Outreach and Education
Mobile unit staff is found on the bus several days a week providing health screenings to all Polk County residents who wish to get an update on their cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose level. The mobile unit is in various locations throughout the county. You can find the schedule for both on this website, under events.
In addition to health screenings, staff educates and distributes information regarding health and wellness. For those residents who are interested in healthcare resources provided by the county, staff will conduct eligibility interviews for the Indigent Health Care Division programs. If you do not qualify for the Polk HealthCare Plan, mobile unit staff has referral information/materials on hand to direct you to any number of clinics in partnership with the division.
Diabetes Nutrition Education
To help manage your diabetes, Indigent Health Care Division and IFAS have partnered to provide diabetes nutrition education classes to Polk County residents we educate diabetics, caretakers, and family members about the disease and what it takes to manage the condition. In the classes, both the nutritional and medical aspects of diabetes are covered. Topics covered in the classes include proper nutrition and healthy meals, blood glucose monitors, medical information, exercise and the benefits of proactive management of the disease.
To learn more about diabetes, attend a diabetes nutrition education class, arrange for a diabetes support nurse to work with you and your PCP to help get your condition under control, or if you have any questions about the program, please call our diabetes support nurse at (863)519-2066. You can find the schedule for classes on our website under events. If you would like to be added to our diabetes class email distribution list for a schedule of classes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us you would like to be added. You can always check this website, under events for class dates.
Transportation is available for Polk HealthCare Plan members through Transit Services. To schedule transportation, call (863) 534-5500 ext. 1 at least one week in advance.
Burial Cremation Program
The Burial Cremation Program insures that every eligible resident of Polk County, without adequate resources, will receive a simple but dignified burial or cremation. Florida Statute 406.52 requires counties to bury or cremate those individuals who are low income or indigent as well as those whose families do not claim. This program provides services as a last resort.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program
Polk County supports and manages FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter program, which assists qualifying county residents who have a recent loss of income, with short-term financial assistance for shelter and utilities, in an effort to meet the their basic needs.
This program is able to pay for up to one month of shelter and/or utilities for residents who have been laid off. This assistance will allow the family or individual to maintain residence while seeking other employment. A resident may not utilize these services more than once a year, so a resident could receive assistance for shelter and utilities at the same time or at two different times, but not within the same calendar year.