Community Health Services

Overview

Our goal is to connect vulnerable populations to a source of health care.     equality-rainbow-40x40.png

Community Health Services is dedicated to an assurance public health role. We strive to identify and address the health needs of the poor and uninsured by providing the highest quality medical and nursing services. We accomplish this through our collaborative relationships with clients and our many community partners.     

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  • Due to community health concerns, we are temporarily suspending our walk-in options.
  • Clinic times will be available by appointment only.
      

Contact Us:  Telephone:  402-441-8065  ~ Fax: 402-441-3891  ~ TTYNE Relay 7-1-1  ~  Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F  ~  bafuh@lincoln.ne.gov 

 


 

Appointments 

Hours:  Calls are taken Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone:  402-441-8065
Fees:  There is no charge for this service.


Community Health Services provides a telephone service offering information and referrals on health related topics and concerns. Individuals may call to speak with a nurse regarding health issues/concerns/services including referrals to medical homes. Calls are triaged by a Public Health Nurse and appropriate referrals are made to community resources.

 To find local AIDS testing sites, family planning, housing, mental health services, health centers and substance abuse centers go to HIV.gov

You may also try the GetTested application offered by the CDC to locate testing sites for HIV, STDs and Hepatitis as well as vaccines.


Fees


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Medical Homes for the Uninsured 

Adult Health Services

Office Hours  By appointment only
Location 3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Tel  402-441-8065
Suggested Fees Depends on the service requested. Refer to our Fees Page for further information.
Please call for more information about services, fees, or to make an appointment.

 

Adult Health Services include the provision of needed vaccines, laboratory tests, and nursing services to assist adults in college, trade school, or job entry. When necessary, staff will help you find the appropriate medical resources.

Requirements

  • Patients must be at least 19 years of age and younger than 65 years of age.
  • Patients must be uninsured or underinsured.
  • Bring records of previous vaccines
  • Bring the required physical form for your school or job.

Vaccine Services Available

Shots or a series of shots to help build immunity to viruses listed.

  • Pneumonia
  • Td (Tetanus)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A

Laboratory Services Available

Lab tests to check if you have had a certain infection in the past.

  • Hepatitis B Exposure Status
  • Hepatitis C Exposure Status
  • Hepatitis B Immune Status
  • Herpes Simplex I & II
  • Measles Immune Status
  • MMR Immunity Panel
  • Mumps Immune Status
  • RPR titer (for Syphilis)
  • Rubella Immune Status
  • TB Interferon (for international students)
  • Varicella Immune Status

 

Nursing Services Available

  • TB (tuberculosis) test: Test to check if you have been exposed to TB in the past.
  • Urinalysis (tests the urine for protein, sugar, ketones & blood)
  • Urine pregnancy test
  • Blood pressure screening

Resources

Every Woman Matters

Office Hours          Wednesdays by appointment only
 Location  3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
 Tel  402-441-8065
 Please call for more information or to make an appointment.

 

What Is Every Woman Matters?

ewm-logo.jpg Every Woman Matters is a program that can help you pay for your annual health check-up. The program is for women between the ages of 40 and 64 who meet income eligibility guidelines.

For more information on this program, you can call the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8065, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Every Woman Matters Program site.

Purpose
Assist women to receive appropriate health examination. These exams include:

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Education regarding monthly breast self exam
  • Pap test and pelvic exam
  • Mammogram
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Blood glucose screening
  • Cholesterol screening

Eligibility

  • Women between 40-64 years of age
  • Low to medium income
  • Have no private insurance, no Medicaid or Medicare coverage

Hepatitis C

Overview

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a blood borne virus which infects the liver. The most common way to become infected with hepatitis C is by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment to inject drugs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are nearly 2.4 million Americans living with hepatitis C. Most people who have the infection do not realize it. Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, yellow skin and eyes, dark urine and paleness of the stools. It could take decades for people with long-term illness to develop symptoms. Chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver disease, liver failure and liver cancer.

As of today, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. An individual with hepatitis C is at increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and B. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B and are safe and effective.

Get tested for hepatitis C to find out if you are one of the millions of people living with the disease. If you have hepatitis C, treatment may be available. New and improved treatments have led to a cure of hepatitis C in many people.

Hours:

Walk in:

Tuesday, 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.

By appointment only:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

 Fees: Free for those who qualify. Rapid test with results available the same day. Or $30.00 with results within one week. 
 Please call 402-441-8065 for more information.

