Another important role of your Community Health Nurse is to provide educational information on communicable disease control and immunization to individual clients, community leaders and other community health workers supporting the development of community-based education and awareness materials. Your CHN will provide educational items such as newsletters, brochures, one-on-one or group education sessions as well as a monthly educational topic to promote health and wellness within your community. CHNs are also available to support community events and activities promoting health and wellness, and provide prenatal and post-partum education sessions.
Collaborate with community members to foster involvement, address social economic factors influencing health (nutrition, hygiene, housing & work conditions) & provide targeted enhanced programming
Screen community members using an appropriate screening method (e.g. tuberculin skin testing, review of medical records), to identify people at high risk for tuberculosis, and implement appropriate follow-up and preventive actions
Liaise with appropriate provincial/territorial/regional public health authorities
Identify active TB cases in the communities in an organized and systematic manner and treat them through the use of directly observed therapy to ensure compliance with treatment regimens
Ensure all anti-TB medication is properly delivered to patients receiving treatment for active or latent disease in the communities
Screen all persons identified as contacts of an active TB client for the presence of active or latent disease and treat accordingly
Review effective strategies in preventing TB and create policies and procedures that meet community needs
Collect, analyze and disseminate TB information
Provide education and training to individuals such as health professionals, clients and community members to help control and prevent TB in the communities and to recognize the impact of nutrition and overcrowding housing on the incidence of TB
Conduct community-based research projects selected for their relevance to control and prevention of TB in the communities.