The following activities and services are provided by the Nursing Division of Wyandot County Public Health. For more information on some of the programs, click on their headlines.
Back to Sleep Campaign
The Back to Sleep campaign began in 1994 as a way to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The campaign was named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep. Placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk for SIDS, also known as “crib death.” This campaign has been successful in promoting infant back sleeping and other risk-reduction strategies to parents, family members, child care providers, health professionals, and all other caregivers of infants. For more information on this program, click here.
Cribs for Kids
Wyandot County Public Health is affiliated with the Cribs for Kids® program, providing no cost Graco Pack’n Play and Safe Sleep kits to income eligible families who do not have a safe sleep environment for a child less than 1 year of age. Funding for this program has been made available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Program.
All infants need a safe sleep environment. Following the ABC’s of sleep, baby sleeps safest Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib, reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Additional safe sleep recommendations include: Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces. Never let baby sleep with another person. Avoid overdressing or over-bundling the baby. Dress the baby in a sleep sack and do not use a blanket. Do not use pillows, bumpers or toys in the infants’ bed. A baby should sleep in a smoke-free home. Breastfeeding is recommended to help reduce the risk of SIDS; consider using a pacifier at naptime and bedtime. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development. Family members, child care providers, friends need to follow these same guidelines.
Program requirements include: Family must be WIC income eligible; parent or caregiver does not have a safe place for their infant to sleep; if pregnant, must be at least 32 weeks gestation; infant must be younger than 1 year of age; willingness for parent to attend a safe sleep educational presentation. Priority will be given to Wyandot County residents. For further information, contact a Wyandot County Public Health Nurse at 419-294-3852.
Wyandot County Public Health offers lead testing to children age 9 months through age 6 years by appointment. Education regarding lead poisoning prevention is a vital component of our lead prevention program. Follow up is provided for those children who have an elevated lead level.
CMH was developed to link families of children with special health care needs to a network of child-centered providers and also to assist families in obtaining payment for the medical services their children need. Children ages 0-21 who are permanent residents of Ohio may be eligible for CMH services. Local Public Health Nurses may be contacted for more information.
Head Lice Eradication
Public health nurses provide education to the child and parent/s regarding eradication and prevention of head lice. Nurses will instruct the parent on methods to remove head lice and nits in order for the child to return to school. Appointments are highly encouraged and donations are accepted.
Tuberculosis Testing & Follow-Up
Wyandot County Public Health is designated by the County Commissioners as the Tuberculosis Control Unit for Wyandot County. The health department provides TB testing for clients as a requirement for their employment, school, or by request. Education and follow-up are provided by the public health nurses for individuals who have a significant (positive) skin test. Assistance is available for the payment for chest x-rays, lab tests, and medication for those in need. There is a charge for this test.
Wyandot County Public Health’s role in communicable diseases is to report, control, and prevent the spread of disease through education, screening, surveillance, treatment, and follow up of disease cases that affect Wyandot County residents. Communicable diseases are reported to the Ohio Department of Health through the use of the Ohio Disease Reporting System, a computer web based program. Public health nurses from Wyandot County contact residents with communicable diseases to ensure proper treatment and follow-up.
Click here to download the latest report on communicable diseases in Wyandot County.
Ohio Reportable Infectious Diseases, click here to download the latest report.
The Teen/Family Clinic is available the the first and third Thursday of each month. This clinic provides individuals with a thorough history and physical as required for sports, employment, and school.
Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 419-294-3852.
Wyandot County Public Health continues to build on the Family Planning Clinic that was started in October, 2005. Services include: a physical, PAP, pelvic exam, STD testing and treatment, HIV counseling and testing, birth control options such as; oral contraceptives, injections, IUD’s and implants, along with education, on-site Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) insertion, and education.
Wyandot County Public Health will do pregnancy testing by request of the client. An appointment is recommended, but not required. The cost for this test is based on the individual’s income using a sliding fee scale. If the client has Medicaid, a copy of current Medicaid card must be presented.
