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Public Health Nurses

Public health nurses focus on population health and health promotion. To coordinate care, public health nurses can provide patients and families with information and conduct home visits. These services are useful for children with complex health conditions.

Home visiting programs may use public health nurses, social workers, or case managers to screen children for health issues, provide referrals to support organizations and local resources, and help families to identify financial assistance.

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is an example of an evidence-based home visiting initiative to improve coordination of services and outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities.

Resources to Learn More

Public Health Nurse Home Visiting FAQ
Includes frequently asked questions about public health nurse home visiting programs.
Organization(s): Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority