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Community Health Services

Community Health Services

Public Health Services in Illinois & Indiana

Community Health Services is a preventative health outreach program of Good Samaritan that offers individuals free screenings and low cost walk-in visits. This department works with the community to provide health-related education, promote healthy lifestyles, and encourage the use of appropriate health care services in order to prevent chronic diseases. Listed below are just a few of the services offered by Community Health:

Stroke Prevention Services

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Free Blood Pressure / Heart Rate / Oxygen Level screenings
  • PAD Screenings (Measures the Ankle Brachial Index for Peripheral Artery Disease)
  • Lipid Profile Lab Screenings (Measures your total cholesterol including triglyceride, HDL, LDL)

Stroke Prevention Education

  • Community Health nurses offer one-on-one education sessions with the participant regarding the risk factors and prevention of a stroke.
  • Good Samaritan hosts an “Annual Stroke Screening” event

Heart Health Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Free Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Lipid Profile Screenings

Heart Health Education and Events

  • Community Health nurses provide one-on-one education with the participant regarding the risk factors associated with Heart Disease.

Diabetes Prevention Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Blood Glucose Screenings

Diabetes Prevention Education and Events

  • Community Health nurses provide one-on-one education with the participant regarding the risk factors and prevention of diabetes. This includes a Diabetes Initiative Assessment which the participant completes in order to discover his or her risk of developing the disease.

Cancer Prevention Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Free Take Home Colorectal Screening Kits
  • PSA Blood Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)

Cancer Prevention Education and Events

  • Colon Cancer Education
  • Prostate Cancer Education
  • Lung Cancer and Smokeless Tobacco Education (Education based on the American Cancer Society’s most current guidelines)

Obesity Prevention Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Free Body Fat Composition Screenings
  • Free BMI (Body Mass Index)

Obesity Prevention Education and Events

  • Community Health nurses provide one-on-one education with the participant regarding the risk factors and prevention of obesity.

Kidney Health Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • GFR/Creatine Blood Test

Kidney Health Education and Events

  • Community Health nurses provide one-on-one education with the participant regarding the risk factors and prevention of poor kidney health.

Hyperlipidemia Health Screenings

Community Health nurses provide the following screenings and education to individuals within the community.

  • Lipid Profile Blood Screening

Hyperlipidemia Health Education and Events

  • Community Health nurses provide one-on-one education with the participant regarding the risk factors and prevention of poor cholesterol.

School Programs

Community Health nurses take the following programs into the schools.

  • Fit Kids is a program designed to teach third, fifth and seventh grade students the importance of eating, playing, and staying healthy. The program’s overall goal is to combat childhood obesity.
  • Germbusters is a program designed to teach first-grade students the importance of hand washing in the prevention of infection and spreading of germs.
  • Fatal Vision is a program designed to educate high school students on the effects of alcohol abuse and drinking and driving.

Vaccinations

  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus-Diptheria
  • Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis

Classes

  • Health care Provider CPR
  • Heartsaver CPR
  • Family and Friends CPR
  • Heartsaver First-Aid
  • Heartsaver CPR with First-Aid
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

Health Screening Events

  • Good Samaritan hosts both a men and women’s health event, “Men’s Tune Up” and Women’s Wellness Expo,” at which they can receive free health screenings and education related to heart disease, diabetes, kidney function and cancer prevention.
  • Good Samaritan hosts an “Annual Stroke Screening” event held in the Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan. At this event, participants complete a Health Risk Assessment which is a personal health history assessment along with a Carotid Artery Evaluation in which nurses listen to the carotid artery with a stethoscope. Individuals also have the opportunity to learn about stroke prevention.

By offering thousands of free screenings each year to people within the community, Community Health nurses bring the power of prevention and early detection to residents. It is our goal to help empower individuals to plan a more active role in his or her health.

Please call 812-886-8753 for more information.

Community Health Needs Assessment