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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Health department director outlines services for fall

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

By Charlene Sims,

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Oct. 2, Linn County Health Department Director Amanda Snyder updated the commissioners on programs and events at the health department.

Snyder told the commissioners that for the month of September the health department had served 115 people. She said that was a little low for the health department, but September is more of a planning month for them to catch up from the end of summer and to start scheduling all of their flu vaccination clinics for the fall.

The department held a drive-through clinic for the public at the health department on Friday and Saturday.

A flu clinic for the county employees will be held at the judicial building on Oct. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snyder said the judicial building had rooms available so the employees could have a little more privacy.

Snyder said that, so far, they had eight other flu clinics scheduled in the county at schools, senior centers, employers, and lake developments. Shots will also be taken to some homebound clients.

She said that the health department was partnering with the fire department to host a trunk-or-treat and flu shot clinic on Oct. 29 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that will be on Main Street in Pleasanton. The health department and fire department are inviting other businesses to participate, and a mailer will be going out this week to let people know about that.

Snyder told the commissioners that bids for the classroom have been extended to Oct. 31 and those requests have been published in Bourbon, Miami and Linn County newspapers.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the health department is doing a couple of different things to promote this, said Snyder. Last year, the health department did a door decorating contest for county employees as well as all of the schools and the health department is doing that again.

She said that last year the health department also did the breast cancer flamingo flocking and will also do that again this year. It will start out by flocking a Linn County business with a flamingo sign and then after a week that business will decide where the sign goes next.

Snyder told the commissioners that the health department is on a waiting list to have the mammogram bus come to Linn County. It is a 3D imaging motor coach that comes. Patients insurance can be billed or they can pay out-of-pocket.

Snyder then brought up the health department employee evaluations. The commissioners decided that they did not need to look over the evaluations but would do an evaluation on Snyder because she is one of the of the department heads that the commission supervises.

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