 

Check out this video on hepatitis c.

Additional Resources

Healthy Families America Home Visitation Services

Office Hours     By appointment only
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location  Home visitation services are provided in your home or at another location in the community.
Tel  402-441-8065 or 402-441-4103 (please leave a message)
 Fees There is no charge for this service.
 Please call for more information or to make an appointment.

 

LOCAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS

Since 2008, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and CEDARS Youth Services have partnered together to offer a nationally recognized, evidence-based model of home visitation to families living in Lancaster County. The program is accredited by Healthy Families America.

Home visiting has been shown to be effective in helping families:                                                                        hfa-logo.jpg    CedarsLogo.jpg

  • improve health status
  • learn about pregnancy, infant care, and postpartum care
  • achieve economic self-sufficiency
  • learn the benefits of breastfeeding
  • improve positive parenting
  • understand developmental stages of children
  • reduce child maltreatment
  • achieve goals such as child spacing, education and employment
  • establish links to community resources

What is Healthy Families America?

Healthy Families America brochure(PDF, 221KB)  

Healthy Families America (HFA) is an evidence-based, nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood experiences. It is the primary home visiting model designed to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services are offered voluntarily, intensively and until the child is 3 years of age.

What is home visiting?

Home visiting is a service provided within the home by highly trained and qualified professionals, including public health nurses and outreach workers. Home visiting programs provide parents with support to enhance the child-parent relationship. With these enhanced skills, parents can create environments that positively impact their child's social and emotional development.

What kind of family does Healthy Families America serve? Am I eligible?

We offer voluntary home visiting services to Lincoln and Lancaster County parents facing multiple challenges (e.g., elements that would add stressors to any home: single parent status, low income, substance abuse problems, victim of abuse or domestic violence, etc.) so that they have the support they need.

Referrals are taken prenatally or until the child is 3 months old.

How do families enroll in Healthy Families America?

An assessment process starts once a referral is received. A Family Assessment Worker will contact you to schedule an interview to identify family strengths and needs. This interview will help determine if you are eligible for on-going home visitation services or offer referrals to other supportive services.

Who provides program services to families?

Staffing is a critical component of the Healthy Families America program. We place a high priority on recruiting highly qualified staff, including public health nurses and outreach workers, who not only have direct service experience, but who have strong interpersonal and communication skills and experience working with culturally diverse families in our community.

What happens after I fill out a referral form?

Home visitation services are offered to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Services are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (until the child is at least 3 years old). Home visits decrease in frequency over time.

Referral Form(PDF, 132KB)

Where can I get more information?

Call 402-441-8065 for additional information or call 402-441-4103 to leave your contact information and staff will return your call.

How much does it cost?

Services are provided at no charge.

 

Presumptive Eligibility Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Office Hours      By appointment only
Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Location 3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Tel 402-441-8065 
Fees There is no charge for this service.
What to Bring     Print a Medicaid application, fill it out, and bring to your appointment.
 Please call for more information and appointments.

 

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Quick Link

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Regular prenatal care is proven to reduce many health risks to both mother and child. Early detection and management of potentially high-risk pregancies can also make a significant impact on reducing the overall cost of delivering health care to those in need.

What is Presumptive Eligibility?

Presumptive Eligibility (PE) is for low-income pregnant women. It is a program designed to provide immediate, temporary coverage of ambulatory prenatal care services to pregnant women while their eligibility for full Medicaid benefits is determined.

What are Ambulatory Prenatal Care Services?

Ambulatory prenatal care includes all Medicaid-covered services except inpatient hospital care and services associated with the delivery of the baby. You must follow through with the process to determine if you are eligible for full Medicaid benefits.

Who is Eligible?

PE may be granted to a woman if she meets the following criteria:

  • is pregnant
  • is a Nebraska resident
  • meets income guidelines
  • has not been previously granted PE for the current pregnancy

What if I Don't Have a Medical Provider?

When you come in to complete the application for PE, we will help you find a prenatal medical provider. If you have not made an appointment, we will help you make one.

When Does My Presumptive Eligibility Medicaid Start?

Your coverage will begin on the day that you complete your PE application. However, you must follow through with the process to determine if you are eligible for full Medicaid benefits.

What Happens After I Complete the Application?

