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Public Health

Serving residents of Carlton County for 89 years!

Carlton County Public Health has been in operation since 1920. There has been considerable growth since then and we now have a staff of 36 county staff and 6 contract staff in Public Health. Public Health provides a variety of programs and services and is funded primarily through grants, waivers, state medical assistance, insurance reimbursements, and some local tax dollars. Public Health is a service provided to county residents just like law enforcement, fire and emergency services, but we are generally a more unknown entity.

Registered Public Health Nurses provide home visits to families across the age span. Pregnant women, new parents, and babies are seen through our prenatal and Universal Home Visits. High risk families with young children and special needs children can receive services and support from highly trained skilled nurses. The elderly citizens are assisted to remain in their homes and communities through case management, home care, and telehealth services.

We also provide WIC, immunizations, health education classes, parenting classes, infant massage classes, and lactation consulting. We provide caregiver support, jail health services, toenail clinics, Follow Along Program (tracks development of infants and children), environmental health (radon, lead, public health nuisances, mold), smoking prevention and smoking cessation.

We do follow up on infectious disease outbreaks and public health preparedness in the event of man made, natural, or biological disasters. We provide outreach for child and teen check up’s, preventive dental services for medical assistance clients and weekly classes with high school credits for teen parents.

We work with many community partners in our county and across the region on health related issues and concerns. The roles of public health staff include surveillance, advocacy, consultation, collaboration, case finding, health teaching, coalition building, community organizing, social marketing, referral and follow up, provider education, policy development, outreach, disease investigation, case management, screening, and delegated medical duties. We not only work with individuals but also with communities and populations.


Terri Allen
Public Health

Patti Martin
Long Term Care / Elderly Services

14 N 11th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

(218) 879-4511
(888) 818-4511

  Community Health Education Elderly Services / Long Term Care
Emergency Preparedness  Immunizations
Parent & Child Health Programs Toes ‘R Us – Foot Care Clinics

Child & Teen Checkups

All of the following services are of no direct cost to you. Costs are covered through some insurance companies, Carlton County Family & Children Services Collaborative, and other funding sources (federal, state, and local).

Parent & Child Health Programs


Home Visits

A Public Health Nurse will visit you to offer support, nutritional counseling, check your blood pressure and physical status, and to provide information on normal signs and symptoms of pregnancy, labor and delivery, physical and emotional changes, breastfeeding, newborn cares, etc.

Healthy Promise

Earn a $25 gift card by receiving an educational overview of nutrition, pre-term labor, fetal development, bonding and attachment issues, and the effect of toxic substances on fetal development, ie alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Carseat Program

Public Health Nurses provide education and carseats to eligible families. Check with your health insurance plan to see if eligible.

New Baby Welcome Brochure
(79 KB in size)


Universal Home Visiting

Home visits are offered to all parents with newborns whether it is your first baby, second, third, or more. On these visits, a Public Health Nurse will weigh your baby, assess your baby from head to toe, and provide information on a variety of topics including sleep habits, feeding your baby, infant cues, playing with your baby, mom’s body and the changes you are going through, immunizations, community resources, etc.

Seeing Is Believing

A fun way for parents to learn more about their child’s development and the strengths of the parent-child interaction. A Public Health Nurse videotapes a short segments of everyday activities and the parent can see the world from the infant’s perspective. The video is a keepsake created for the family to watch again and again.

Breastfeeding Support/Lactation Consultant

All of our nurses can provide support and information about breastfeeding to pregnant and postpartum women on home visits or through a phone call. All of our nurses have received intensive training and are certified as a lactation consultant, lactation counselor, or lactation educator.

Follow Along Program

A fun and easy way to learn at home about your child’s health and development. Provides ideas about "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it. A simple way to ask questions about how your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting.

Parenting Resources & Links

Parent & Child Health Links

Minnesota Parents Know

Trusted parenting information, resources and activities to help your children grow, develop and learn from birth through high school.

Look at Me Grow!

