Public Health

If you are ill, see your health care provider. To report an emergency, CALL 911.

Six areas of local public health responsibility.

  1. Assure an adequate public health infrastructure.
  2. Promote health communities and healthy behaviors.
  3. Prevent the spread of infectious disease.
  4. Protect against environmental health hazards.
  5. Prepare for and respond to disasters, and assist communities in recovery.
  6. Assure the quality and accessibility of health services.

What does your public health department do?

  • Communicable disease investigation and control
  • Assessing health needs of their local communities (statutory authority and responsibility)
  • Developing policies to foster health communities
  • Home visiting to high risk pregnant women and new families
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics
  • Immunization clinics
  • Providing health care services for those in county correctional facilities
  • Youth tobacco and chemical use prevention programs
  • Public health nuisance investigations and abatement
  • Public health emergency planning and response
  • Activities to support elderly/disabled in nursing homes or community settings, such as long-term care consultation, personal care assistant assessments, case management for people living in the community, and home health care


All persons living in Clearwater County are eligible to receive services from Clearwater County Public Health (except Red Lake, where different regulations apply).

Referrals to the agency may be made by an individual person on their own behalf, by friends, families, neighbors, professional workers or physicians.

 Fees For Service

Funds for agency services are provided primarily by Medicare, Medical Assistance, private insurance, and various grant monies.  In some instances, fees are collected from clients based on their ability to pay. Donations provide supplemental support.

Clearwater County Public Health will complete the necessary claim forms and submit billings directly to the appropriate payment source.