Public Health Nursing
Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, as well as social and public health sciences.
The PCPH Nursing Division provides a wide variety of public health services to the community including vaccination of children and adults against disease, surveillance of disease, helping families with handicapped children, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, educating teen and first time moms, working at the PCPH Clinic, provide health education, and conduct home health visits.
BCMH is a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health that assists Preble County families with children who have special needs.
The PCPH Nursing, Environmental Health and Epidemiology programs work together with medical providers, laboratories, the Ohio Department of Health, CDC, and other partners to prevent the emergence and spread of communicable diseases , including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, vaccine-preventable agents, bacterial toxins, bioterrorism and pandemics.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
PCPH is the designated TB control agency for Preble County.
The TB control program's mission is to protect the residents of Preble County from tuberculosis. Public health functions include disease surveillance, case finding, epidemiologic analysis and contact tracing.