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Public Health Nursing Division
Welcome to the Public Health Nursing Division page. The City of Council Bluffs has two public health nurses.

The main characteristics of a population-based public health nursing practice are:
  • A focus based on entire populations possessing similar health concerns or characteristics
  • Based on an assessment of community need
  • Addresses the broad determinants of health
  • Considers multiple levels of intervention
  • Considers multiple levels of prevention with preference for primary prevention

 

What is Public Health Nursing?  
                

While most nurses care for one patient at a time, public health nurses care for entire populations. By working with whole communities, public health nurses are able to educate people about health issues, improve community health and safety and increase access to care.

The Public Health Nurses ensure that the public is protected against communicable diseases, Tuberculosis (TB), and vaccine preventable diseases. We work first hand with local healthcare providers, hospitals, schools and daycares/preschools in the event of a communicable disease being reported. We ensure the safety to those exposed by getting them the information needed to control further spread whether that be getting the appropriate medication, vaccine needed or guidance to the local providers on how to treat the specific communicable disease. (Examples H1N1 vaccine clinics,  Flood of 2011 providing vaccines Tdap, Hep A/B vaccines to City workers, Pertussis Outbreaks, current National Measles outbreak, Active Tuberculosis clients with daily medication observations in home.)


The Public Health Nurses are the general information contact to the local healthcare providers, Hospitals Infection Control, and schools regarding the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, protocols, disease prevention and spread, set up at the State level for all Counties to follow.

 

Contact Us
Tanya French, LPN
Immunization Coordinator


Rachel Stolz, RN
HIV/Hep C/STD Coordinator
 

209 Pearl St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Ph: (712) 328-4666
Fx: (712) 328-4919

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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