Public health nurses (PHN) provide services throughout Shelby County to appraise, protect and promote good health and the well being of our residents. This is accomplished through direct health care services, population based screenings, education, outreach and health promotion activities.
BCMH (Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps)
BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.
Communicable Disease Control
An essential public health service, communicable disease control personnel will report, investigate and work to prevent spread of infectious diseases in Shelby County. Shelby County health care providers must report all positive reportable diseases to the Health Department. An epidemiologist is on contract to perform early surveillance,provide statistical reports, and assist in disease investigations.
The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department provides car seat safety checks. This is done by appointment, by a car seat technician, who provides car seat safety checks for parents. The Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program, administered by the health department, provides car seat education and a car seat for those who are eligible.
The nursing and environmental health staff provide health promotion activities at health fairs for schools or businesses. Dermascans, Blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol screening are available at a nominal fee. Please fill out the Health Fair Request Form and mail to:
Sidney-Shelby County Health Department
202 West Poplar Street
Sidney OH 45365 OR e-mail the form to email@example.com
The Nursing staff also have bike helmets available for a nominal fee (see fee schedule). The helmets are fitted, along with education on proper use. See our Bike Helmet Information Sheet
Help Me Grow Home Visiting
Help Me Grow's Home Visiting Program provides first time expectant or new parent(s) with health and child development information. The goal of this program is to give expectant parents the information and support they need to be prepared for the birth of their child and provide ongoing support for families to understand and maximize this period of development to age 3.
The health department provides routine children and adult vaccinations to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. A series of vaccines is usually required. This helps to build the immunity to the disease for which the vaccine is given.
All vaccine services are by appointment only (Monday through Friday) from 8:30-11:00 AM and from 12:30-2:30 PM.
Newborn Home Visit
A Public Health Nurse with newborn and breastfeeding expertise will make a home visit within two weeks of the birth of the infant –the visit is voluntary. At the visit, the mother, the infant, and the sleep environment are assessed and the mother provided with newborn and breastfeeding education. Questions the mother may have are answered, referral to other recommended programs or agencies are made.
Public Health Nurses provide students with mandated vision and scoliosis screenings. Sidney City and County schools provide the student’s green health record with the school nurse completing and updating the record, and assist in kindergarten registration and assessment activities. Several schools contract for specific clinic hours staffed by the PHN. Health education in the classroom is completed by the PHN with topic such as puberty/body changes, communicable diseases, and health related topics. Health Fairs for the staff is available upon request.