Public Health Nursing

Funded by the Health Services Levy of Meigs County, the Meigs County Health Department offers Public Health Nursing (PHN) services to residents of Meigs County. Public Health Registered Nurses administer immunizations to residents of all ages according to CDC Guidelines. Shot Clinics are held every Tuesday from 9 AM – 11 AM and 1 PM – 3 PM, and other immunizations may be received by scheduling an appointment. Annual flu shot clinics are held in addition to regular immunization clinics.

Registered Nurses operate the Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) Program, a supplemental, income-based insurance program for those aged birth to 21 years with qualifying medical conditions.

Public Health Nursing also offers Hepatitus C and HIV testing to the public.

PHN Services are offered regardless of the persons’ ability to pay. For more information, please call or Leanne Cunningham, BSN, RN, DON, or Sherry Hayman, RN at 740-992-6626 weekdays between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Vision Services

The MCHD has grant funds from the Ohio Department of Health to assist children up to the age of 21 years with vision problems. To qualify, a child must NOT have any medical coverage, including Medicaid. Grant funds will pay for the exam at the office of Dr. Melanie Weese, O.D. and will pay 20% (up to $50.00) for the cost of frames. The MCHD also has other resources available to assist with vision problems. For more information, contact Leanne Cunningham, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing at 740-992-6626.

Lead and Hemoglobin Testing

Lead and Hemoglobin testing are available for children birth through age 5.

Project DAWN – Deaths Avoided with Naloxone

FREE Naloxone Kits are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to community members who want to be prepared and trained to administer Naloxone in the event of a possible opioid overdose.

Head Lice Checks

Head Lice Checks are offered on a walk-in or appointment basis. Please call ahead to ensure a PHN is available.

Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy Testing is offered on a walk-in or appointment basis. Please call ahead to ensure a Public Health Nurse is available.

Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure Screening is offered on a walk-in or appointment basis. Please call ahead to ensure a PHN is available.

Lead Case Investigation

A Public Health Nurse will provide lead investigation services for children birth through age 5. A home visit will be conducted to assist the family to identify possible sources of lead poisoning and to educate families on measures to take to reduce the risk of this potentially life-threatening hazard.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Nursing Home Visit

A Public Health Nurse will offer a home visit for the family of an infant who is suspected to be a victim of SIDS. The PHN has information about available support systems, such as bereavement counselors and support groups, clergy and financial resources, and may be invaluable to offering supportive services which can assist the family in the coming days and months after the baby’s death.

Research Partnerships

The Public Health Nursing division of the Meigs County Health Department participates in Research Partnerships. Please contact Leanne Cunningham, BSN, RN, CLC, Director of Nursing for questions about Research Partnerships.