Health Education

Health Education

The Health Education division of the Madison County Health Department is open Mon-Fri from 8am – 4pm. Karen Finnigan is the Health Educator and she coordinates the educational materials and several programs. Karen also conducts area health fairs and collaborates with other organizations on education, medical screenings and local policy efforts. In addition, Karen conducts one-on-one and/or group education sessions on pre-diabetes, health departments services, and mental and physical health issues.

Lending Library and Resources

The Health Education division houses a lending library with a wide variety of health-related print and audio/video materials that are available for loan to companies, organizations, schools and any other Madison County public group. We encourage your staff to contact Karen to borrow any of these at no charge. They can be delivered to and picked up from your facility as necessary, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Health Education office also serves as a hub for community health resources. If you need information about other county services or resources, please contact Karen at the health department at any time. There is also a display of free brochures on a number of health topics available in the health department’s upper lobby.


School Programs

The Health Department provides an evidence-based, sexual abstinence curriculum for use in the county public middle schools. Middle school students are taught a consistent message that sexual abstinence until marriage is the safest and healthiest decision one can make, as well as the expected standard of behavior for all school children. Self-control, good decision making, future goal setting and resistance to peer pressure are promoted.

There are five Baby-Think-It-Over dolls available for lending to high schools. We also have two demonstration dolls depicting fetal alcohol and drug syndrome infants that are available to loan to high schools for education in the classroom.

Karen Finnigan

Health Educator

Ph. 641-9523




Madison Health Partners

Nutrition information 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) 

Indiana State Dept. of Health

Centers for Disease Control

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association