Public Health


209 East Jackson Street, Centerville, IA
Phone: (641) 437-4332
Fax: (641) 856-5575


Kristopher L. Laurson – Administrator

Rebecca Pfannebecker RN, BSN

Jerilyn Lasley – Administrative Assistant

Board of Health Members

Dr. Ryan Arnevik – Chairperson

Mark McGill

Jackie Kelly

Marilyn Wood

Jessi Nicoletto


Right now COVID-19 is important to everyone.  Find all of your local and federal information regarding the virus at the links below:

Our Mission

As public health professionals, we strive to promote physical and mental health and prevent disease, injury, and  disability.

We protect and improve the health of individuals, families, and our community.

Women's Health

Are you a woman age 40-64?  If so, you may qualify for our Care for Yourself program.  This program allows uninsured or under-insured women to be screened for breast and cervical cancer.

Now is the most important time for mammograms, pap tests, cholesterol and glucose screenings.  Through our Care for Yourself program, you may qualify for these screenings at no cost to you.

Please contact our CFY Coordinator, Jerilyn Lasley, at (641) 437-4332 today to see if you qualify!


Health Education/Promotion

Our nurses provide educational workshops at 18-80 Club, Appanoose Community Care Service, and other agencies in the county.  We also provide education over the phone when people call in with questions.


IDSS stands for Iowa Disease Surveillance System.  Public health is notified by the state of any infectious disease in Appanoose County that requires evaluation follow-up and treatment.


Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a program to allow Appanoose County Public Health to provide vaccine at no cost to those children whom do not have the resources to obtain it elsewhere.  To be eligible the child must be under 18 and qualify for Medicaid, uninsured, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or underinsured.

School/Licensed Day Care Immunization Audit

Our public health nurses go to the schools and licensed day cares and work with the school nurse to review immunization records of every child currently enrolled.  We make sure each child is up to date with all immunizations that the state requires.

Flu Clinics

Annually we provide the flu vaccine to our current clients receiving skilled nursing services.  We also conduct flu clinics at different workplaces in the county, 18-80, Shamrock Apartments, and in the small rural towns.  VFC also provides flu vaccines for the children.  We typically start these flu clinics in mid September.

Maternal and Child Health

Appanoose County Public Health in conjunction with Marion County Public Health take part in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Clinics held in Centerville.  Some of the services offered are:  Ages and Stages Assessments, Lead Screenings, Vision Screenings, and I-Smile Services.

1st Five Services

1st Five is a partnership bridging primary care and public health services in Iowa.  The 1st Five model supports health providers in the early detection of social and emotional development delays and family risk – related factors in children birth to five and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow up.

Extra Services:

  • Adult Immunizations
  • Blood Pressure Screening Clinics
  • Iowa Care for Yourself
  • Sliding Scale Nursing Visits
  • Transitional Care Visits