Public Health Nursing Services
Children with Medical Handicaps
Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) is an Ohio program for children with medical handicaps that helps to cover the cost of medical bills. Public Health Nurses at The Athens City-County Health Department assist families with application for diagnostic and treatment services of medically eligible conditions, increase access to care, support service coordination for children with selected diagnoses; and assist families to access and utilize appropriate sources of payment for services for their child.
Cribs for Kids
The mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. The Athens City-County Health Department has cribettes available through the Cribs for Kids Program at no cost for Athens County residents.
Program is held every Wednesday from 1230pm to 3pm at 278 W. Union St Athens OH 45701. Offering a one for one syringe exchange up to 30 syringes, Narcan distribution and training, Hepatitis A/B immunizations, Opioid Navigator and peer counseling services.
The goal of the health department’s immunization program is to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases among Ohio's children and adults. Immunizations are covered by most insurances, however the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC) provides free immunization to uninsured children. Uninsured adults may obtain immunizations at minimal or no cost.
According to Ohio Law, children who live in high-risk areas such as Athens County be tested at 1 and 2 years of age. All blood lead tests for Ohio children are sent to the Ohio Department of Health. If your child has a confirmed blood lead test with a level of 5 µg/dL or higher while less than six years old. Investigators from ODH or from The Athens City-County Health Department will work with you to determine and the sources of your child's lead exposure and provide prevention strategies. There is currently a grant program at ODH that can help families with the cost of lead repair work.
Nationwide Children’s Genetic Clinic
A Genetic clinic that serves Athens County and the surrounding communities is provided at the Athens City-County Health Department. Through a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the health department provides clinic space for a genetic counselor and clinical geneticist. A public health nurse serves as the clinic coordinator for the program and links families to medical, educational, social, and financial resources in the community.
Ohio’s network of opioid education and naloxone distribution programs is called Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone). Program participants receive a take-home naloxone kit and training on:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
- Distinguishing between different types of overdose
- Performing rescue breathing
- Calling emergency medical services
- Administering intranasal naloxone
The Athens City-County Health Department participates with the Project DAWN Program, providing training and naloxone kits for our community.
Welcome Home Baby
The Athens City-County Health Department offers free support to every Athens County mother. A Public Health Nurse is available to visit you and your newborn in your home. During the visit, the nurse can support families with the care, safety, and development of their child. The nurse can also connect families to additional community resources.
If you would like to contact the nursing department about any of the above services, please call (740) 447-5900