Healthy People, Healthy Monroe County

Monroe County Health Department

Healthy Families

Crib Program

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Provides Graco® Pack ‘n Play cribs, dependent upon availability, and training about infant safe sleep practices to income-eligible families

Eligibility guidelines: includes those whose income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, pregnant women in their third trimester, and parents of infants less than 1 year of age.

For more information or to refer someone to a program please contact Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666. For a referral form, see here:

Dementia-Friendly Monroe County

Dementia-Friendly Communities are places where individuals living with dementia are able to live good lives, have the ability to live as independently as possible, continue to be part of their communities, are met with understanding, and are given support where necessary

Monroe County Dementia Friendly Coalition

To join the Dementia-Friendly Monroe County Coalition, contact or come to a meeting! Meets are held the 4th Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00 in the Monroe County Board Assembly Room.

Previous meeting minutes can be found here: November 2018, October 2018, August 2018, July 2018, June 2018, May 2018, April 2018, March 2018, February 2018.

The Dementia-Friendly Monroe County Coalition is offering free training to groups, organizations, and businesses about how they can be recognized as dementia-friendly! 

Training can be tailored to: Community members, general business, banks and credit unions, restaurants, faith communities, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or home health; libraries, museums, parks, sports/recreation programs, healthcare, dentists, pharmacies, law enforcement/1st responders, city planning.

To request a training, contact

Healthy Beginnings +

Healthy Beginnings Plus & Maternal Child Health

Are you pregnant and looking for support? Whether this is your first or your third pregnancy, you will still have questions and concerns. Let us be with you during this exciting time!

MCHD provides services for mothers, children and families through the Maternal Child Health Program (MCH). MCH promotes healthy lifestyles, safety, access to health care, pregnancy planning, and primary care to all.

Monroe County Health Department also offers the Healthy Beginnings Plus Program for pregnant women. The program provides support, helps with health care needs, and provides information on resources, services in the county, health and nutrition.

The goal of these programs is to support you, help you have a healthy baby and maintain your well-being.

To make an appointment, or refer someone to the program, contact MCHD at 269-8666.

For more information about Healthy Beginnings Plus & Maternal Child Health, visit or


Adult and Child Vaccines

Vaccination is a cornerstone of public health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows. Many children, adolescents, and adults are under-immunized, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, and pneumococcal disease.  CDC recommends routine vaccination to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases that occur in infants, children, adolescents, or adults.

Monroe County Health Department offers a variety of vaccines for children and adults. To learn more or schedule an appointment with a Public Health Nurse, call 269-8666.

Memory Café

The Memory Café is a place to meet with others living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s or other related dementia and their Care Partner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Once a month, this group offers a chance for everyone to have some fun and share a positive experience in a supportive environment.  It’s a place to talk with others and to learn, “You are not alone”.

Topics: Art, music, health and wellness topics will be featured at each café.

Resources: Community resource information will be available each month.  Staff from the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of  will be available to answer questions and visit with Care Partners during the café.

Memory Cafes are typically held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Jakes Northwoods (1132 Angelo Road, Sparta, WI)

If you would like more information, or to be added to the mailing list, contact the ADRC at 269-8690

RED Program

Research exploring the link between low childhood literacy and poor health outcomes demonstrates the need to promote literacy in early childhood to prevent future poor health outcomes. Children living in low-income families are particularly at risk. Learning to read impacts more than just a child’s school performance. It impacts rates of youth school retention, juvenile delinquency and teen risk behaviors. As part of MCHD’s efforts to protect the health of Monroe County residents, MCHD started the RED (Reading Empowers Development) program.

“RED bags” include an age appropriate book, available in English and Spanish, and information on reading to children. RED bags are issued to 6, 12, 18, and 24 month aged children in our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, prenatal and postpartum clients.

For more information on the RED program, contact Pam Rainwater