We will mail your application for full Medicaid benefits to DHHS within the next 1-2 days. You will be contacted by DHHS within the next 2-4 weeks about your application. DHHS may contact you by letter or they may call you to schedule an appointment to review your application. If you do not hear from them in 3-4 weeks, you need to contact them to check on the status of your application. Call DHHS at 402-323-7455.

Remember, approval for PE is not the same as being approved for Medicaid. Your PE coverage is only temporary while your eligibility for full Medicaid benefits is determined.

It is very important that you respond promptly to all requests for information from the state regarding your Medicaid application. The costs of your continuing prenatal care, as well as labor and delivery costs, will only be covered if you are approved for full Medicaid benefits.

Where Can I Get PE?

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is an approved qualified provider of PE. Call 402-441-8065 for income guidelines and an appointment.

For Clinicians & Case Workers

Community Health Services welcomes you to our provider page! We hope to provide local clinicians & case workers with training, research, & patient teaching resources in the topic areas of connecting patients to medical homes & health insurance & effective communicable disease control through immunizations & sexually transmitted disease testing & treatment.

Reducing Syphilis Rates: A Healthcare Provider's Role

HPV Vaccine

  • HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention! (CDC, 2016)
  • HPV infection is dangerous – Over 26,000 men & women in the U.S. get cancer caused by HPV every year.
  • HPV vaccine is effective – Clinical trials showed the vaccines provided close to 100% protection against precancers.
  • HPV vaccine is safe – Since 2006, 57 million doses of HPV vaccine have been distributed in the U.S., and in multiple & ongoing studies, no serious safety concerns have been identified.
  • Vaccines only work if they’re given before exposure – We do not wait until a child is at risk to give any recommended vaccine. HPV vaccine is recommended for boys & girls ages 11 or 12 before they are exposed to the virus & because it produces a better immune response at that age.
  • 3 shots are recommended for the best possible protection from cancer caused by HPV infection.
  • CDC’s “You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” for clinicians:
  • CDC’s “Tips and Time Savers for Talking with Parents about HPV”


Sexually Transmitted Infections

2015 Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines, CDC - Health care clinicians play a critical role in preventing and treating STIs. These guidelines are intended to assist with that effort. Although the guidelines emphasize treatment, prevention strategies & diagnostic recommendations also are discussed.

Download an app of the guidelines, an easy-to-use reference that combines information from the STD Treatment Guidelines as well as MMWR updates, & features a streamlined interface so clinicians can access diagnostic & treatment information.

 
Connecting Patients To Health Insurance

A training was held on October 3, 2017 with an objective to increase the knowledge of local case workers regarding health benefits for low-income, uninsured people living in Lancaster County. There were six types of health benefit programs presented. If you work with clients with limited income who do not have health insurance, please consider learning more about possible options by watching these videos.

FOR YOUR CLIENTS: How To Access the Health Insurance Marketplace

FOR YOUR CLIENTS: Local Resources for the Health Insurance Marketplace

Refugee Health Clinic

 Office Hours  By appointment only
 Location  3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
 Tel  402-441-8065 
 Suggested Fees          There is no charge for this service through the eligibility period.
Please call for more information or to make an appointment.

The Refugee Health Clinic provides health assessments and/or immunizations to refugees who have resettled in Lincoln Nebraska. Refugees who seek services within the first 3 months of arrival receive:

  • Health exams
  • Laboratory screening
  • Immunizations

The eligibility period ends 13 months after entering the United States.

Refugees who seek services after 90 days of arrival receive immunizations only. The eligibility period ends after 8 months of entering the United States. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department serves people of all ages who are eligible for this program.

Requirements

  • Patients must present a federal I-94 form for services
  • Bring records of previous vaccines

Partner Agencies

Resources

For more information on immigration, please visit the US Citizenship & Immigration Services website.

Sexual Health Clinic

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3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
402-441-8065 (Talk to a Nurse)

 


Sexual Health Clinic

Complete laboratory testing for:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea (includes oral and rectal testing)
  • Chlamydia (includes oral and rectal testing)
  • HIV* (rapid)
  • HPV wart diagnosis and treatment
  • Trichomoniasis* (females, males reporting contact)
  • Yeast*
  • Bacterial vaginosis*
  • Herpes blood test (additional fee)

*Same day results available.

Everyone is examined by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Hours:
Due to community health concerns, we are temporarily suspending our walk-in options.
Clinic times will be available by appointment only.

