality of life of our community. The results of this survey informs our Community Health Assessment and ongoing programmatic work.
Reporting Natural or Man-Made Emergencies
To report a natural or man-made emergency that may have serious public health consequences for the community, call the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Operations at 651-201-5735.
Reporting Infectious Diseases
Physicians reporting an infectious diseases, call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.
Reporting Foodborne Illness
To report a foodborne illness call the Brown-Nicollet Environmental Health office at:
507-934-7089 or the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455.