Our Community Health team leads the way in disease prevention with community outreach, education, collaboration, and health services in the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR). The overarching goal of Community Health is to have an educated community that is practicing preventative health behaviors.
Community Education & Outreach
The Community Health team has been providing outreach services on a mobile van for over 25 years. We have served thousands of clients and built a strong relationship within the GNPHR. Visit our website to learn about specific services provided by our Mobile Outreach Van, including our 2019 Van Outreach Schedule.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
The goal of the Community Health STD/HIV/HCV program is to prevent, treat, and/or control the spread of HIV, HCV, and STDs to protect the health of the community. We educate the community that if you are sexually active or planning to be, getting tested is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of you and your partner. The ONLY way to know for sure if you or someone else has an STD, HIV, or HCV is to get tested.
Valentine's Day STD Testing Event
The Community Health team provides an annual STD testing event every Valentine's Day. The services provided at this event are indicative of the services provided year long. The pie chart below shows the range of services provided, the percent of participants on that day that received the service, and then the percent of services provided. For example, 72% of participants in the 2nd annual valentine's day event received a rapid syphilis test, and 18% of the services provided during the event were rapid syphilis tests.
Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements in public health. Immunizations are made available to improve overall health and to prevent diseases for the individual, families, and the community.
The Community Health team's goal is to improve the health of the GNPHR by reducing or eliminating the transmission of vaccine preventable disease through education, awareness, and immunizations. We aim to have a community protected against all vaccine preventable diseases.
According to the CDC, the first and most important step in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.
The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
Hepatitis A & B
There has been a significant increase in the number of people in New Hampshire diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.
Lead Poisoning Prevention
The Greater Nashua Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a resource that provides support to the community by offering education, blood lead level testing, and case management.
The goal of this program is to raise awareness of
lead hazards and provide access to lead poisoning prevention resources.
We hope to eliminate childhood lead poisoning through partnerships,
community-based education, and advocacy.
Communicable Disease Investigation
The Communicable Disease program provides clinical preventive services such as screening tests, counseling interventions, immunizations, and prophylactic regimens for individuals of all ages and risk categories. The Community Health team follows up on all legally reportable communicable diseases.