Please call 402-441-8065 to schedule an appointment.
Fees
  • $68.00 Sexual Health Clinic (complete testing)
  • $50.00 Herpes Simplex Virus I & II Testing
  • $40.00 follow-up Wart Treatment (return within 30 days of initial visit)
  • Refer to our Fees Page for additional information.

Please call 402-441-8065 for more information.


Check out this video on the risks and realities behind sexually transmitted diseases. Brought to you by Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department & 10 Health TV!

 

Express STD Clinic

  • Urine collected for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea laboratory testing ONLY.
  • Must not have urinated at least one hour prior to collection.
  • No examination.
  • Does NOT include oral/rectal testing nor HIV.
Hours:
Due to community health concerns, we are temporarily suspending our walk-in options.
Clinic times will be available by appointment only.
Please call 402-441-8065 to schedule an appointment.

Fee: $23.00 Express Clinic

Please call 402-441-8065 for more information.

HIV Clinic

Hours:
Due to community health concerns, we are temporarily suspending our walk-in options.
Clinic times will be available by appointment only.
Please call 402-441-8065 to schedule an appointment.

Fee: $11.00 HIV Testing

Please call 402-441-8065 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will anyone be able to see my information?

No. All client information is kept strictly confidential.

What should I expect during my clinic visit and examination?

The clinic visit will include a visual examination for lesions associated with Syphilis, Herpes and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) warts. A pelvic examination will be performed on all females. Males will be asked for a urine sample (must not have urinated at least one hour prior to collection). Labs will include a blood draw.

You will be instructed on how to receive test results. If indicated, certain treatments may be provided during the STD Clinic visit at no additional cost. Written prescriptions must be purchased at your local pharmacy.

Staff will provide health education, counseling and referrals.

What if my test result is positive after using the Express STD Clinic?

We recommend visiting our next STD Clinic for treatment, health education, counseling, and referral. Testing for other STDs is highly recommended as you can have more than one infection at the same time. Additional fees will apply. STD Clinic hours are listed above.

What if my test result is negative after using the Express STD Clinic but I am still having symptoms?

Express STD Clinic only tests for 2 STDs: Chlamydia & Gonorrhea. You may have other STDs. We recommend visiting our next STD Clinic for other testing, treatment, health education, counseling, and referral. Additional fees will apply. STD Clinic hours are listed above.

What about my partner?

It is very important that all sexual partners are tested and treated, not only for their health, but to stop the spread of infection. We encourage you to talk to your partner about visiting our STD Clinic, visiting their own doctor, or calling our clinic to talk to a nurse at the number listed above.

When can I begin having sex after visiting the Sexual Health Clinic?

You should not have any sexual contact until lab results have been finalized, treatments for you and your partner(s) have been completed, and symptoms have resolved.

Did you know…

  • STDs can be prevented.
  • Up to 50% of men, and 75% of women do not experience symptoms of Chlamydia.
  • Having unprotected oral, anal/rectal, and vaginal sex can put you at risk for STDs.
  • Birth control pills and other forms of birth control do not prevent STDs.
  • When used correctly, condoms can greatly reduce your risk of STDs.

What Did You Know About Your Partner’s Sexual Health Status Prior to Having Unprotected Sex?
Get tested - you and your partner!


National STD Hotline: 1-800-227-8922

Vaccine Clinic

Office Hours By appointment only
Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thurs, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 Location  3131 O St, 1st Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
 Tel  402-441-8065
 Suggested Fees    
  • $19.80 for a single vaccine (administration fee)
  • $10.50 for each additional vaccine (administration fee)
  • $5.00 for each additional copy of a vaccine record
  • $19.80 for an adult flu shot
  • See our Fees Page for additional information
 Please call for questions, vaccine records, costs, and appointments.

 

Pre-Visit Vaccination Forms

Save time waiting in the clinic! Print, fill out and bring completed forms with you to your appointment. Each person needs a screening form to match the vaccine they will receive. If a child is receiving vaccines without a parent or legal guardian present, please print, fill out & bring a consent form as well. You may fax completed forms to 402-441-8646 before your visit.

AUTHORIZED CONSENT FORMS

IMMUNIZATION SCREENING QUESTIONS

Requirements for Childhood Vaccines

  • Children through 18 years of age and one of the following:
    • Uninsured, Underinsured, Medicaid Covered
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • Bring records of previous vaccines

Requirements for Adult Flu Vaccines

  • Low income, uninsured, underinsured adults
  • No adult will be denied service due to the inability to pay

Resources