CRAHD has a Public Health Nurse who oversees Health Promotion and Disease Management in our district towns through a variety of programs designed to assist individuals and families concerning their health and the safety of our community.
The Public Health Nurse takes responsibility for:
The Connecticut Department of Public Health publishes a list of reportable diseases each year. These diseases are reported to the local health department by Physicians and laboratories. Local Health Department intervention is confidential and may include an interview to determine risk factors, food consumption history, recent travel, etc.
The CRAHD Public Health works collaboratively with the Connecticut TB Control Program to monitor, provide treatment, prevent emergence of drug resistant TB and reduce death, disability, and spread of illness caused by tuberculosis. We also provide education for our community to understand what TB is, how humans get the disease, how it presents, and how to prevent having active TB. The public health nurse reviews the plan of care for a Tb case discharged from the hospital and arranges for observed therapy of medications based on physician orders.
CRAHD Public Health Nurse and Chief Sanitarian work collaboratively with Connecticut DPH, Pediatricians and Families to determine the source of lead poisoning of a child, remove the source of lead in the child's environment, and educate the families on the prevention of lead poisoning and its importance. Blood lead screening is required for children and elevated levels of blood lead must be reported to Local Health and DPH by Physicians and Laboratories for the appropriate follow up from CRAHD.