Emergency Response Public Health Nursing

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Emergency Response Public Health Nursing Program

The Emergency Response program is designed to provide public health nursing services to assist the Emergency Response Social Workers at the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Public Health Nurse collaborates with the Social Workers in assessment, prioritization, and coordination of the health care needs of children who may have suffered from medical neglect or abuse.

Emergency Response – Public Health Nursing Services
  • Assesses and evaluates health needs of children in the Emergency Response program.
  • Coordinates with social workers and other professionals in case managing a child’s health care.
  • Obtains, reviews, and interprets medical records.
  • Collaborates with primary care providers, specialist, and other agencies involved in the child’s case.
  • Links families to needed medical services.
  • Provides education to families and social workers.
  • Participates in team meetings and other community meetings as they relate to Emergency Response Families.

The Emergency Response Public Health Nurses, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services Social Workers, strive to:

Strengthen families
Protect vulnerable children and adults
Promote preventative health education and awareness, and
Empower families to advocate on their own behalf.

For more information about the Emergency Response Public Health Nursing program in Kern County, please contact:

The Health Unit
Department of Human Services
O.C. Sills Building, Room 220
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Telephone: (661) 631-6835
Fax: (661) 633-7046