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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 Wednesday of every month. Call the Ionia County Health Department at (616) 527-5341 for an appointment.


Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children. Please check with your physician to make sure you and your family are protected. CLICK HERE for more information on immunizations.

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 Family Phone Line


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.


WIC is a federal food and nutrition program for medically and financially eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, children to age five, and infants. Eligible women and children receive breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling and education, and nutritious foods to supplement and improve their diet. These foods may include milk, yogurt, whole grains, cheese, eggs, juice, peanut butter, and cereal.  Infant formula and a cash allowance towards fresh fruits and vegetables may also be provided.

Nutrition education classes are available. Click here for more information about WIC. Click here for assistance with breastfeeding.

*Nursing moms going back to work: have you talked to your employer about the Affordable Care Act and how employers are making it work at your workplace?  #pumping at work*

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 postpartum depression. Please contact the Ionia County Health Department to begin today!

*To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, follow your Health Care Provider’s guidance for administration of vaccines and regular health checkups.*

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.


Children don’t come with instructions. Connections Can Help.

Everyone has an opinion on how to raise a child! From your friends to your parents to your coworkers, once you’re a parent, advice flows. Many parents turn to the online world and that opens up more confusion and can be downright overwhelming for parents. This information and advice overload can come to an end with Connections. Connections recognizes that children don’t come with instructions and that most parents aren’t experts on child development. Our goal is to provide you with just in time education and ways to monitor your child’s development, so that parents and their children can thrive.

Connections is a free service. If you would like more information, call 616-527-5337.

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