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Public Health Nursing

Smiling medical personel

Services are available by appointment:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 11:30 am 

*Cash/Check accepted. There is a 4% fee when using Credit/Debit ($2 minimum charged)

Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences.

 The primary focus of public health nursing is to promote health and prevent disease for entire population groups. This may include assisting and providing care to individual members of the population. It also includes the identification of individuals who may not request care but who have health problems that put themselves and others in the community at risk, such as those with infectious diseases. The focus of public health nursing is not on providing direct care to individuals in community settings. Public health nurses support the provision of direct care through a process of evaluation and assessment of the needs of individuals in the context of their population group. Public health nurses work with other providers of care to plan, develop, and support systems and programs in the community to prevent problems and provide access to care.

For more information, please visit the American Public Health Association website.

Women's Health Services

Women's Health/Show Me Healthy Women

We provide breast and cancer screenings for women and are affiliated with the Show Me Health Women Program for financial assistance if qualified.  Women can come in for an annual wellness exam and may pay out of pocket at a range of $70-$105, SMHW if qualified, or Medicaid if covered.  In the future other insurances will be accepted.   Along with doing women’s health exams we also offer birth control counseling and prescription when appropriate.

Medical Consultation
Blood Pressure

Preventative Health Services

Lead

At PCHC we do lead testing for children age 1-5 and any age that testing is indicated. If follow-up is needed, we work with getting the patients resources to help lower those levels and prevent further infection. Please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website for more information.

Tuberculosis (TB)

PCHC provides comprehensive tuberculosis (TB) services, including both PPD (skin test) and IGRA (blood test) for TB screening.

 

In addition to these diagnostic services, the health center manages Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) cases to prevent the progression to active disease. For individuals diagnosed with active tuberculosis, the health center offers thorough case management and treatment plans to ensure effective care and containment of the disease.

Please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for more information.

Wellness

  • Labs: PCHC has capability of doing wellness labs which include CBC, CMP, HgbA1C, Lipid Profile, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Thyroid Panel, FSH, and PSA.  Other labs are available with Health Care Provider Orders.  Appointment preferred.

  • Blood pressure:  can be checked at any time at no charge.  Walk ins accepted with this.

  • Physicals: We offer Day Care Physicals, Employee Physicals, Sports Physicals, Women’s Health Physicals, all by appointment.

STI Testing and Treatment

PCHC offers STI screening, treatment, contact treatment, education and condoms to prevent STI.  Appointments are recommended.

Available Testing:

HIV

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

Haematology
Pregnant Belly

TEMP Medicaid

Temporary Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Temporary Medicaid can be issued through an appointment at the Pettis County Health Center. TEMP Medicaid can be used for outpatient prenatal care (such as Doctor's office visits)  A financial screening is performed and a positive pregnancy test is required to determine eligibility. If a client qualifies, they will leave with a temporary Medicaid number and eligibility for up to the next 45 days. Clients will be given a letter of confirmation of pregnancy and eligibility for temporary Medicaid as well as Prenatal Vitamins. An official Medicaid application must be submitted to DSS for a permanent Medicaid for the pregnancy. This can be done at your local office or online.   

Other Services

Communicable Disease Investigation:

Reporting, investigation, and surveillance of communicable disease/conditions is linked to the Core Public Health Function of Assessment ad to the Essential Public Health Services. At PCHC, we monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems as well as diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community. Some of the most common communicable diseases investigated by PCHC include:

Tick-Borne Disease

Foodborne Illness

Animal Bites

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Reportable Communicable Diseases/Conditions

Veteran Examination Services:

THANK YOU to all those who have served our country. PCHC is contracted with Veteran Examination Services (VES) and offers disability exams for those referred to VES from the VA.  While a Veteran cannot specifically make an appointment for this service, we do have resources that may be of help.

Veteran Crisis Line

US Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Disabled American Veteran

American Legion

Disabled Veteran National Foundation

Veteran Advocacy.org

Military-Veterans Advocacy.org

Downloadable Resource Navigator

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