Our services are available to all people in Alaska. Eligibility for some services may be dependent upon age and insurance status. There are fees for all public health clinic services. Clients are asked to pay for services or provide a current Medicaid card at the time of service. Fees will be on a sliding scale based on family income and size. No one will be refused service due to inability to pay.
INDIVIDUAL-BASED SERVICES of Public Health Nurses
Routine childhood vaccines for children ages 2 months through 18 years of age regardless of insurance status. Limited vaccines for eligible adults may also be available.
Family Planning/pregnancy testing. Empower clients to make informed decisions regarding their reproductive futures, including pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, hormonal and barrier contraceptives and contraceptive methods counseling.
Prenatal Counseling, Postpartum Outreach. Resource counseling, education, and linkage with services.
Well Child Exams. Developmental and Health screenings, immunizations, and parenting support. Health screenings include the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program for children on Denali Kid Care/Medicaid.
Tuberculosis (TB) screening and treatment. TB skin testing, education, and case management in coordination with your primary health care provider for both active and latent TB infection.
School screenings. Working with schools, public health nurses (PHNs) may assist with school screenings were there are no local school nurses to complete the legally mandated screenings for school children in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening. Testing, education, treatment, partner notification, and expedited partner therapy for the most common sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichamoniasis. HIV services include prevention, counseling, testing, and contact follow-up.
COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES of Public Health Nurses
Communicable Disease Investigation. Generally started by a positive lab test result for a Reportable Condition that might be passed on to others.
Community Assessments. Working with other community groups, PHNs are available to help lead community health assessments. This assures a public health perspective is included in the process, which meets Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for private non-profit hospitals.
Community Health Improvement Processes. When communities identify and collaborate on public health concerns, PHNs participate by bringing experience, data, information and evidence-based research to the partnership. PHNs work with local people and groups to organize and develop activities/responses to meet those needs. For example, many community partnerships to decrease domestic/interpersonal violence in Alaskan communities include PHNs who work to increase the use of evidence-based strategies to reduce the incidence of domestic/interpersonal violence.
Community Organizing and Development Activities. When community assessments identify community health needs, PHNs work with local individuals and groups to organize and develop activities/responses to meet those needs.
Emergency Preparedness. Participate in Local Emergency Preparedness Committees (LEPCs) to organize and plan for community emergencies.
Health Education. Both an individual health care activity during clinic visits and a community activity. PHNs offer health education classes about a variety of health-related topics in communities, many in coordination with schools, community organizations, and other health care providers. A large variety of topics are available dependent on community needs and desires. Much parenting education related to child health and development is done during clinic visits by families. Many PHNs also participate in community parenting education programs with hospitals, health care systems, education systems and other community-based groups focusing on health and development issues of children and families.
Communities across Alaska have a large variety of sizes, needs, organizational and cultural styles, so PHN service delivery varies across the state. Please contact your local Public Health Nurse or Public Health Clinic (see bar at side for links) to find out how and what PHN services are delivered in your community.
Page updated July 6, 2015