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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

Community Care Coordination at a Glance
Website
This website presents innovation profiles of care coordination programs that have integrated community health and social support services.
Organization(s): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Nurse Home Visitation Program
Website
Describes nurse visitation programs that arrange for nurses to help coordinate services for first-time mothers during and after their pregnancies.
Organization(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Author(s): Alper, J.
Date: 2003

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