Our statewide core services are to:
- Provide population-based public health nursing services to Alaskans and Alaska communities via a network of public health centers and offices in 22 communities and scheduled itinerant nurse visits to approximately 280 additional small communities and villages. Additionally the section provides support and oversight for public health nursing services provided by the Municipality of Anchorage, the Maniilaq Association (serving the Kotzebue region), and the North Slope Borough (serving the Barrow region) as a component of public health nursing grants to these organizations,
- Immunize children and adults against vaccine preventable diseases and collaborate with other health care providers and community partners to improve vaccination rates.
- Prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections by educating on prevention measures, screening for disease, treating disease, and disease contact investigation.
- Link people to needed personal health and social services and provide selected individual preventive health care services that would otherwise be unavailable due to access-to-care difficulties.
- Inform, educate and work with individuals and community groups to tackle significant public health issues such as obesity and domestic/interpersonal violence.
- Prevent injury and chronic disease by educating on risk factors and actively promoting healthy behaviors and communities conducive to improving health.
- Prepare for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. Coordinate and participate in local community preparedness planning, training, and exercises focusing on the public health response to human health hazards associated with natural disasters and with new and emerging disease threats such as SARS and pandemic flu.