2011: Yavapai County Community Health Services
Where can you get a flu shot, see a doctor 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 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.
639-8132 (Appointments/Information); Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood
Robert Elk, M.D., M.M.M.
Mary Sutter, M.D. - Family Practice
Sara LeStourgeon, M.D. - Family Practice
Yamini Goswami, D.O. - Family Practice
Sean Murray, FNP - Family Practice
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 and Cottonwood).
Certain services, such as childhood immunizations, adult immunizations, immunizations for foreign travel, HIV or tuberculosis (TB) testing, are available to everyone.
Immunizations: 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 child 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: 634-6835
The Well Woman Healthcheck Program provides free breast and cervical cancer screening including a mammogram, to low income, uninsured or under-insured women between the ages of 40-64 or 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 three Yavapai County Community Health Services clinics, located 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,
• 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
Yavapai County 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 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: 928-634-6858
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:
• 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.
• Coordinate for groups 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 free to participants.
• 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.
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.
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.
Maternal Child Health Services — 634-6851
Home visitors help families better understand how to care for themselves and their children. Information and support about health, development, nutrition, etc. are provided. 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 lactating women receive education in their homes about health and parenting issues such as breastfeeding and caring for their new babies and toddlers.
Child Care Health Consultation – 634 – 6851
Registered Nurses work with child care providers in their homes or centers to improve the health and safety of the children in their care. Training is provided to staff and parents by the nurses.
Public Health Preparedness and Response — 634-6895
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 — 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 24 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 Dis-count 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 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: 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