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DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
Public health nursing involves a wide variety of services and activities, all aimed at promoting health and preventing disease and disease outbreaks. When a communicable disease is reported in Scioto County our public health nurses investigate the cause and the origin; provide case management when needed; and follow up to ensure the disease is controlled and not spread in the community.

Our public health nurses also offer a wide variety of important immunizations to children, as well as a limited number of vaccines to adults. This is another effort to protect the health of our citizens and to limit the spread of communicable disease in our community.

Each year we offer the seasonal influenza vaccine. Our nurses offer outreach clinics in every township in Scioto County and also hold a large clinic at the local senior citizens center. Following the outreach clinics we offer the vaccine through our Nurse-of-the-Day Clinic.

Our public health nurses also provide investigations and case management for active tuberculosis (TB) cases in Scioto County, and perform testing, investigation, and case management for lead poisoning cases in children.

Nurse-of-the-Day Clinic: The Nurse of the Day Clinic is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., except on holidays.

Public health nurses provide confidential services include TB testing, immunizations for children and some immunizations for adults, pregnancy testing. No appointment is necessary, and services are available to all Scioto County residents, regardless of income. Our clinic accepts payment in cash, Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medical Mutual, Aetna, and United Healthcare.



Walk-in immunization hours (no appointment needed): Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. (If you need to come after 3:30p, please call (740) 355-8358 for an appointment.)

The Nursing Division of the Scioto County Health Department administers required and recommended vaccines for all ages, including infants, children, teens, collage-age, adults, and senior citizens. We have vaccines you may need for pre-school/day care, school, college, work and travel. We are able to bill most private insurance and Medicaid plans, and we are also able to serve uninsured and under-insured clients through the federally-funded Vaccine for Children Program and 317 Adult Vaccine Program.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE

Flu Shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, EVERY YEAR!
We have flu shots for all ages, including the "High-Dose" Flu vaccine for Seniors (65+). Walk-in vaccine clinics (no appointment needed) are Monday - Friday - 9:00 am-3:30pm. Bring your insurance card and photo ID. (We also have a limited supply of flu vaccine for people who d not have insurance.)

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Are you planning to travel overseas? You may need travel Immunizations. Call (740) 355-8358 and ask to speak to a public health nurse. We can provide your recommended or required travel vaccines, and also advise you on malaria prevention and other health precautions specific to your travel destination. Make sure to plan ahead! Some vaccines series should be started at least six months before travel for maximum effectiveness.

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The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (CMH), formerly called Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps(BCMH), is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (CMH) is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). CMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.

CMH's mission is to assure, through the development and support of high quality, coordinated systems, that children with special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive care and services that are family centered, community based and culturally sensitive.

CMH is a state-administered program that operates within ODH. CMH receives funding for services from the federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, state general revenue funds, county tax funds, third-party reimbursements and donations. CMH promotes early identification of children with handicapping conditions and treatment of those children by appropriate health care providers.

Major components of the program include: conducting quality assurance activities to establish standards of care and to determine unmet needs of children with handicaps and their families; funding services for the diagnosis and treatment of medically eligible conditions; collaborating with public health nurses and local health departments to assist in increasing access to care; supporting service coordination for children with selected diagnoses; and assisting families to access and utilize appropriate sources of payment for services for their child.

Information for Families

The Children with Medical Handicaps Program (CMH) provides assistance to children with special health care needs and their families who meet the medical and financial eligibility criteria. Assistance is provided to children under the age of 21 who have special health care needs and are residents of the State of Ohio.
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Part of the mission of Public Health nursing is to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases. In Ohio, there are over 80 "reportable infectious diseases." (You can click on the link below to see the list.) If a heath provider's office, hospital, or lab receives a positive lab test for any of these diseases, they are required to report that positive result to the local health department. Public Health Nurses monitor disease reports for trends. Depending on the disease, public health nurses may reach out to the patients to make sure they are informed of the ab result, provide education on the disease, advise precautions so help prevent the transmission of the disease to other people, and make referrals to specialists when necessary. If immunizations are advised to help prevent the spread of a disease, we can provide those immunizations.

If you need to report a communicable disease, or if you would like to speak to a public health nurse about communicable disease, please call (740) 355-8358 and ask for a nurse.

The most common communicable diseases reported in Scioto County Ohio include the following:
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonococcal
For Reportable Diseases in Ohio Please visit this link
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Does your organization need a speaker on a health-related topic? Do you have questions or need general information about health matters? Contact us, and we will be happy to provide you with general information about a variety of health-related topics relevant to Scioto County residents. Examples of Health Education and Outreach topics available as presentations through the Scioto County Health Department:

  • Vaccines
  • Vaccines: What You Need to Know
  • Pre-teen, Teen, and College Vaccines: What You Need to Know
  • Infant and Child Vaccines: What You Need to Know
  • Adult Vaccines: What You Need to Know
  • Hepatitis A Outbreak: How To Protect Yourself and Your Organization
  • Safe Sleep for Infants
  • A History of Substance Abuse Disorders in the U.S.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Travelers’ Health: Health Risks, Travel Vaccines, and Health/Safety Precautions for International Travelers. (You can specify the countries or destinations of interest to you. If you have a group traveling for a school trip, mission trip, or college course or service trip, we will be happy to do a presentation for your school, church, or college group.)
  • Many other topics by request


