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The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by protecting health, protecting the enviroment,and preventing disease and injury.


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April is Autism Awareness Month


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability( that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder. Click on the link to learn what the CDC has to say about Autism.


Employment Opportunity: Full-time Environmental Health Sanitarian


The Iron County Health Department and Iron County Zoning Department has an exciting full-time opportunity for an Environmental Health Sanitarian.  As a Level III health department, the environmental health program plays a critical role in protecting the health and safety of the people in Iron County.

Iron County is a pristine, wooded county full of lake and rivers that offer the outdoor enthusiast endless recreation activities that span all four seasons!

With the Health Officer and Zoning Administrators support and coordination, your primary duties will be:


  • Working independently to conduct inspections of restaurants, retail food and beverage establishments.
  • Working independently to conduct inspections of lodging facilities.
  • Following the Transient Non-Community Program contract agreement by collecting water samples, conducting follow up based on    results, and evaluating the condition of well and pump installation.
  • Generating electronic inspection reports (Health Space) for each establishment visited.
  • Collaborating with other staff to investigate food borne and water borne illness investigations.
  • Collaborating with other staff to investigate human health hazard investigations.
  • Providing education and outreach to non-profit organizations.
  • Complete the DHS-FSRL annual self-assessments and comply with statutory requirements under 254.69, DHS 192.12 and the DHS-  FSRL contract including program goals.
  • Building programs and services that will benefit our community!



Our Food Protection program ensures that food, water, and temporary food events are safe for our residents and travelers alike.

In the spirit of public service, our environmental health program has committed to ensure:


  • All licensees and permit-holders are in compliance with applicable county, state and federal requirements;
  • The general public is provided with prompt and courteous technical expertise and accurate information during inspection,investigations and consultations;
  • Records are accurate, organized and kept appropriately;
  • Health regulations are enforced and properly applied to individual situations; and
  • Best practice by keeping up to date on science and policy.



Other experiences we offer include:


  • Conducting investigations and providing consultation for environmental injury or illness complaints emerging from a number of environmental health concerns and human health hazards;
  • Assisting in public health preparedness planning and response to emergency events;
  • Participating in improving agency performance, processes, programs and interventions through continuous quality improvement; and
  • Performing other duties needed by our community.



Your minimum qualifications must include:


  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Environmental Health Microbiology, or other closely related field.
  • Two years of employment in the Environmental Health field, preferred.
  • State of Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian's credential or NEHA equivalent.
  • A valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
  • A passion about both public service and a work-life balance.


This full time 40 hour/week Environmental Health Specialist position has schedule flexibility and a beginning salary of $23-$26 experience dependent and negotiable upon hire. We also offer an excellent benefits package consisting of health and life insurance, retirement fund, paid holidays, and generous vacation and personal leave.

Tell us about yourself by sending a resume to:


Zona Wick

Iron County Health Department

502 Copper Street, Suite 2

Hurley, WI 54534

Fax # 715-561-2836

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Applications must be received by May 1, 2015 to be considered! Interviews will be held the last 2 weeks in May and the successful applicant will be notified on June 1st.  Starting date will be July 1, 2015.


Basic Environmental Health Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Ability to conduct field and laboratory tests using chemical reagents, wear personal protective equipment, use inspection equipment, and operate office equipment.

2. Knowledge of basic principles and practices of environmental sanitation, principles and practices of microbiology, and epidemiology...

3. Knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software. HealthSpace and mapping programs are a huge plus!

4. Ability to comprehend and interpret applicable statutes, regulations, ordinances, codes, policies and procedures.

5. Ability to analyze data, recognize meaningful results, and correctly interpret and communicate those results.

6. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and written, with people at various levels both within and outside the department, including community presentations.

7. Access to a motor vehicle and commitment to meet and maintain the County's automobile insurance requirements.

8. Ability to apply time-management skills, exercise independent judgment, and prioritize workload.

9. Ability to accommodate flexible scheduling to address program needs.

10. Ability to effectively collaborate with community partners, co-workers, and representatives of other government agencies.

