Welcome to North Country Community Health Services Agency!

The North Country Community Health Board is a legal governing authority for local public health in Hubbard, Clearwater, and Lake of the Woods counties in Minnesota, and NCCHB works with Minnesota Department of Health in partnership to prevent diseases, protect against environmental hazards, promote healthy behaviors and healthy communities, respond to disasters, ensure access to health services, and assure an adequate local public health infrastructure. The NCCHB administers the Public Health programming according to MN statute 145A.

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Community Resource Connections (CRC) are certified by the State of Minnesota to provide MNsure assistance. The Mission of the CRC is to improve access to and the effectiveness of community services through collaboration, coordination, and integration.  The CRC has compiled a searchable database of providers in the region, to search this database and be connected with service providers click here.

 

 
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2018 North Country Community Health Board

Clearwater County

  • Mary Tronerud - 6th Term

  • John Nelson - 6th Term

Hubbard County

  • Cal Johannsen - 4th Term

  • Deb Vizecky - 1st Term

Lake of the Woods County

  • Ken Moorman - 5th Term

  • Tom Mio - 1st Term

2018 North Country CHS Advisory Committee

Clearwater County

  • Bonnie Engen - 1st Term

  • John Nelson - 7th Term

Hubbard County

  • Helene Kahlstorf - 8th Term

  • Deb Vizecky - 1st Term

Lake of the Woods County

  • Ken Moorman - 6th Term

  • Tom Mio - 1st Term

Public Health

10 Essential Services of Local Public Health

#1 Monitor health status to identify community health problems.

#2 Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

#3 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
#4 Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.

#5 Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

#6 Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

#7 Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health
care when otherwise unavailable.

#8 Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.

#9 Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based
health services.

#10 Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

What is Influenza (Flu)?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm) each year.

Flu Symptoms

Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever*

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny or stuffy nose

  • body aches

  • headache

  • chills

  • fatigue

  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Period of Contagiousness

You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

  • People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.

  • Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days afterbecoming sick.

  • Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

Onset of Symptoms

The time from when a person is exposed and infected with flu to when symptoms begin is about 2 days, but can range from about 1 to 4 days. 

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