Public Health services
Below are a list of services Public Health provides to Bloomington, Edina and Richfield residents.
If you have additional questions and/or concerns, contact Public Health and ask to speak with an intake nurse. Intake hours are Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Breastfeeding information and support
Public Health Nurses, WIC Lactation Consultants and Peer Breastfeeding Counselors are available to answer any questions or concerns about breastfeeding.
If you are a WIC participant, contact 952-563-8993.
If you are not a WIC participant, contact 952-563-8900 or email publichealth@BloomingtonMN.gov.
For additional information and resources.
According to Minnesota State Statute 181.939, employers must provide nursing mothers a reasonable unpaid break and a set space to express breast milk. The space can either be a private room or another location that is free from intrusion, as long as it's not a bathroom, is in close proximity to the work area and there is access to an electrical outlet.
For more information on how to become breastfeeding friendly:
Early childhood development
Early Childhood Screening
An early childhood screening is available at your local school district and recommended at age three, but can also be done at ages four and five. This screening is a good indicator to see if your three-year-old will be ready for kindergarten.
Follow Along Program
The Follow Along Program supports parents by assessing their young child's growth and development up to three years of age. The program is secure, safe and confidential. To get started, complete the Follow Along enrollment form either online or download the form (English or Spanish), complete it and mail to Public Health.
Parents receive a development questionnaire called an ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) in the mail every four months. Once filled out, the parent returns it to Public Health (postage included).
The results of the questionnaire are mailed back to the parent with suggested fun activities to promote growth and development for the child's specific age range. A Public Health nurse will call the parent if there are concerns. If needed, a Public Health nurse would discuss choices for further evaluation or tips on how to promote baby's physical and emotional development.
Healthy Families America
Public Health Nurses promote healthy pregnancy and childhood development with families through discussion, learning opportunities, activities, developmental screening and referrals to community resources as needed. A needs assessment is completed during pregnancy or the first 3 months of postpartum, when families may be enrolled until the child turns four.
Help Me Grow
Do you have concerns about your child's development (walking, talking, playing or behavior)? For more information, visit HelpMeGrowMN.org.
Public Health Center offers free blood pressure screenings Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Also offered at the following locations (call for specific dates and times):
- Creekside Community Center
- Edina Senior Center
- Richfield Community Center
Offered at the following locations (call for specific dates and times):
Immunizations and flu shots
Public Health offers immunizations to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MNVFC) program and the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccines (UUAV) program.
For the recommended vaccination schedules, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.
For information on flu prevention and care.
Prenatal, postpartum and parenting
A Public Health Nurse is available to provide:
- Education and support for expectant mothers, new parents and families
- Assistance with health care questions, food concerns, counseling, child growth and development, parenting skills, asthma education and safe living conditions
- Connections to local resources
An early childhood screening is available at your local school district and recommended at age three, but can also be done at ages four and five
This screening is a good indicator to see if your three-year-old will be ready for kindergarten
A Public Health Nurse may provide:
- Assessment of home safety and health concerns
- Connections to local resources
- Support to community organizations to learn more about supporting aging residents
Stay up-to-date with these senior health tips.
Sexual and reproductive health
Public Health Nurses provide health counseling, education and resource information to individuals and groups.
The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support and food vouchers for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children through age five.
WIC services are provided by appointment only at the following locations:
Bloomington Public Health Center
1900 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Monday - Thursday
Richfield Central School
7145 Harriet Ave., S., Richfield
Every Monday, the first and third Tuesday, and the first four Fridays of the month.
To schedule an appointment, contact 952-563-8993.
For more information on WIC and how to apply.