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Interagency Collaboration and Referral The Nursing Department of the Scioto County Health Department collaborates with many other local organizations and agencies on health-related issues. Examples include:

Appalachian Whole Child Partnership Project

The Appalachian Whole Child Partnership Project is a collaborative effort with Ohio University, Wright State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, local healthcare providers and agencies, and several local school districts from across the southern Ohio region. The purpose of this initiative is to help interested school districts identify student health and wellness priorities, and assist them to develop an integrated system of school-based student supports to improve student health. This may include interventions such as school-based health clinics, providing mental health services in schools, etc. Three Scioto County school districts were accepted to participate in the program. The Scioto County Health Department is a participating agency in this project, and serves on the Whole Child Advisory Committee for Minford Local Schools.

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Case Management Exposure to lead can be very dangerous, especially for young children. Lead can damage nearly every system in the human body, and young children are especially vulnerable. Even small amounts of lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children. Lead replaces iron and calcium and affects many parts of the body, especially the nervous system. Lead is most harmful to children under the age of six, because a child's growing body takes up lead easily. Lead can also be dangerous to a baby during pregnancy. Problems related to lead poisoning can last the child's whole life. Even at low levels, lead can lower IQ, cause attention disorders, make it difficult for a child to pay attention in school, delay growth, impair hearing, and more.

The Scioto County Health Department provides local case management for children who have been diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels. Our nurses will meet with you to help you figure out where the lead exposure is coming from, and help you develop a plan to reduce your child's lead exposure. We will work with your family, your pediatrician, and the State of Ohio's Lead Program to monitor your child's lead levels over time to make sure the plan is working. If your child is experiencing developmental delays, we can refer you to other agencies that provide developmental services. For children under 6 years old who have a blood lead level of 10 or over, you will also be contacted by a State Lead Inspector, and you may be eligible for additional services including home modification to remove sources of lead.

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The Scioto County Health Department wants to help you keep your baby safe! Sadly, many babies are at risk of injury or death due to unsafe sleep environments. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3500 babies die in the U.S. each year due to unsafe sleep environments. An easy way to remember the recommendations for safe sleep for infants is to KNOW YOUR ABCD’s!

A = Alone (The baby should sleep alone. Co-sleeping is NOT safe!)

B = Back (Place the baby on his/her back, NOT on the side or belly)

C = Crib (The baby should sleep in a safety-approved crib or bassinette. Do NOT place pillows, blankets, or crib bumpers in the crib, as these can suffocate the baby.)

D = Don’t Smoke! (Smoking during pregnancy, and exposure to second-hand smoke after the baby is born, increases the chance of sleep-related infant deaths.)

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Each year, approximately 1600 children die in Ohio. About one-fifth of these deaths are probably preventable. Child Fatality Review is the process of reviewing all infant and child deaths to better understand how and why children die and how we can prevent child deaths. Each year, the Scioto County Health Department conducts a confidential review of all deaths of infants and children (under age 18) in Scioto County. This review is required by Ohio law.

Infant and child deaths are regarded as an important indicator of the health of a community. While mortality statistics provide us with an overall picture of child deaths (by number and cause), it is from a careful study of each and every child’s death that we can learn how best to prevent more deaths.

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The sudden, unexpected loss of a baby or young child is one of life’s most traumatic events. Losing a baby due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) can be devastating for parents, siblings, and extended families. Your local public health nurses are available to provide you with support and information to help you cope with this tragic loss. Sometimes it helps to have a compassionate person to listen to your story and help guide you on next steps. We can talk with you by phone or meet with you in person at your home, our office, or a public place of your choice. We can also refer you to bereavement counseling, parent support groups, grief support, and/or mental health services if you would like a referral.

By Ohio law, all unexpected deaths of children under 2 years of age are reported to local health departments. A local health department nurse will then reach out to the parents to offer bereavement support and referrals. We reach out to parents by a letter or a phone call.

The Ohio Baby 1st Network (ADD LINK) is also available to help you. Their mission is to provide support to grieving families and prevent SIDS and SUID. They offer phone support and can put you in touch with other parents who have been through the lost of a baby. Online support groups are available. Their phone number is 1-800-477-7437, and their email address is info@baby1stnetwork.org.



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Click H E R E for our May 2019 Monthly Communicable Diseases Newsletter

Click H E R E for our May 2019 HEP A Report



FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE NOW!
Flu Shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, EVERY YEAR!
We have flu shots for all ages, including the "High-Dose" Flu vaccine for Seniors (65+). Walk-in vaccine clinics (no appointment needed) are Monday - Friday - 9:00 am-3:30pm. Bring your insurance card and photo ID. (We also have a limited supply of flu vaccine for people who d not have insurance.)

Hepatitis A Shots Available Now!

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