Nursing Services Consultants - Special Health Care Needs
The Bureau of Family Health funds a Family Health Nursing Services Consultant specializing in Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) in each of the six Department of Health's Community Health Districts. This licensed nurse is responsible for the coordination of Special Health Care Needs program services, public health education, and outreach activities within the district.
Nursing Consultants identify and investigate health problems within the community and work towards solutions. They inform and educate communities about various public health issues and present health education programs to individuals, families, and groups in the clinic, home, or community setting. The Consultants also provide consultation to staff, health professionals, and community partners on public health issues and topics related to special needs.
In addition, the Consultants act as a resource to the community. Working with and within communities, the Consultants help identify needs and develop and improve services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. They link individuals to needed services through initiatives like the Special Kids Network helpline and coordinate follow-up referrals for services. Consultants are also involved in various organizations that address issues of children with special health care needs such as Local Transition Coordinating Councils.
The Nursing Consultants often represent the Department of Health on district and local committees and support the development of public health initiatives related to special needs. They participate in coalition and task force development within the community and assure that for children with special health care needs and their families are included in all community programs.