Where can you get a flu shot, see a Pediatrician when your child is sick and 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.
Prescott: Paul Nault, MD
Elaine Martin-Stomel, FNP Frank Colella, FNP
Prescott Valley: Paul Yoder, MD (Medical Director)
Anto Vukancic, FNP Rebecca Bushman, DO
Cottonwood: Laurel Mueller, DO, Harry Gale, DO Mary Sutter, MD
Prescott/Prescott Valley: David Green, MD
Prescott/Prescott Valley/Cottonwood: Jane Chapman, PA
Prescott/Prescott Valley: Josephine Kim, MD
Richard Zapfe, DDS (Prescott Valley) , Mark Emshwiller, DMD (Cottonwood), Theresa Bradshaw, RDH (Cottonwood/P.V.), Maritza Sanchez-Salazar, DDS (Cottonwood) Bryan Graziano, DDS (Cottonwood)
Kevin Goss, Program Coordinator, Tammy Mitchel - Care Coordinator, Lizeth Tamayo - Care Coordinator
AT YCCHS, preventative care as well as treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, dental services, reproductive care and Coordinated Care services provided through the Community Health Center.
Located in Cottonwood, Prescott Valley and Prescott, The Community Health Center takes most insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale for those without insurance. 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.
If you don't have insurance one of the YCCHS Certified Application Counselors can aid you through the online application process for free insurance through Medicaid or affordable coverage purchased through the Healthcare marketplace
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 behavioral health and dental care (dental clinic is in Prescott Valley and Cottonwood).
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 through 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 are available to children up to age 18 to prevent: mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rotavirus, polio, varicella (chickenpox) tetanus, meningitis and human papillomavirus (HPV).
All school and child-care required vaccinations can be obtained at the Community Health Center. Vaccines provided within the VFC Program are available for $20 per child (no matter how many shots are received) and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
The HPV vaccine is not required for school entry but YCCHS strongly recommends it for children and young adults, aged 11-26.
The HPV vaccine is the first vaccine developed to prevent conditions that can lead to cervical cancer.
Adults are encouraged to keep up with their immunizations as well. Similar to the VFC program YCCHS offers the Vaccinations for Adults (VFA) for those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover specific immunizations.
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. YCCHS will bill insurance for immunization services
Reproductive Health (Family Planning)
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. 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
The Well Woman Healthcheck Program (WWHC) provides free breast and cervical cancer screening including a mammogram, to low income, uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 40-64 or who are symptomatic.
The WWHC program is part of the National Breast and Cervical Early Detection program, administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
These services are provided at all three Yavapai County Community Health Services locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood.
For more information and to enroll in the screening program contact us at 634-6835 for the Verde Valley and for the Prescott/Prescott Valley area 442-5491.
Treatment costs for women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the 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
Public health and emergency preparedness planning
Public health nursing (maternal child health)
Disease Prevention Section
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
Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps - 634-6822
YCCHS coordinates and trains local members of a national disaster response volunteer organization. Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers prepare for emergencies and participate in County exercises that test community readiness. Some volunteers have medical training, but about half of the volunteers provide the non-medical skills and support services needed during local emergencies.
Community Health Education: 634-6858
YCCHS works in the community and the schools to provide educational programs that promote healthy lifestyles and increase levels of physical activity.
Residents who have decided to quit smoking or chewing tobacco can call the Arizona Smoker's Helpline at 1-800-556-6222 or ashline.org/help.
When you call the Arizona Smokers Helpline an expert coach will walk you through the quitting process. Go at your own pace using telephone or Web-bases quit services.
All helpline services are FREE and medication assistance is available. Coaching is available in English and Spanish.
In addition YCCHS health educators offer:
School-based education targeting 4th-12th grade student encouraging them to abstain from tobacco and drugs, healthy choices with nutrition and physical activity.
Provide physical activity and safe walking and bicycling classes in the classroom.
Provide safe dating and pregnancy prevention classes in the community and schools.
Provide free HIV Counseling and Testing at local events upon request.
Arizona Living Well Program: a Chronic Disease Self-Management series of classes for anyone dealing with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, the Healthy Living Workshop can help you take charge of your life.
You'll get the support you need! Please contact Virginia Rodriguez at 928-442-5480 for future workshops.
Environmental Health - 639-8138
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 are not breastfeeding and who have a baby less than six months of age and for children up to five years of age.
Women receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support when they visit Cottonwood and other WIC locations.
WIC also assists with referrals for community services that can improve family health. WIC clients have the opportunity to meet with a registered dietitian for more extensive nutrition counseling if they desire.
Families are eligible for WIC if they meet the income guidelines.
The Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program provides breastfeeding support and guidance to pregnant women and new mothers.
Another program, Food Plus, provides nutritious food monthly 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 Yavapai County. This program promotes fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Arizona.
Maternal Child Health Services - 634-6822
Home visitors help families better understand how to care for themselves and their children. Information and support about health, child development, nutrition, and more are provided to families with young children.
During home visits, children are monitored for health problems and developmental delays. 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 parenting women receive education in their homes about health and parenting issues such as breastfeeding and caring for their new babies and toddlers. Through the Nurse Family Partnership program, first time moms have their own Registered Nurse who will come to their home to teach them about having a healthy pregnancy, prepare them for labor and delivery, then provide ongoing education and support until their child turns 2.
Public Health Preparedness and Response - 634-6822
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.
Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps - 634-6822
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 928-442-5487.
Prescription Drug Discount Card
Yavapai County residents can save an average of 25 percent off the full retail cost of prescription medications that are not covered under a traditional insurance plan, as well as some diabetic supplies.
How? Present the Yavapai County Discount Card to participating pharmacies at time of purchase. There is no cost for a resident as well as no forms to fill out, no age or income requirements and no medical condition restrictions.
The Yavapai County Discount Cards are available through several public libraries and at about 42 participating pharmacies located in Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona.
You can obtain the card at the Cottonwood Community Health Center or visit http://www.yavapaihealth.com to print out a card, search by zip code for a list of participating pharmacies near you, and read FAQs about the program.
The Yavapai County Discount Card Program is available in partnership with the National Association of Counties. A nationwide network of more than 60,000 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. For supplies of the prescription discount cards, contact Yavapai County Health Services at (928) 442-5596.
Cottonwood Community Health Center Appointment Line for primary medical and dental services: 928-639-8132
Communicable Disease Prevention 928-634-6822
Community Health Education 928-634-6858
Environmental Health (Health Inspections) 639-8138
Nutrition Services (Food Plus, WIC) 639-8134
Public Health Preparedness and Response 634-6822
Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers 634-6822
Well Woman Healthcheck 639-8132
More information can be found at http://www.YavapaiHealth.com.