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Wheeler County Public Health


 

Wheeler County Public Health Department
712 Jay Street, P.O. Box 307
Fossil, OR 97830
(541) 763-2725
Hearing Impaired Line 1-800-735-2900
Fax: (541) 763-2850

Robert J. Boss, MD, Administrator and Health Officer
Karen Woods, Program Coordinator

 

Our Mission:

To promote and protect the health of people in Wheeler County through education, empowerment, prevention, and the availability of compassionate care.



 

There are many programs available to Wheeler County residents through the Public Health Department


BABIES FIRST!

 

This is a public health nurse home visiting program for newborns and their families. the RN is able to take weight and height for the baby at each visit in order to track development. there are other approved measurments which may be used to detect any need for early intervention. For example, sight, hearing,and reaction developement. The program is free and voluntary.


CaCOON

 

This program is care coordination for children with special needs from birth to 21.  The CaCoon nurse may visit in the home or the school depending on the child's needs.


Child and Adolescent Health

 

This program includes well child check ups, immunizations, and primary care.


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

 

Services are provided through a contract between Wheeler County Court as the Health Authority and Grant County Environmental Health Specialist John Combs. John Combs, EHS, provides restaurant and kitchen inspections as well as investigations of food borne illness outbreaks should they occur. Public Health personnel in Asher Community Health Center (ACHC) are authorized to give the test and issue cards for FOOD HANDLERS. Self study is also available as an online course at www.servsafe.com/foodhandler which will issue a card when complete.


IMMUNIZATIONS

 

Wheeler County Public Health participates in the federally funded Vaccine for Children (VFC) program which offers free vaccinations for eligible children through 18 years of age. In partnership with ACHC we are able to offer vaccinations to eligible adults on a sliding fee scale.


FAMILY PLANNING

 

We offer pregnancy tests here and prenatal care by referral. We also have a variety of contraceptive methods with free or reduced costs for eligible women.


PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

 

Public Health staff members collaborated with Wheeler County Emergency Operations Manager to develop the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis upon which we based the written plans for mitigatingthe circumstances of a wide variety of possible hazards. This program is included in our contract with Oregon health Authority and we are required to perform exercises to test our readiness, equipment, and abilities to respond to emergencies.


TOBACCO EDUCATION and PREVENTION (TPEP)

 

This program is primarily focused on changing the social norm to exclude tobacco use. It has successfully banned smoking in work places through the Clean Indoor Air Act, freeing employees from the dangers of second hand smoke. In the event of a violation of the CLean Indoor Air Act complaints may be lodged by visiting the following link: http://oregon.gov/DHS/PH/smokefree/index.shtml