HIV Counseling & Testing
Wyandot County Public Health is a HIV Counseling and Testing Site as established by ODH. Public health nurses have received the specialized training by ODH to provide this service that includes testing, education, follow up, and referral. HIV counseling and testing is typically completed through the Family Planning Clinic with clinic costs based on income using a sliding fee scale. There is a flat fee if done outside of the Family Planning clinic. Appointments are required.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
The BCCP program is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health and is managed by the Mansfield/Richland Health Department. Women who meet the age and income requirements may obtain a pap test and/or mammogram at no charge. This program is available during the Teen and Family Clinic. For further information, call 419-294-3852.
Wyandot County Public Health offers immunization clinics in Upper Sandusky and Carey. Please contact the health department at 419-294-3852 during regular hours of operation to schedule an appointment. Our agency’s goal is to have 90% of all children “up to date” with their immunizations by the age of 24 months.
Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program
The Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program provides first time expectant or new parents the information and support they need to be prepared for the birth of their child. It provides ongoing education and support for families to maximize their child’s health and development up to the age of 3 years old. Trained home visitors work with the families to best support their child’s development. They strive to help the families be happy, healthy, and successful.
Wyandot County Newborn Home Visiting Program
A newborn home visit is made by a registered nurse who will educate parents concerning issues related to their newborn. The goal is to increase their knowledge about caring for an infant, promote healthy family behaviors and provide referrals to community services. Any Wyandot County resident who is a first time parent; a parent with a household income below the 200% federal poverty level – regardless of number of children; a teen mom – regardless of income; and any family or baby with an identified medical, social, or mental health concern is eligible to receive services through the Wyandot County Newborn Home Visiting Program.
Tobacco Prevention Education
Wyandot County Public Health received grant funding beginning in 2009 through levy funds from The Mental Health & Recovery Board to continue implementation of Lifeskills for elementary students by trained public health nurses. This eight-week course is given annually to students in grades 3-4-5 at East, South, Union, St. Peter’s, Mohawk, and Our Lady of Consolation schools; 6th grade at Union and St. Peter’s, along with booster sessions in the 8th grade at Union.
The LifeSkills curriculum is an evidence-based program of what causes substance abuse in children and teens. Classes include educating students on the negative effects of tobacco products, awareness of tricky advertising techniques, along with general life skills such as self-esteem, assertiveness, stress, peer pressure, and effective communication skills.
Outreach and Education
Wyandot County Public Health staff members are very involved in the community by participating in health fairs and collaborating with other agencies and organizations in the area. A nurse from the health department regularly attends meetings of the County Collaborative Group, Community Council, Family and Children First Council, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties, Youth Commission, Wyandot County Birth Defects, Wyandot County Health Alliance, and the Service Coordination Committee. Please feel free to contact the Nursing Division of Wyandot County Public Health for educational presentations about their programs.
Sight For Students
The Vision Service Plan from Prevent Blindness Ohio offers a free eye exam and glasses to qualifying school-aged children who do not receive Medicaid and who are not on some other form of vision insurance plan. Applications are available at the Wyandot County Public Health, or children can be referred to the program through their school’s health nurse. More information about this program can be found at www.preventblindness.org/ohio.
Wyandot County Public Health currently holds the contract for nursing services for the Carey and Upper Sandusky public school systems, Our Lady of Consolation Parochial School in Carey, St. Peter’s Parochial School in Upper Sandusky, and Angeline School of Opportunity in Upper Sandusky.
Car Seat Program
Wyandot County Public Health provides car seats to income eligible Wyandot County families through affiliation with Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program. These seats are provided though grant funds from the Ohio Department of Health. Several types of car seats are available for a small fee. Parents must attend a short training session presented by a public health nurse. Appointments are required for this service and can be scheduled by calling 419-294-3852, ext. 210.