Polk County Health Department

1907 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA, USA

Phone 5152863798 | Fax 5152863798


Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Using its own resources and those of the community, Birthright offers positive and loving alternatives. Birthright presents many services and refers for many more. We provide friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing, and maternity and baby clothes. We also give information and referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial, and housing needs. Birthright treats each woman as an individual who deserves kindness and respect, as well as personal attention to her unique situation. All Birthright services are free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, creed, economic or marital status.

Services:

Completely confidential help

  • Friendship and emotional support
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Medical referral
  • Legal referrals
  • Educational assistance and referrals
  • Maternity and baby clothes
  • Housing referrals
  • Referrals to social agencies
  • Referrals for professional counseling

Information on:

  • Prenatal development
  • Job search/career development
  • Adoption
  • Pregnancy & childbirth
  • Child care options
  • Child safety issues

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No


Health departments are responsible for protecting individuals from health threats, educating communities about health issues, and providing healthy solutions for preventative care. Health departments also provide medical services at low cost or no cost to individuals.

Services:

  • Immunizations
  • Referrals for medical services
  • Childhood lead testing program
  • Disease outbreak prevention
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections clinic

Eligibility:

Open to anyone who resides in Polk County.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with extended hours on Tuesday until 7:00 pm

Payment:

Self Pay, Sliding Scale, No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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Public Health nurses provides skilled nursing care, information on healthy lifestyle practices, and encourages changes for better health. This service is available to every citizen (of all ages) and is provided locally in every county. Skilled nursing services are provided by professional staff or associated paraprofessionals. The service available varies by county. Public Health Nurses also provide information and assistance to link families with local community resources for health and social needs.

Services:

Public Health nursing services vary by county and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pediatric home care
  • Immunizations (direct or referral)
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
  • Health teaching
  • Nutrition counseling and teaching
  • Initial newborn visit
  • Family support home visiting
  • Postpartum visits
  • STI testing & treatment

Intake Process:

Contact the local office to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Hours:

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Payment:

Self Pay, Sliding Scale, No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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