Where can you get a flu shot, see a doctor when your child is sick or get an affordable reproductive health exam? At the same place that inspects restaurants for safe food practices, traps mosquitoes to test for West Nile virus and makes home visits to see newborn babies with medical problems.
Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) does all that and more. YCCHS works with other emergency response agencies to respond to disease outbreaks, wildland fires or floods that could affect people living in the Verde Valley and across the county. YCCHS delivers monthly food boxes to supplement the nutritional needs of people age 60 or older, as well as young families. They work in the community and visit school classrooms to teach children how to make healthy eating choices and be physically active.
As Yavapai County’s public health agency, YCCHS actively promotes health and prevents disease by delivering a wide range of quality healthcare services and programs, such as those outlined below.
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood
Leon Cattolico, D.O.
Jill Elsdon, PA-C, NP
Teressa Lang PA-C
AT YCCHS, acute and chronic medical services are provided through the Community Health Center of Yavapai. Located in Cottonwood, Prescott Valley and Prescott, these health centers are supported by state and federal dollars, so they can provide care to Yavapai County residents without health insurance as well as to people with health insurance. Doctors at these federally qualified health centers see families or individuals who have not been able to find a medical home elsewhere, even though they may have Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, or AHCCCS insurance.
YCCHS charges uninsured patients according to their household income, based on a sliding fee scale. To be eligible for the sliding fee scale, patients provide proof that they live in Arizona (driver’s license, utility bill or rent receipt) and proof of income (paycheck stub, income receipt or tax form).
The fee for the medical visit also includes limited laboratory tests and X-rays. A limited number of prescription medications are available at local pharmacies for a $10 co-pay. Once a patient has made the Community Health Center their “medical home” they are eligible to be referred to mental health and dental care (dental clinic is in Prescott Valley).
Certain services, such as childhood immunizations, adult immunizations, immunizations for foreign travel, HIV or tuberculosis (TB) testing, are available to everyone.
Childhood, Adult and Foreign Travel
Immunizations are the best way to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults. Immunizations for children and adults are available Monday – Friday by appointment at the Cottonwood location.
In Arizona, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program works with YCCHS to immunize children based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines for children up to age 18 are available to prevent: mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, varicella (chickenpox) tetanus, meningitis and human papillovavirus (HPV).
For babies under one year of age, there is a vaccine against rotavirus. Vaccines provided within the VFC Program are available for $15 per shot and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Two vaccines recently released for adults are the shingles (herpes zoster) and the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is the first vaccine developed to prevent conditions that can lead to cervical cancer.
YCCHS can provide immunizations for foreign travel as well as protect against seasonal flu or pneumonia. Immunizations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumonia, seasonal flu, typhoid and yellow fever are available for a fee and are covered by some insurance policies.
Women in their childbearing years can receive services to improve female reproductive health and reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy. These services are available to any woman and access is not limited to those who receive other medical services at the Community Health Center.
The services include annual exams such as manual breast exams and pap smears. A variety of contraceptive methods are available. For low-income patients, there is little or no cost. However, donations are appreciated.
Reproductive health services are available in Cottonwood, Prescott Valley and Prescott health center locations.
Well Woman Healthcheck
Program — 639-8132
This statewide program offers free annual exams and additional diagnostic services to screen women, ages 40-64, for cervical and breast cancer. YCCHS provides this program to income-eligible women in Yavapai County who do not have health insurance or who have a policy that does not pay for mammograms and Pap tests on an annual basis. These services are available at the Cottonwood, Prescott Valley and Prescott health center locations.
Costs for treatment of breast or cervical cancers which are diagnosed through this Well Woman Healthcheck program are generally covered through a special provision of Arizona’s Medicaid program.
Public Health Services
The Public Health division of YCCHS protects and enhances community health in a number of ways:
• Communicable disease prevention activities that monitor disease outbreaks and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
• Community health education,
• Environmental health,
• Nutrition services,
• Public health and emergency preparedness planning, and
• Public health nursing (maternal child health)
Disease Prevention Section— 639-8100 ext. 3134
The Disease Prevention Section coordinates disease prevention and control programs in Yavapai County. Activities include:
• Monitoring and tracking the cases of reportable diseases and conditions
• Investigating and containing disease outbreaks
• Investigating animal bites and exposures to prevent transmission of diseases to humans, such as rabies, Lyme disease and the West Nile virus
• Vaccinating children and adults, including flu and international travel
• Screening, evaluating, and treating patients with tuberculosis
• In Home Programs
• Programs for Older Adults
• Methods Program for HIV positive individuals
Education — 649-5063
YCCHS works in the community and the schools to provide educational campaigns that promote healthy lifestyles and increased levels of physical activity, but discourage tobacco use. Residents who have decided to quit smoking or quit chewing tobacco can find regularly offered free community classes, nicotine replacement benefits and other resources through YCCHS.
