Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nurse

CRAHD has a Public Health Nurse who oversees Health Promotion and Disease Management in our district towns through a variety of programs designed to assist individuals and families concerning their health and the safety of our community.

The Public Health Nurse takes responsibility for:

  • assessment of the health of the community
  • ensuring necessary control measures are implemented to prevent and/or control the spread of disease in the community
  • shares responsibility with Connecticut DPH in the surveillance, investigation and control of disease outbreaks
  • conducts one to one interviews, coordinates with physicians and labs, in determining the source of disease
  • assists in the control of the spread of gastro enteric illnesses known to be caused by contaminated food, water and person-to-person contact with infected persons or animals

The Connecticut Department of Public Health publishes a list of reportable diseases each year.  These diseases are reported to the local health department by Physicians and laboratories.  Local Health Department intervention is confidential and may include an interview to determine risk factors, food consumption history, recent travel, etc.  

Tuberculosis (Tb) control

The CRAHD Public Health works collaboratively with the Connecticut TB Control Program to monitor, provide treatment, prevent emergence of drug resistant TB and reduce death, disability, and spread of illness caused by tuberculosis. We also provide education for our community to understand what TB is, how humans get the disease, how it presents, and how to prevent having active TB.  The public health nurse reviews the plan of care for a Tb case discharged from the hospital and arranges for observed therapy of medications based on physician orders.  


Annual Flu Vaccination Campaign

Every year, our public health nurse coordinates flu clinics that covers all schools, fire, police, and town employees within our district. Flu clinics are open to the public and are subject to vaccine availability and supply. CRAHD's flu clinics run from September to March every year.

Insurances accepted: Cigna, Anthem BC/BS, Connecticare, Medicare Part B, and Medicaid/HUSKY.

If you are not able to attend one of the public flu clinics, you can call our office at 860-661-3300 and book an appointment with Sherry or Chris, our office manager to get a flu shot.


Lead Poisoning Prevention

CRAHD Public Health Nurse and Chief Sanitarian work collaboratively with Connecticut DPH, Pediatricians and Families to determine the source of lead poisoning of a child, remove the source of lead in the child's environment, and educate the families on the prevention of lead poisoning and its importance.  Blood lead screening is required for children and elevated levels of blood lead must be reported to Local Health and DPH by Physicians and Laboratories for the appropriate follow up from CRAHD.

Connecticut River Area Health District

455 Boston Post Rd, Suite 7 
Old Saybrook, CT 06475