Early Childhood Development

Look At Me Grow! project intends to reach out and support families of very young children, residing in the 12 school districts of Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Cromwell, Esko, Hermantown, Lake Superior ISD, McGregor, Moose Lake, Proctor, Willow River, and Wrenshall. Support activities might include, but are not limited to, welcoming families to local parenting classes and parenting events and linking families, who have concerns, to community, state and regional specialists.


This program is a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. The program is designed to improve the health and nutritional status of expectant mothers, newborns and your children by providing some food essentials such as milk, juice, formula, cereal and nutrition education.

We invest in our children by encouraging them to grow up healthy and to understand the importance of making good decisions throughout their lives. Our variety of youth education programs strive to teach responsibility and consequences relating to drugs, alcohol, sexual behavior and tobacco use.

Click Here for more information about WIC

Child & Teen Check-ups

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is a service that is provided FREE of cost to anyone under the age of 21 years old who has a health plan through Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare. Child and Teen Checkups can be used for any well-child exam, sports, school, camp, WIC, Headstart, or daycare physical exam. Child and Teen Checkups also include immunizations, hearing and vision checks, and laboratory tests (urine, lead, and hemoglobin). Children who are eligible for Child and Teen Checkups can also see a dentist for yearly dental checkups. Carlton County Public Health encourages anyone eligible for this program to receive regular Child and Teen Checkups from their physician.

If you have questions or need assistance scheduling an appointment with your physician or child’s physician, call Carlton County Public Health.



Carlton County Public Health and Human Services offers immunizations to adults at our Public Health office every second and fourth Monday of the month. Immunizations for children are offered the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. You may be eligible for Free or Low Cost Immunizations.

(Click here for Carlton County Public Health Immunizations and Health Services Brochure)

Contact Carlton County Public Health at 218-879-4511 or 1-888-818-4511 if you would like more information on immunizations or would like to make an appointment. 

Vaccinations for Adults

Recommended Immunization Schedules

Flu Shot Clinic schedules

Wednesday, October 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building.

Additional Flu Shot Availability

Seasonal Flu

What is Influenza (flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.  It can cause mild to severe illness and in some cases can lead to death.  Your best defense against the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.  Key Facts About Seasonal Flu and Seasonal Flu Vaccine Flu Season can range from November to as late as May. 

The Single Best Way to Prevent the Flu is to Get a Flu Vaccination Each Year.  There are 2 types of vaccines:

The “flu shot” – an inactivated vaccine that is given with a needle.  Vaccination Information Sheet Inactivated Influenza Vaccine

 The nasal spray flu vaccine (sometimes called LAIV –live attenuated influenza vaccine) – a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu, that is sprayed into the nose.
Vaccination Information Sheet Intranasal Influenza Vaccine 

What You Need to Know!

Following are some important tips to prevent the spread of flu virus whether it is the seasonal flu or the Novel H1N1 strain.

        ● Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow
           where fabric can trap germs

        ● Wash your hands often with soap and water
          or use hand sanitizer, especially after you
          cough or sneeze

        ● Avoid close contact with people who are sick

        ● Stay home from work, school, and social
           events if you have the flu

        ● Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or
           mouth – germs are likely to spread this way

What Seasonal Influenza and Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) Symptoms ARE:

● Fever (usually high)

● Runny or stuffy nose

● Headache

● Muscle aches

● Extreme tiredness

● Stomach symptoms such as nausea

● Dry cough vomiting, and diarrhea, can also occur

● Sore throat but are more common in children than

Some individuals have reported diarrhea and vomiting with the Novel H1N1 flu. 

What Influenza (either seasonal or H1N1 flu) is NOT:

● NOT ”stomach flu” or gastroenteritis

● NOT treatable with antibiotics

● NOT a food-borne illness 

Taking Care of Yourself and Loved Ones During Flu Season.  How Should Influenza (either seasonal or H1N1 flu) be Treated?

● Rest

● Drink plenty of liquids

● Avoid using tobacco or alcohol

● Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu

NEVER give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms – particularly fever – without speaking to your doctor first.