They also work to assist businesses and assure compliance with the ‘Smoke Free Arizona’ law.
In addition, YCCHS health educators:
• Offer tobacco education and prevention classes in the classroom,
• Offer physical activity and safe walking and bicycling classes in the classroom,
• Offer worksite wellness programs,
• Offer free HIV Counseling and Testing at local events and upon request,
• Offer safe dating and pregnancy prevention classes in the community and schools,
• Coordinate for groups of 10 or more people to take the Arizona Take Charge Challenge each September. All ages can sign up for this 12-week physical activity program designed to increase individual activity levels.
These programs are all free to the participants.
The Environmental Health Unit protects public health by inspecting places such as schools, food stores, restaurants, swimming pools and motels. Throughout the year, they perform inspections on over 600 public places in the Verde Valley. By educating food workers about proper food handling and safe work environments, the Registered Sanitarians provide health code guidance for new, existing and remodeled food establishments.
During warm weather months, Environmental Health staff set traps to monitor mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus. They also work with private property owners to resolve standing water and mosquito breeding problems.
Nutrition Services — 639-8134
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who have a baby less than six months of age and for children up to five years of age. Such women and children are eligible for WIC services if they meet the income guidelines and have a nutritional risk.
Women receive nutrition education and breastfeeding advice when they visit Cottonwood, Camp Verde and other WIC locations. WIC referrals for community services can improve family health. Some WIC clients meet with a nutritionist for more extensive counseling.
The Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program educates pregnant women and new mothers about the shared health benefits of breastfeeding babies for the first year of life.
Another program, Food Plus, provides monthly food supplements to seniors age 60 and older. Eligibility is based on household income. WIC and Food Plus clients also receive checks to use at the Farmer’s Markets in Cottonwood and Camp Verde. This program promotes fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Arizona.
Public Health Nursing (Maternal Child Health) — 649-5128
Public health nurses help families better understand how to care for and offer support if their child:
• Has spent time in a newborn intensive care unit, or
• Has a medical condition, or
• Is at risk for health problems or developmental delays, or
• Has sustained a traumatic brain injury with or without hospitalization
Public health nurses, together with Health Start workers, help pregnant and parenting women lead healthier lives by guiding them to find health care and social services. Through Health Start, low-income pregnant and lactating women receive education in their homes about health and parenting issues such as breastfeeding and caring for their new babies and toddlers.
Nurse-Family Partnership — 649-5128
Low-income women who are pregnant for the first time can get parenting tips and better prepare themselves for the challenges and rewards of motherhood by participating in the Nurse-Family partnership program. This program is available to eligible Yavapai County residents.
Public health nurses provide guidance and support through home visits with women on a regular basis during the pregnancy and for two years after the child is born.
Public Health Preparedness and Response — 639-8100 ext. 3123
Working with state and local partners in emergency response, YCCHS is involved in planning, training and exercises to improve disease outbreak surveillance, communications and public health response to local emergencies or disasters.
Medical Reserve Corps
— 639-8100 ext. 5487
YCCHS coordinates and trains local members of a national disaster response volunteer organization. Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers personally prepare for emergencies and participate in County exercises that test community readiness. Some volunteers have medical training, but about half of the volunteers plan to provide the non-medical skills and support services needed during local emergencies. To become a Verde Valley MRC volunteer, call 928-639-8100 ext. 5487.
Prescription Drug Discount Card for Uninsured
Yavapai County residents can save an average of 20 percent off prescription medications anytime insurance does not cover their prescriptions. How? Present the Yavapai County Discount Card to participating pharmacies at time of purchase. The cardholder must be a Yavapai County resident.
The Yavapai County Discount Cards are available through several public libraries and at about 25 participating pharmacies located in Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona. Get a card at the Cottonwood Community Health Center or visit www.co.yavapai.az.us for more details.
The Yavapai County Discount Card Program is available in partnership with the National Association of Counties. A nationwide network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies will also honor the card. The card is not insurance, but helps residents get the best price available on prescriptions not covered by insurance.
Caremark Rx, a pharmaceutical services company, administers the program and can answer cardholder questions on their toll-free line, 1-877-321-2652.
• Cottonwood Community Health Center Appointment Line 639-8132
• Communicable Disease Prevention 639-8100 ext. 3134
• Community Health Education 649-5063
• Environmental Health (Health Inspections) 639-8138
• Nutrition Services (Food Plus, WIC) 639-8134
• Public Health Preparedness and Response 639-8100 ext. 3123
• Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers 639-8100 ext. 5487
• Well Woman Healthcheck 639-8132
• Note: 639-8100 is the County Switchboard, enabling Verde Valley residents to make a local call to reach YCCHS staff located in Prescott or Prescott Valley.
• YCCHS offers information under the “Health Services” link at http://www.co.yavapai.az.us.