Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention is an integral part of Black Hawk County Public Health services crossing several program areas. Under the Community Health Programs, we focus on healthy behaviors to detect and prevent breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and provide evidence-based mental health education and promotion.  We emphasize reaching high-burden populations: those disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and related health risks. We create and maintain partnerships across Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Fayette, Grundy, Hardin, and Tama counties so that the fight against chronic diseases is coordinated and effective. If you are interested in how we address chronic disease through environmental health and system, please visit our Environmental Health Program.

Breast and Cervical Cancer (BCC) Early Detection 

The Care for Yourself program is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program that helps reduce risks from breast cancer and cervical cancer. To reduce your risk, you must have screening tests. Our BCC services include free or low-cost cancer screenings to eligible individuals. Program staff can also help you schedule an appointment for the following services: Clinical breast exam, mammograms, pelvic exam, and pap tests. Participants are often able to go to the provider and mammogram facility of their choosing.
What tests do women need at what age? Find out which screenings you need to prevent cancer.

Take An Active Role in Your Health, Schedule Your Appointment Today! Call the Care for Yourself program at Black Hawk County Public Health to get the help you need - (319) 292-2225.

Colorectal Cancer Early Detection 

Black Hawk County Public Health partners with Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and local providers in Black Hawk and neighboring counties to increase colorectal cancer screenings. Through these collaborations, the program serves lower-income Iowans, ages 45-75, to increase the number of cancers prevented, increase the diagnosis of early-stage colorectal cancer, reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in our program jurisdiction. Eligibility requirements include individuals at average or increased risk of colorectal cancer, 300% at or below the Federal Poverty Level, asymptomatic, and uninsured or under-insured individuals.

For more information, call the Iowa Get Screened coordinator at Black Hawk County Public Health - (319) 292-2225.