The addition of Nurse Practitioners to local health departments has provided a much-needed resource to aid in preventing and controlling chronic diseases that affect the entire community.
Our Nurse Practitioners provide chronic disease management, pharmacologic treatment, and extensive patient education to those with limited access to care. Nurse Practitioners also offer a variety of other healthcare services, such as:
- Screenings and physicals
- Diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, skin conditions and injuries
- Prescribing medications
- Administration and interpretation of diagnostic and laboratory studies
We look forward to serving each individual and county in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle for all.
Diabetes and Hypertension
Diabetes and hypertension are two of the major chronic conditions that District 4 is targeting to improve throughout several counties.
Hypertension: (High blood pressure)
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems.
Diabetes: (Type 2- Non-insulin dependent)
Type 2 diabetes is high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently.
Our Family Nurse Practitioners identify and manage Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardio metabolic syndrome among underserved or high-risk populations. They provide services such as:
- Patient management, monitoring and education for persons with the diagnosis of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.
- Physical exam
- Laboratory testing