Community Health Nursing
Community Health Nursing and Rural Epidemiology
Rural Community Health Services (RCHS) consists of several programs to support our rural and frontier communities. Among those programs is the Community Health Nursing (CHN) program. The CHN program promotes optimal wellness for individuals and families. CHN clinics work collaboratively with their respective counties and community coalitions to ensure that CHN services are comprehensive and integrated. CHN services include: cancer screenings, adult and child immunizations, well child and health kids examinations (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment), fluoride varnishes, chronic disease education, lead testing, and family planning. CHN clinics also work closely with Rural Epidemiology in the identification and treatment of communicable diseases - such as pertussis, flu, measles, Tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The targeted populations are low income and indigent individuals and families. CHN services are based on the federal poverty guidelines, using a sliding fee scale structure. Services are not denied due to inability to pay. Our clinics accept private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.
Rural Epidemiology performs surveillance, detection, response, and containment of reportable diseases and conditions. Rural Epidemiology works closely with multiple state and federal partners, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State Health Officer, county commissioners and health boards, local emergency planning committees, laboratories, health care providers, urgent care centers, hospitals, community coalitions, and rural Nevadans.