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Helping Clackamas families grow and thrive

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The Public Health Division's Public Health Nurses work to create self-sufficient and healthy families in Clackamas County. For healthcare providers to refer a client to any of the services described below, please complete the referral form and follow instructions by clicking here

Maternity Case Management

The goal of the Maternity Case Management (MCM) program is to lower risks for mothers and their babies, and make sure expecting moms get good prenatal care from a health care provider such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or midwife.  In the MCM program, Public Health Nurses conduct visits with their client, usually in the client's home, after the baby is born. Trained nurses visit the home and determine safety, nutrition status, emotional needs, and relationship support needs.  They then provide education, counseling, and referral as needed. MCM nurses help new mothers set goals for making healthy lifestyle choices and fostering personal growth.

There are eight focus areas for MCM nurses:

  1. Education about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposure
  2. Helping with dental health issues
  3. Working with new moms to educate and promote breastfeeding
  4. Helping moms with their mental health needs after the baby is born
  5. Working with new moms on premature babies and pre-term births risks
  6. Helping to prevent maternal/fetal HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Hepatitis B transmission
  7. Education and support for good nutrition, healthy weight, and physical activity
  8. Working with new moms to prevent domestic abuse

Babies First!

A program where nurses visit homes for families with babies and young children up to age 5. The goal of Babies First! is to help families make sure that their babies are healthy as they grow and learn.

Nurses visit you and your baby at home and can:

  • Weigh your baby
  • Help with breastfeeding
  • Check to make sure your child is learning and growing, as they should
  • Help you keep your child’s teeth and smile healthy
  • Offer information about what to expect as your child grows and develops
  • Help you build a happy, loving, and fun relationship between you and your child
  • Answer questions about keeping yourself and your child healthy and help you know when to see the doctor
  • Help you recognize what your child is telling you before he/she can talk
  • Help you make your home safe for your child
  • Work with you to solve problems that affect your family’s health
  • Help you get health care and/or apply for the Oregon Health Plan
  • Refer you to other services you might need

CaCoon Program

The CaCoon program is a service for families with children from birth to age 21 who have (or are at risk of having) a chronic health condition or disability. CaCoon care coordination services are offered by public health nurses who are specially trained to care for children and youth with special needs.

  • Your Public Health Nurse will work in collaboration with you and your child’s doctor. The nurse can:
  • Help you find information about your child’s condition.
  • Screen your child for any concerns regarding development, nutrition, hearing, vision or other health issues.
  • Partner with you to advocate for your child and family.
  • Refer you to partner and family support organizations.
  • Refer you to local resources for early intervention – physical, occupational and special and preschool.
  • Work with any other service providers to address your concerns.

Eligibility is not tied to family income or insurance status. There is no cost to families for CaCoon services.

To find out more about any of the services offered by our Public Health Nurses, please call (503) 742-5370.

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