Personal Health

Technicians provide screening in schools, pre-schools, Headstart, and at monthly Health Department Clinics. Hearing and vision problems can lead to difficulties both at school and at home. Children 3 years and older can be screened. Those needing follow-up will be referred to a physician for care.

Hearing and Vision screenings are held on the third Friday of every month. Call the Ionia County Health Department at (616) 527-5341 for an appointment.


Most people think of immunizations as, “those shots you get when you are a kid”, but immunizations are much more than that. Vaccinations help to protect people from becoming sick with diseases which used to be very common. Measles, mumps, rubella were all common illnesses at one time, now it is very rare to see a case. This is because these three illnesses can all be prevented by a single vaccination. Even diseases such as chicken pox, which many adults had to go through, can be prevented through immunizations.

Immunizations not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but they can help protect society from disease. When vaccination levels in a community are high, the few who cannot be vaccinated for various reasons are protected through “group immunity”. Group Immunity occurs from the lack of exposure to disease. If no one in the community is getting sick, then the unvaccinated ones will not be exposed.

A majority of vaccinations are recommended for children from birth to 6 years. But vaccinations are not just for children. Older adults can reduce their risk of several life-threatening diseases through immunizations. It is recommended that older adults should be vaccinated for Pneumonia and Influenza. Everyone needs to remember that no matter what age you are, you need to have a tetanus shot every 10 years.

Vaccines are safe and effective. You can live stronger, longer by making sure you and your children’s immunizations are up to date.

Immunizations are available to eligible children at Health Department Clinics throughout the County. You can also receive immunizations from your health care provider. Click here for CDC Immunization Schedule.

Immunizations are available at the Ionia County Health Department. Click here for information on hours and locations for ImmunizationsClick here for immunization fees.

ICHD provides confidential testing (via urine sample) for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing services are available at no cost to clients age 30 and under. There is no physical examination. General education about all STDs and STD prevention is also provided. Free condoms are available. Referrals to other locations to obtain more complete STD testing is also available. The STD clinic is open on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 4:00pm. Please call Chris RN at 616-527-5341 to make an appointment. Alternative days and times can be arranged if needed.

for information about the CDC’s Doing It campaign which encourages HIV testing

TB skin tests are given during regular immunization clinic hours and must be read 48 to 72 hours after administration. There is a charge for TB tests.

TB Handout

TB – Español


Toll Free Parent Hotline


TDD 1-800-788-7889

Children up to 19 years of age and pregnant women may qualify for medical insurance. Both Healthy Kids and MIChild have great dental insurance for children. There is a small monthly fee for the MIChild program.

Women age 40 and over may be eligible for free mammograms, pelvic exams, Pap tests, and follow-up services if they are not insured through an HMO or Medicare, Part B. Early detection is your best protection! Call the Tony Balice Clinic at 616-523-1600 for details and to make an appointment.


      A nutrition program for medically and financially eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children to age five. Through this program clients receive milk, eggs, juice, cereal, cheese, and peanut butter. Infants receive formula, cereal, and juice. Nutrition education classes are available. Click here for more information about WIC. Click Here for assistance with breastfeeding.

The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is the largest home visiting program in Michigan. It serves pregnant women and infants through age 1. MIHP supports healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.  It is FREE. Services are covered by Medicaid and managed health plans. Services are provided by a team of social workers, nurses, and dietitians. During pregnancy, your MIHP worker will help you connect to local community services (e.g. baby items, basic needs, housing, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence), arrange transportation to medical appointments, help you quit or reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, provide education about the developing fetus, labor and delivery, and healthy choices during pregnancy, discuss different birth control options.

After the baby is born, your worker will weigh/measure baby, complete developmental screenings and discuss your infant’s growth and development, provide breastfeeding support, provide infant care education, discuss safe sleep, and provide education about baby blues and post partum depression. Please contact the Ionia County Health Department to begin today!

Children living in dwellings with a high environmental risk for lead poisoning and who are 12 months to 6 years of age can be screened through a blood test and environmental questionnaire. Those with high lead levels will be referred for further testing. There is a fee for the screening. Medicaid can be billed for this test. Click here for Lead Information or  Click Here for Lead Poisoning Tips.


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