Family Child Health Services

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Department Overview

Services and activities in this program are intended to strengthen and preserve the health of individuals and families in Rice County. The focus is on support, prevention, and education to promote and maintain a high level of wellness.

View a Resource List (PDF) for families with young children
Listing of Free Activities in the Northfield Area for Families & Children

Parents and Caregivers – Do you have a health related question?
Quick cards from the Minnesota Department of Health can be found here

Need basic tips for your child and use of their car seats? Click this link:  If you have car seat questions give Rice County Public Health a call.

Parent / Child Health

Parents and children can benefit from the following services available through Rice County Public Health:
  • Baby Stop (English)
  • Baby Stop (Spanish)
  • Baby Stop (Somali)
  • Baby Talk
  • Car Seat Safety Information
  • Family Planning Special Project
  • Home Visits to Support Families
  • Infant Follow-Along Program  (Enroll Here)
  • Information on Parenting, Child Development, Health Concerns, and Nutrition
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Prepared Childbirth Classes for Adolescents and their Partners
  • Postpartum Support
  • STI Testing

Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department

Rice County Public Health is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Department at the "gold level." The designation was earned in 2017 after completing the ten step framework for agencies seeking to strengthen their ability to promote and support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding provides the best possible nutrition for baby and mothers often need good information and support to get started and to keep going. Studies show that infants who are breastfed have better health outcomes as they grow.
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