Physicians may request a Public Health Assessment and follow-up for pregnant women, mothers, and young children who are at risk. Public Health Nurses can also provide home visiting services.
Physicians can request a Public Health Assessment of a Follow-up visit from DBCH for pregnant women, mothers, and young children for the following:
|Risk Factors for Pregnant Women, Mothers, and Young Children|
|Young Mother||Developmental Delay||Pre-term Birth / Low Birth Weight|
|Lack of Support System||Special Needs Mother||Pre-Natal Exposure to Substances|
|Late or No Pre-Natal Care||Postpartum Depression||Poor Weight Gain|
|Obesity||History of Mental Health Disorder||Obesity|
|Nutrition Education||History of Substance Use||Nutrition Education|
|Need for Parenting Education||Child-Protective Involvement||Immunization Delays|
|Breast Feeding Education|
Home visiting services include:
The Department of Community & Family Services refers all foster care children under the age of 3 to Public Health Nursing for developmental assessment, ensuring the healthy development of foster care children and support foster care families.
Each newborn in New York State is tested for metabolic diseases, HIV infection, and has their hearing screened. NYSDOH and local hospitals refer those newborns that have positive or incomplete results and have not been able to be reached for follow-up to Public Health Nursing. The Public Health Nurses locate these families and arrange for re-testing and medical follow-up.