Rio Blanco County Nursing Service is the public health agency serving all of Rio Blanco County and surrounding areas.

Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Rio Blanco County Nursing Service is to protect, promote, and enhance the health and well-being of all people and the environment in Rio Blanco County.


Essential Services:
Monitor the health status of the population and the environment, and identify community health problems.
Prevent and control the spread of communicable disease.
Promote positive health behaviors and environmental practices.
Mobilize community partnerships to solve identified health problems.
Enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of the public and the environment.
Assure access and provide linkages to personal health services.
Develop policies that support and protect the health of the community and the environment. 

Rio Blanco County Nursing Service Email: publichealth@rbc.us


209 E. Main
Rangely, CO 81648
(970-878-9525
(970) 675-2233 (fax)

345 Market Street
Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-9520
(970) 878-0321 (fax)


What is Public Health?

The most current and useful description of "public health" is presented in the 1988 Institute of Medicine publication entitled, The Future of Public Health. This publication defines the mission of public health as "fulfilling society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. Public health's aim is to generate organized community efforts to address the public interest in health by applying scientific and technical knowledge to prevent disease and promote health."




The three core functions of public health are:
Assessment: Regular, systematic collection of information on the health of the community.
Policy Development: Work for rules/laws/policies that serve the health interests of the whole community.
Assurance: Assure that the services necessary to achieve health goals are available to the whole population, either by encouraging other entities to provide them or, if necessary, by providing services directly.


Services for Children:

Children with Special Health Needs
Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Health Education Services
Immunization Clinic
Children's Dental Care
Nurse-Family Partnership
Women, Infants, Children [WIC]


Children with Special Health Needs (HCP)

The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs

What are the services of HCP:

HCP offers assistance for families with special needs children (0 to 20 years old) in order to find health care and other resources. Examples might include: seizure disorders, heart conditions, downs syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Communicable Disease Control
Preventing epidemics and the spread of disease.
Control and reporting for Rio Blanco County.
Education, investigation and referral.
Tuberculosis testing and control


Health Topics A to Z
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Health Education Services

Information coming soon.

Immunization Clinic
Purpose:
To protect children and adults from preventable communicable diseases.

Immunizations

Routine immunizations for anyone under 18 years of age:

Chicken Pox (varicella)
Diphtheria
Hemophilus influenza [HIB]
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Pertussis
Meningitis
Polio
Rubella
Measles
Mumps
Pneumococcal disease
Tetanus

Routine immunizations for adults are:

Chicken Pox
Tetanus / Diphtheria
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Measles / Mumps / Rubella
Meningococcal Meningitis
Pneumonia (not available at our office)
For more information, National Immunization Program.

Flu vaccine available in October and November at designated clinics; for additional information, please call our office.

The child's parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to sign the consent form. When bringing your children in for immunizations, please bring their immunization records and their medicaid, CHP+ or Rocky Mountain HMO insurance card if they are insured by these plans.

Fees
Call for current fees. Medicaid, CHP+ and Rocky Mountain HMO can be billed for immunizations.


Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse-Family Partnership is a program which can help you and your child begin a healthy life.

Taking good care of yourself, preparing for childbirth, and then caring for your new baby will be challenging! We believe it will also be the most important and satisfying work you will ever do.

The goal of the Nurse-Family Partnership is to support you through your pregnancy and the first two years of parenting. Nurse-Partners are specially trained registered nurses willing to provide positive support and education for you to help you be the best parent you can be.

You are invited to enroll for a Nurse Partner if you are expecting your first child and have a limited income.

Families who are eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership receive:
Home visits during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.
Answers to your questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Information about baby and early childcare.
Support for family needs and links to community resources.
Educational gifts and books.For more information about the national Nurse-Family Partnership program, visit the National Center for Children, Families and Communities Web site.

To sign up for a Nurse-Partner, please call our office.

Childrens Dental Care

Your child needs to see a dentist!!
Are you unable to afford dental care
Our Dental Professionals are here to serve you!

NORTHWEST COLORADO DENTAL CARE

Medicaid
CHP+
sliding fee scale for uninsured who quality
Prenatal thru 20 years of age
Serving Northwest Colorado, including but not limited to Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Jackson & Grand CountiesNot sure if you qualify?

Call 824-8000

Colorado Northwestern Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rangely

Women, Infants, Children [WIC]

Purpose

To provide nutrition education and food for infants/children and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women.

Eligibility
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Infants and children who are within income guidelines and have at least 1 nutritional risk factor qualify for WIC. Fee
Must meet income guidelines, at or below 185% of poverty, which are similar to the reduced school lunch guidelines.

Phone Number
(970-878-9525 or 970-878-9520

Appointments
Please call for an appointment.

