Barnstable County Department ofHealth & EnvironmentPublic Health NursingDivisionNovember 15, 2017
Programs Public Immunization Program Ask a Public Health Nurse Biometric Screenings/Preventative Health Blood Pressure Clinics Safety Trainings Tickborne Disease Prevention Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Prevention Public Safety Services Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses Falls Prevention for Seniors
PUBLIC IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM • FY2017: Flu shots – 1743 • Breakdown: Public Safety – 416 Schools – 753 County Emp. – 90 General Community - 384 Other – 577 Vaccine expense - $62,795.96 Vaccine deposits - $88,745.76 • Media Release: June 2017, Infographic, Radio, Print
Ask a Public Health Nurse Program • Started 2012 • Frontline health professionals • Outreach to vulnerable & underserved populations • Collaboration with Cape Cod Hunger Network • Free health screenings & flu shots • Free access to professional nurse • Nurses consult with up to 30 clients/visit
BIOMETRIC SCREENINGS • Collaboration with Municipal Health Group • Bone density, blood pressure, glucose/cholesterol/HDL, hearing, vision, body mass index, skin cancer screening • Offered yearly to all towns BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS • Located: • YMCA, • Chatham Community Center • Eastham Public Library • Falmouth Eats Together 14.1 Million adults are unaware they have high blood pressure (Million Hearts Program, CDC)
In Closing: Why Do We Need Nurses? • We bring professional public health nursing services to the residents • Provide mentorship and a site for nursing student interns – 29 students since 2011 • One dollar spent on immunizations is estimated to save $5 in treating preventable illness (ASTHO) • Future Growth: provide more point-of-care services in line with other county health dept.
Questions? • THANK-YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!