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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Who do I contact if I do not live in the NNPHD District?

Where can I sign up for WIC?

Where can I get Immunizations?

Where can I get a Certified Birth Certificate?

Where can I find out about mold?

Where do I find out about Food Safety in Northeast Nebraska?

Where do I find out about foul smelling outdoor air?

Where do I find out about enforcing smoking bans from workplaces?

What do I do if I have a bat in my home?

Where do I find out about rodent, vermin, or other pest infestations? 

What is the difference between public health and medical healthcare?

Who are public health professionals?

What type of background and experience does Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department staff have?

What are the responsibilities of public health department?

Why does Nebraska need the local public health departments?

Where do public health departments, such as Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, get their funding?

 

Who do I contact if I do not live in the NNPHD District?

 If you do not live in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston or Wayne counties, please see this map to find out the name of the health department that serves your area.

Where can I sign up for WIC?

Click here to find out information about WIC.

Prior to the formation of NNPHD in 2002, the Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership was providing WIC and immunization services.  We support the work of hte Norhteast Nebraska Community Action Partnership.

Where can I get Immunizations?

Click here to find out information about Immunizations.

Prior to the formation of NNPHD in 2002, the Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership was providing WIC and immunization services.  We support the work of the Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership.

Where can I get a Certified Birth Certificate?

Department of Health and Human Services provides Certified Birth Certificates.  Click here to find out more information.

Where can I find out about mold?

We recommend you look at the following information:

Please contact A1 Mold Testing and Remediation of Lincoln at 1-866-875-6653 or Floor Tec of Yankton at 605-665-4839 for information on mold removal.

Where do I find out about food safety in Northeast Nebraska?

  • Call Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department at (402)375-2200 or 1-800-375-2260. We conduct food-borne illness investigations when someone develops food poisoning symptoms.
  • The public health department does not oversee food handling facility inspections in Northeast Nebraska but we will contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture food inspectors who have that responsibility in most of rural Nebraska.

Where do I find out about foul smelling outdoor air?

Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (402)375-2200 or 1-800-375-2260, can help you report the situation to the Department of Environmental Quality.

Where do I find out about enforcing smoking bans from workplaces?

Report any indoor air quality violations to Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department. (402)375-2200 or 1-800-375-2260

What do I do if I have a bat in my home?  

Please click here for information about bats, keeping bats out of your home and exposure to rabies.

Where do I find out about rodent, vermin, or other pest infestations?  

Call Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department at (402)375-2200 or 1-800-375-2260. Although NNPHD is not funded to operate a formal environmental health program, staff do know how to access model public health nuisance laws. 

What is the difference between public health and medical healthcare?

Public health focuses on the health of populations rather than on individuals. Medical treatment is given to individuals one-on-one for a specific injury or disease. Public health professionals monitor and diagnose health concerns of entire communities while promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles all the time in order to stay healthy.

Who are public health professionals?

Many professional disciplines such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, optometry, pharmacy, environmental sciences, behavioral sciences, nutrition, health education and others work in public health.

What type of background and experience does Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department staff have?  

Various staff members have collective education and experience in medicine, nursing, health education, respiratory therapy, environmental science, counseling and psychology, diverse cultures, and public health. The staff development plans include ongoing training to stay current with updated skills and new knowledge. 

What are the responsibilities of public health departments?

The fundamental obligation of agencies responsible for population-based health is to:

  • Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protect against environmental hazards
  • Prevent injuries
  • Promote and encourage healthy behaviors and mental health
  • Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery
  • Assure the quality and accessibility of health services

Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department does not have the capacity to operate all programs and services that are on this list, but we do work with local partners who fulfill most of the responsibilities when we do not.

Why does Nebraska need the local public health departments?

Nebraska is one of the few states in the nation that has not had a statewide public health system until the passage of LB692 in 2001. Although many competent organizations and agencies administered programs and provided services that were under the public health umbrella, the coordination of the public health programs was very fragmented. With the help of the new local public health departments, implementation of programs and tracking public health data to monitor health threats to the public is much more efficient.

Where do local public health departments, such as Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, get their funding?

LB692 invested the tobacco settlement funds into a Health Care Cash Fund: Local public health departments receive $5.1 million /year which is distributed according to a formula established by the Unicameral in the legislation.  In addition, the formula provides approximately <$2/capita in addition to the infrastructure amount. NNPHD receives approximately $155,000/year for the four county health district it serves.

$100,000 for infrastructure for health districts that are between 30,000 and 49,999 in population

$125,000 for health districts between 50,000 and 99,999

$150,000 for health districts above 100,000

Those health districts that existed prior to 2001 receive some local tax support from their counties, but the new health districts, including NNPHD, do not receive local tax support.

In 2006, the Unicameral established a line item for $100,000 to each of the health districts for disease surveillance and infectious disease investigations. This funds a public health nurse at NNPHD to oversee these duties and other nursing activities.

All other funds come from contracts and grant awards that the staff must obtain through competitive public health funding opportunities in one to three year cycles.

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