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  Monroe County, Iowa - Public Health


It's natural to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities! The Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) encourages you to be safe by following these sun-safety tips year-round to help prevent serious skin damage—and possibly skin cancer—later!
• Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
• Wear clothing that's dark and tightly woven.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
• Remember that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water.
• Do not use sun tanning beds.
• Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
• Sunscreens need to be applied liberally and evenly over all exposed areas.
• Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher whenever you're outdoors. To achieve adequate UV protection you should use products that provide broad spectrum protection, which means protection against both UVB and UVA rays. For broad spectrum protection, look for products that provide an SPF of at least 15 and contain ingredients like Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or zinc oxide.
• For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
• Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply often.
• Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off.
• Provide complete sunscreen coverage for your skin (including neck, ears, and lips!).
• For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.
• And remember, stay in the shade whenever possible!
42,000 lives are saved and 20 million cases of disease are prevented for each U.S. birth cohort using the current childhood immunization schedule.
Immunizations provided by calling for appointment. 641-932-7191
We have Foot Clinics the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Benton Place Apartments.
Call for an appointment.


HOPES – HFA Affiliate (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success-Healthy Families America Affiliate)
Child Care Health Consultant
Homemaker Service Programs available for both elderly individuals living in Monroe County and for caregivers of elderly individuals in the county. Interested individuals can inquire about eligibility to Dana Cockrell, RN at phone number 641-932-7191 or at

HOPES Is a family support program designed to empower families to become and remain healthy and strong. This program is affiliated with Prevent Child Abuse America. Funding for HOPES comes from: 4 Counties for Kids-Early Childhood Iowa. (formerly empowerment) Monroe County Iowa Community Foundation Grant and Monroe County Public Health.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
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1801 South B Street
Albia IA 52531

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Public Health Administrator:
Kim Hugen, RN

Employees in the Public Health Office:
Dana Cockrell, RN
HCA Director
Assistant Administrator

Jennifer Grinstead
Office Manager

Julie Kaster
Assistant Office Manager

Chris Golston
HOPES program manager

Emilie Whisler

Theresa Jones

Sandra Gray
Peggy Graham
Lynda Kosman

Public Health Forms / Employment Opportunities:
Downloadable forms
used in the Public Health office & job listings for employment with Monroe County Public Health

Public Health Links:
CDC Seasonal Flu


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