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Services

Public Health accepts referrals from professionals or individuals by phone, fax or mail. Email is discouraged due to confidential information. Please complete and return the  PDF icon referral form  with as much information filled in as possible.

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.

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.

For employers

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.

How to  PDF icon apply the law  and support nursing moms.

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.

Health Screenings

Blood pressure
Public Health Center offers blood pressure screenings Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Also offered at the following locations (call for specific dates and times):

Hearing
Offered at the following locations (call for specific dates and times):

Tuberculin Skin Test (testing for tuberculosis)
Offered at the Public Health Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30.

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. 

Immunization clinics are offered the first and third Tuesday of the month, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. No appointments necessary. There is a $20 donation requested per vaccination, however, no one will be turned away.

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

Senior health

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.

WIC

The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) 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.