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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Public Health Nursing Services

Public Health Nurses serve the county in many ways.

Services are directed towards individuals and their families, groups and the community with special attention to the most at risk populations for health disparities.

Public Health Nurses provide:

  • Comprehensive case management for perinatal, pediatric and adult clients
  • Investigation and treatment of communicable disease
  • Promotion of self-efficacy
  • First response in disasters

Prevent. Promote. Protect.

PHNs improve the health and well-being of the community by focusing on many of the important health indicators:

  • Access to health services
  • Preventative services
  • Environmental quality
  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Maternal, infant and child health
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition, physical activity and obesity
  • Oral health
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Social determinants
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco use

Public Health Nurses work closely with other members of the health team in community based organizations, the faith community and neighborhood organizations.

Public Health Nurses work to improve the general health of the community through an integrated approach that considers ways to improve the physical, emotional and socio-economic well-being for all.

Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a bachelor’s degree and a California Public Health Nurse certificate. A Public Health Nurse looks at the health needs of the community as well as the health needs of the individual.

The PHN seeks to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death. The PHN strives to improve the quality of neighborhood life by working in partnership with the community residents to create the conditions that ensure healthy lives.

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