11. Ability to move through, and work in, environmentally undesirable locations. This may include bending, climbing, walking, or pushing/pulling.

12. Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.

13. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds for short periods.

Iron County Health Department is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan


RE - L - A - X


This presentation is a must for new parents, parents who are dealing with life changes for themselves or their children, and caregivers who work with children or adults. We all live with stress and how we deal with it can change the development of our children and our relationships with them.

This highly engaging ONE TIME PRESENTATION will help you learn alternatives to anger:


  • What anger is and what triggers it
  • Calming down and de-stressing
  • The 4 principles of problem solving; effective communication skills
  • Forgiving and letting go of the past


No charge

Join us for a light supper of soup and sandwiches, discussion and handouts that will change how you deal with stressful situations

May 21, 2015

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Conference Rooms A&B

Aspirus Grand View

If you are interested in attending con-tact;

Alicia Cook

Aspirus Grand View


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Do this for your babies, do this for your family, do this for yourself!

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.



Button Battery Safety Tips

Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe around button batteries.

Each year in the United States, more than 2,800 kids are treated in emergency rooms after swallowing button batter­ies. That's one child every three hours. The number of serious injuries or deaths as a result of button batteries has increased ninefold in the last decade.

Follow the link for safety measures...



Hurley, WI -  Wisconsin is surrounded by states that have experienced a measles outbreak.

"One of the best ways to protect the health of our families is to get vaccinated against diseases that can cause serious illness and complications," said Zona Wick, Iron County Health Officer. "By getting vaccinated, we are looking out for our children's classmates, people we work with, our neighbors - our communities."

The measles outbreak has not only affected Disneyland visitors, but 14 states, and a Chicago day care.  Infants do not receive their first MMR until 12 months of age.  This means these children are very vulnerable to a potentially life threatening illness.  "To protect these children we need to focus on "herd immunity", that means if the rest of us have had the vaccine and are protected, we will not get the disease, and so as a result cannot pass it to these children."  Wick said.

The good news in Wisconsin is that we have done a pretty good job of encouraging parents to vaccinate their children and this shows in the data we retrieved from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).  We track the immunizations of all Iron County children up to age two and found that 94% of them have had their first MMR.  Children receive the second does when they go to pre-k or kindergarten.  We also keep track of the immunizations in the schools and our records indicate that 95.8% of Hurley K-12 students have had their immunizations and 97.2% of Mercer K-12 School students have had their immunizations.  In Iron county only 29 parents have signed waivers due to health, religious, or personal reasons why they choose not to vaccinate their children.

Measles begins with cold-like symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, high temperature and red, watery eyes. By the second day after onset, a red, blotchy rash appears at the hairline and spreads to the arms and legs. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

To check on which immunizations you and your family need, visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

Zona Wick, MS, BSN,RN

Health Officer/ Iron County Health Department

502 Copper St. #2

Hurley, WI 54534



CDC recommends vaccination amid measles outbreak

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House urged parents to vaccinate themselves and children as the once-eliminated virus continues to spread.

Understanding Vaccines -


The 2015 Childhood Immunization Schedule is now available online. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults. When adopted by the CDC Director, they become official CDC/HHS policy. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will publish a summary of childhood schedule changes in early February.  However, all of the 2015 figures, footnotes, and tables for the childhood schedule are currently available on the CDC website.


CDC has also updated the following parent-friendly schedules to reflect the new 2015 recommended immunization schedule:


CDC encourages organizations to syndicate content rather than copy a PDF version of the schedule onto their websites to share with visitors. Content syndication allows other organizations' websites to mirror CDC web content, with automatic updates whenever changes are made on the CDC site. This helps ensure that all schedules are current across the Internet. See how to display the schedules on your site.


The 2015 adult schedule is set to be published on the CDC website on February 3. Until then, the 2014 schedule will remain on the website.


We encourage you to share this information with your members by forwarding this message and/or by using social media to spread the message about the new schedules.




The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


Office Information

Department Head: Zona Wick
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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