Chronic Diseases Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention is an integral part of the Black Hawk County Health Department Services crossing several program areas. Under the Community Health Programs, we focus on healthy behaviors to detect and prevent breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and provide evidence-based mental health education and promotion.  We emphasize reaching high-burden populations: those disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and related health risks. We create and maintain partnerships across Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Fayette, Grundy, Harden, and Tama counties so that the fight against chronic diseases is coordinated and effective. If you are interested in how we address chronic disease through environmental health and system, please visit our Environmental Health Program.

Breast and Cervical Cancer (BCC) Early Detection 

The BCC program is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program that helps reduce risks from breast cancer and cervical cancer. To reduce your risk, you must have screening tests. Out BCC services include free or low-cost cancer screenings to eligible individuals. Program staff can also help you schedule an appointment for the following services: Clinical breast exam, mammograms, pelvic exam, and pap tests. 

Take An Active Role in Your Health, Schedule Your Appointment Today! Please call the Black Hawk County Health Department at 319-291-2413 and ask to speak to the BCC team and you will get the help you need. 

Colorectal Cancer Early Detection 

Black Hawk County Health Department partners with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Black Hawk and neighboring counties to increase colorectal cancer screenings. Through these collaborations, the program serves low-income Iowans, ages 50-75, to increase the number of cancers prevented, increase the diagnosis of early-stage colorectal cancer, reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in our program jurisdiction. Eligibility Requirements include individuals at average or increased risk of colorectal cancer, 300% at or below the Federal Poverty Level, asymptomatic, and uninsured or under-insured individuals.

For more information, call the Black Hawk County Health Department at 319-291-2413 and ask to speak to the Community program coordinator.  

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention

Our CVD program also offers cardiovascular services within ten program service areas called the WISEWOMAN program. The WISEWOMAN program checks for heart disease risk factors. In addition, you may also receive education, goal-setting, and referrals to community-based programs that support physical activity, healthy eating, and smoking cessation and lower your health risks. We also provide hypertension and cholesterol prevention education. In collaboration with local partners, we also offer technical assistance and policy recommendations related to access to physical activities, walkability, and transit routes.

For more information, call the Black Hawk County Health Department at 319-291-2413 and ask to speak to the Community program coordinator.  

Mental Health Promotion and Education  

Black Hawk County Health Department works to reduce the impacts of trauma on mental and physical health, increase access to mental health services, reduce the stigma associated with receiving treatment by increasing awareness about mental health. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to help our citizens realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and become productive citizens.

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