Personal Health Services
The Personal Health Services provided by the Bureau of Health meet a broad range of community health needs for individuals and families. The largest component of this section is the services provided by the community health nurses. The major responsibility of the nursing service is to identify individual and family health needs and assist with mobilizing and coordinating resources to meet those needs. Clients are accepted for service by self-referral or by referral from schools, physicians, community agencies and local hospitals.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require physicians and medical laboratories to notify the local health authority of reportable communicable diseases. For the City of York, the Bureau of Health is the responsible local agency. This reporting mechanism allows the Bureau of Health to take immediate public health measures to control the spread of communicable diseases. The Bureau of Health Personal Health Services program provides epidemiological investigation and follow-up of the communicable diseases reported.
In addition to the surveillance and investigation of reported diseases, the personal health services staff provides home visiting services to high-risk pregnant women and infants, special needs children, and youth.
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