Links
Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Alexandria, Virginia


Services for Teens & Adults
Children with Special Health Needs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Referrals
Family Planning Clinic and STD Testing
HIV Counseling and Referral
HIV InSite
Selected Major HIV/AIDS Web Sites
Links: Español
Immunization Clinic
Nurse-Family Partnership
Women, Infants, Children [WIC]

Children with Special Health Needs (HCP)

The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs

What are the services of HCP:

HCP offers assistance for families with special needs children (0 to 20 years old) in order to find health care and other resources. Examples might include: seizure disorders, heart conditions, downs syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology
Communicable Disease Control
Preventing epidemics and the spread of disease.
Control and reporting for Rio Blanco County.
Education, investigation and referral.
Tuberculosis testing and control


Health Topics A to Z
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Family Planning Clinic 

Purpose

To improve the reproductive health status of Coloradans by enabling families to achieve their desired fertility;
to assure access to comprehensive women's health services; and
to assure access to early and appropriate prenatal services.Services

Physical exams including breast and cervical cancer screening.
Physical examinations including pap smears.
HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases testing; treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
Vaginal and urinary tract infection checks and treatment.
Pregnancy testing and options counseling.
Referrals for abnormal pap smear followup.
Contraceptive services including birth control pills, emergency oral contraception, intrauterine devices, Depo-Provera, Lunelle, Evra patch and Nuva Ring, diaphragms, cervical caps, spermicidal foam and condoms.
Information and education upon request for topics of sex education, puberty, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases
All services are confidential.Eligibility
All women of reproductive age who have not chosen a permanent method of fertility control. Limited services available for men.

Fees
Based on the ability to pay.

Appointments
Please call for appointments. Some same day services are available.

Links

Managing Contraception
Bridging the Gap Foundation
Clayton, Georgia
Planned Parenthood
New York, New York

Immunization Clinic
Purpose:
To protect children and adults from preventable communicable diseases.

Immunizations

Routine immunizations for anyone under 18 years of age:

Chicken Pox (varicella)
Diphtheria
Hemophilus influenza [HIB]
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Pertussis
Meningitis
Polio
Rubella
Measles
Mumps
Pneumococcal disease
Tetanus

Routine immunizations for adults are:

Chicken Pox
Tetanus / Diphtheria
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Measles / Mumps / Rubella
Meningococcal Meningitis
Pneumonia (not available at our office)
For more information, National Immunization Program.

Flu vaccine available in October and November at designated clinics; for additional information, please call our office.

The child's parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to sign the consent form. When bringing your children in for immunizations, please bring their immunization records and their medicaid, CHP+ or Rocky Mountain HMO insurance card if they are insured by these plans.

Fees
Call for current fees. Medicaid, CHP+ and Rocky Mountain HMO can be billed for immunizations.



Nurse-Family Partnership 

Nurse-Family Partnership is a program which can help you and your child begin a healthy life.

Taking good care of yourself, preparing for childbirth, and then caring for your new baby will be challenging! We believe it will also be the most important and satisfying work you will ever do.

The goal of the Nurse-Family Partnership is to support you through your pregnancy and the first two years of parenting. Nurse-Partners are specially trained registered nurses willing to provide positive support and education for you to help you be the best parent you can be.

You are invited to enroll for a Nurse Partner if you are expecting your first child and have a limited income.

Families who are eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership receive:
Home visits during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.
Answers to your questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Information about baby and early childcare.
Support for family needs and links to community resources.
Educational gifts and books.For more information about the national Nurse-Family Partnership program, visit the National Center for Children, Families and Communities Web site.

To sign up for a Nurse-Partner, please call our office.


Women, Infants, Children [WIC]

Purpose

To provide nutrition education and food for infants/children and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women.

Eligibility
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Infants and children who are within income guidelines and have at least 1 nutritional risk factor qualify for WIC. Fee
Must meet income guidelines, at or below 185% of poverty, which are similar to the reduced school lunch guidelines.

Phone Number
(970-878-9525 or 970-878-9520

Appointments
Please call for an appointment.

Links
Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Alexandria, Virginia




Food Assistance Programs

Women, Infants, Children [WIC]


Other Food Assistance Programs in Rio Blanco County

Food Stamp Program
Rio Blanco County Department of Human Services


Food Banks
Rangely Food Bank
Rangely Assembly of God Church
204 E. Rio Blanco Ave.
Rangely, CO 81648
(970) 675-2113

Meeker Food Bank
Meeker United Methodist Church
809 Park Ave
Meeker, CO 81641
(970) 878-5904







Health Promotion

Health and Wellness Education - services for individuals and groups providing information and/or referral to accurate resources to improve health and safety in a variety of areas.

Topics include services of the health department, hygiene information, injury prevention, contraception and sexually transmitted disease prevention information, and referral to accurate resources.

For more information: (970-878-9525 or 970-878-9520.







Rio Blanco County Tobacco Education Program (RBC-CX) 

The Mission of the Rio Blanco County Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control Coalition (RBC-CX) is to prevent initiation among youth, promote cessation among youth and adults, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, through culturally competent and research based programs.


Free Online Cessation Assistance
Colorado's Quitnet Service


Child Safety Program
Promoting safety education and awareness regarding the proper use of child car restraints and bike helmet. Low cost, safety approved car seats and bike helmets are available.
Safe Kids
Provides tips advice and suggestions for child safety.


Miles for Smiles Dental Van
request information at dental@quik.com

Health Topics A to Z
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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