Public Health Nurse
As Public Health Nursing evolves, the Board of Health Nursing Office is continually evaluating the programs offered to better serve the community of Burlington. Our services (interventions) will continue to be aimed at health promotion and disease prevention with the goal of improving and protecting the health of the Burlington community. Based on the assessed needs of the community our interventions will be population and individual focused, and will be specifically planned to produce desired outcomes to reflect the health needs and priorities of the Burlington community.
News/Health Topics from the Nurse's Office
|October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month|
|Burlington Food Pantry|
|This is a link to Community Health Centers and Family Planning Centers in Massachusetts|
|Dial 211 for Non-emergency Information - information about health and human services available in your community|
|MassHealth - To improve the health outcomes of our diverse members, their families and their communities, by providing access to integrated health care services that sustainably promote health, well-being, independence, and quality of life.|
|MASS in Motion - Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play. (link)|
|Healthy People 2020 (www.healthypeople.gov)|
|WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program)|
The following services are offered by our office:
WALK-IN BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING – The BOH Nurse and BVRC medical volunteer conduct blood pressure screenings at several locations during each month. Click here for List of Walk-in Blood Pressure Screening Dates.
- TB Screenings:
- Skin Test for TB - case contacts
- Skin Test for TB - routine testing (no charge) for Burlington residents (information link)
- Disease Prevention and Health Maintenance Programs
- Flu Vaccine (seasonal)
- Vaccine for Children Program
- For children and young adults (up to 18 years)
WE PROVIDE ALL VACCINES REQUIRED for school entry to non-insured children (age 18 and younger) of Burlington
- Hepatitis B
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella [German Measles])
- TDaP (for adolescents)
- Td (Tetanus)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
In addition to the above services, the nurse also does the following:
- Infectious Disease Surveillance
The Supervisory Nurse is responsible for conducting case investigations on communicable diseases. In Massachusetts, reporting of communicable and infectious diseases is required under MGL 105 CMR 300.000: Reportable Diseases, Surveillance, and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements. These regulations require that health care providers and laboratories report communicable diseases to the local Board of Health in which the patient is residing. There are approximately 80 reportable communicable diseases that are designated as dangerous to public health. If your laboratory results indicate that you have a communicable disease, such as salmonella or norovirus, the Supervisory Nurse will begin the investigation by contacting you to ask a series of questions that will be dependent upon what disease you have contracted. Your information remains confidential between the Board of Health and the MA Department of Public Health. The Supervisory Nurse collects information on the patient and potential contacts to prevent disease outbreaks and to provide vaccines and education, if needed.
- Emergency Preparedness
The Supervisory Nurse is involved in emergency preparedness planning through the planning and execution of emergency response drills. The Board of Health is responsible for maintaining and exercising an Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) Plan in the event that our residents would need medication or vaccinations from the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile. The yearly flu clinic serves as a full scale exercise (or emergency preparedness drill) for BOH staff and Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (BVRC) volunteers. The Supervisory Nurse is responsible for the planning and execution of the yearly full scale exercise and for updating emergency plans.
- National Health Observances and Healthy People 2020 information
- Tuberculosis referral and case management (Tuberculosis (active disease) and TBI (non-infectious disease exposure)