● Talk to your doctor about the possibility of anti-viral drugs 

 Who Should Get Vaccinated? (Seasonal Flu)

Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated.  Certain people should get vaccinated each year either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complication or because they live with or care for high risk persons. 

-Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday

-Pregnant women

-People 50 years of age and older

-People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

-People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

-People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

-Health care workers

-Household contacts of persons at high risk
 for complications from the flu

-Household contacts and out of home
 caregivers of children less than 6 months
 of age (these children are too young to be

 Who Should NOT be Vaccinated? (Seasonal Flu)

There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician.

These include:

-People who have a severe allergy to
 chicken eggs

-People who have had a severe reaction to
 an influenza vaccination

-People who developed Guillain-Barre
 Syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an
 influenza vaccine

-Children less than 6 months of age
 (influenza vaccine is not approved for this
 age group)

-People who have a moderate-to-severe
 illness with a fever (they should wait until
 they recover to get vaccinated)

Contact your health-care provider if you have questions regarding influenza or the influenza vaccine. 

Watch for more information to come regarding flu clinics in Carlton County. 

Toes ‘R Us – Foot Care Clinics

Toes ‘R Us is a toenail trimming service provided to individuals who may have a difficult time caring for their toenails due to poor eyesight, flexibility, diabetes, Coumadin therapy, or disability.

Clinics are held every Monday and Tuesday from 12:00 to 3:30, at the Carlton County Public Health office. For a fee of $20.00 (Carlton County Public Health can bill Medical Assistance) you can have your toenails trimmed by a professional nurse in a private environment. Also included is toenail filing and a brief foot massage with lotion. We ask that you please soak your feet prior to coming in for your appointment.

If you are homebound and otherwise unable to leave your home, we may be able to provide this service in your home for an additional fee.

This service is not intended to take the place of a podiatrist. If you have specific conditions that you are concerned about see your doctor.

New appointments always welcome. Call Carlton County Public Health at 218-879-4511 or 1-888-818-4511 for more information or to schedule an appointment .

Commmunity Health Education

Community Health Educators at Carlton County Public Health provide a variety of educational opportunities to schools, the community, and worksites on a variety of health topics. Health educators participate in local and regional health fairs for both the general public and private worksites. They also take requests for a variety of presentations to be done throughout the communities in Carlton County. Other programs health educators have an active role in are tobacco diversion classes taught to teens, a variety of family events, radon education and testing in the home, DWI classes, Active Living by Design which is working to make our communities more active, and emergency preparedness.

Medical Alerts

Whether it is an epidemic notification by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or a medical alert issued by the MN Department of Health, Carlton County Public Health is the liaison for providing information and recommendations to the general public.


It may be a suspicion of unsanitary conditions or a concern about a rodent problem. In all cases, Carlton County Public Health in cooperation with an appropriate physician, investigates these situations.

Local Health Concerns

We answer questions and concerns about head lice, dog bites and communicable diseases.

Carlton County Public Health develops programs and offers information in response to the needs identified by the community.

Health Fairs

Public Health provides information to the public on a variety of topics by participating in local & regional health fairs.

Wellness Programs

Public Health offers educational opportunities and presentations on a variety of topics to schools, community groups and work sites.

Carlton County Public Health and Human Service’s Community Health Education department believes in enhancing the overall holistic well-being of the members in our county. Watch this page for useful tips, recipes, and links for good health.

Recreation and Healthy Lifestyle

Northland Runner

Grandma's Marathon

Mayo Clinic Healthy Lifestyle

Find Your "Real" Age

Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


Low-Fat LifeStyle


Weight Watchers

Communities in Carlton County offer classes and activities through local Community Education

Barnum: 218-389-0108
Carlton: 218-384-4464
Cloquet: 218-879-1261
Cromwell-Wright: 218-644-3737
Esko: 218-879-4038
Moose Lake: 218-485-0476
Wrenshall: 218-384-4274

Community/Recreation Centers & Arenas

Cloquet Area Recreation Center
1102 Olympic Drive
Cloquet, MN 55720

Esko Fitness Center
2 E. Highway 61
Esko, MN 55733

Four Seasons Sports Complex
1568 Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 55718

Pinehurst Park/Pool
Hwy 33 S
Cloquet, MN 55720

Riverside Arena
Arrowhead Lane
Moose Lake, MN 55767

Scanlon Community Center
2801 Dewey Ave
Cloquet, MN 55720

Health screenings

Public Health offers a variety of screenings including Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol. In addition, Public Health holds general vaccination clinics throughout the year as well as flu vaccine clinics in the fall.


Radon home test kits are available from Carlton County Public Health on a first come first serve basis for $2. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer; please advocate for your family’s health by testing your home for radon. If you do test your home for radon, this must be disclosed in the sale of your home. Please stop by Carlton County Public Health at 30 Tenth St. N. in Cloquet to buy your test today. You can also call 218-879-4511 or 1-888-818-4511 and have one mailed to you.

Long Term Care & Elderly Services

If you or someone you love needs help to remain in their home or you would like more information about Long Term Care and Elderly Services Programs call 218-879-4511 or 1-888-818-4511.

Carlton County Long Term Care staff works with seniors and their families in cooperation with physicians, home care providers, and health plans to help seniors find the resources they need to continue living in their homes and stay connected to their families and communities for as long as possible. The Long Term Care staff administers programs such as Long Term Care Consultation(LTCC), Elderly Waiver(EW), Alternative Care(AC), Home Care Program, Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO), Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program, and the Caregiver Connections Program.

Some of the services available through these programs may include:

● visits by a skilled nurse
● visits by a home health aide
● homemaker services
● companion visits
● personal care assistant
● foster care
● assisted living

as well as:

● home delivered meals
● supplies and equipment
● home modifications

The Elderly Waiver program also helps cover the cost of assisted living and foster care.

Long Term Care Consultation
Long Term Care Consultation Fact Sheet

Long Term Care Consultation Services (LTCC) include a variety of services designed to help individuals and families make decisions about long-term care. Carlton County consultants (usually a Public Health Nurse) help seniors and their families choose services that reflect their needs and preferences.

Alternative Care   Alternative Care Fact Sheet

If you are 65 and older and examining your options in long-term care, the Alternative Care (AC) program may be able to help you pay for some services. You must meet certain income and asset requirements, and you must choose to receive community services instead of moving to a nursing home, foster care, or assisted living.

Elderly Waiver  Elderly Waiver Fact Sheet

The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance(MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community, such as in their own home and receive services. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties administer the program.

Community Based Services offer individuals choices that allow them to stay in their homes and out of nursing care facilities or other costly institutions. These choices are available through waiver programs that provide skilled nursing, homemaking, home health aid, companion, lifeline and transportation services.

Our professional staff works with seniors and their families, in cooperation with their physicians, to coordinate services and provide the care necessary to help individuals remain in their homes and maintain an optimum quality of life.

If you or someone you love needs help to stay at home, call us. We are here to help seniors and their families.

Minnesota Senior Health Options

Minneota Senior Health Options (MSHO) combines the health care and support services that normally are offered by Medical Assistance (MA) and Medicare (separate programs) into one seamless package to make it easier for people to get these services.

If you or someone you love needs help to remain in their home or you would like more information about any of  Carlton County Public Health & Human Services Long Term Care and Elderly Services Programs call 218-879-4511 or 1-888-818-4511

Aging Links & Resources

Minnesota RX Connect
Compare prescription drug prices

Minnesota Department of Human Services (Click on Aging)

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Minnesota Board on Aging
(Office of Ombudsman)

Medicare - Official US Goverment Website

CareGiver Magazine

Alzheimer's Association

Practical Advice for the Family Caregiver

Minnesota Help Info Statewide Directory of Community Services

Minnesota Senior Health Options

The Senior LinkAge Line®
(800) 333-2433
The Senior LinkAge Line® is also the point of contact for RxConnect, a new clearinghouse devoted to helping people of all ages sort through the options they have to lower their prescription drug costs.

Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging

(800) 232-0707 or (218) 722-5545

Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans

(800) 657-3591 (TDD/TTY please call 711) or (651) 431-2555

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