Hamilton’s Health Division Protecting Public Health Through Community Programs and Clinics
Throughout the year, Hamilton’s
Health Division protects public health through a variety of programs and
clinics that benefit thousands of residents, including our community’s
“We want our community to know about the many important services and
efforts performed by our Health Division.
The clinics, programs and monitoring conducted by our Health Division make
a positive difference in the area of public health, particularly for our
children and those in vulnerable health categories,” explains
Mayor Kelly Yaede.
Residents can learn more by
Each year, Hamilton’s Health
Division works to help residents avoid the seasonal influenza virus and
pneumonia through its annual immunization clinics and community outreach. In
2018, the Health Division administered 3,033
flu shots at 53 different community
sites (clinics), which included clinics at age-restricted communities and
for school faculty and staff, as well as 233
pneumonia vaccinations (2 types) and 47
visits to homebound residents.
Hamilton’s Health Division conducts
annual immunization audits at every public, private, day care and pre-school
within our community in compliance with State of New Jersey mandates. The effort seeks to ensure that every student
possesses the proper/required vaccinations.
In 2018, Hamilton’s Division of Health audited 6,939 student records.
With a growing population of
recently immigrated students, who may either not possess vaccination records
and whose country of origin may have not the same vaccinations requirements,
this effort has become increasingly important in protecting the health of our
As an additional, proactive measure, Hamilton’s Health Division recently
held a presentation for Hamilton’s public school principals to help
ensure our community’s successful compliance to state vaccination requirements,
which ultimately benefits our school children.
In response to the national opioid
epidemic, Hamilton’s Division of Health has been at the forefront of local
efforts within our community.
The Health Division lead Hamilton’s Community Response
address heroin/opioid issues. The plan was built upon several community
partnerships, such as with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Robert Wood
Johnson University Hospital – Hamilton, The Overdose Prevention Agency
Corporation (TOPAC), the Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction and
Hamilton’s Public School District. The multi-faceted effort included:
- Hamilton’s ongoing
deployment of Naloxone (Narcan) through its Police Division
- Pursuing community-wide citizen
training efforts for Naloxone
- Presenting overdose
victims saved with Naloxone (Narcan) and their families with “save”
counseling strategies at RWJ Hamilton in coordination with the Mercer
County Prosecutor’s Office,
- Training on how to administer Naloxone for Hamilton's Division of Health Nurses, other Township officials including Mayor Yaede
- Supplementing prevention
efforts in Hamilton’s Public High Schools
As part of a collaborative effort with the Hamilton Public School
District, Hamilton’s Health Division spearheaded high school speakers to
supplement annual prevention efforts.
Former NFL football great (and
Trenton native) Vance Johnson has been one of the program’s most
notable speakers, offering a powerful message stemming from his own, past
substance abuse struggles.
Health Conferences (Clinics)
Hamilton’s Child Health Conferences
(Clinics) provide screenings and vaccinations to uninsured children or children
covered by the ‘Family Care Plan A’ program, from infancy to high school ages. Services provided at these clinics include:
physical examinations, tuberculosis (TB) testing, lead screenings and age
appropriate immunizations (as needed). In 2018, Hamilton’s Division of Health
held 82 Child Health Conferences (Clinics) that served 641 children, providing 1,585
vaccinations and 133 physical exams. The clinics take place every other Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to Noon and are staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and
qualified Public Health Nurses.
Transmitted Diseases & HIV Testing
Helping to prevent the spread of
sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, Hamilton’s weekly STD/HIV clinics (every Tuesday from 9 am to Noon, except holidays) helps to protect public health. In 2018, Hamilton held 48 clinics, serving 350
clients, administering 201 HIV tests
and 40 vaccinations.
Disease Monitoring and Direct Observation Therapy
Hamilton’s Health Division also
performs critical efforts that aim to prevent the spread of communicable and
highly contagious diseases, such as those that must be reported to state
officials with 24-48 hours. Efforts
include investigations, required contact to community members, administering
screenings and ensuring treatment compliance.
In 2018, Hamilton’s Health Division tracked
300 plus communicable disease cases, made 386 necessary direct observation therapy visits (treatment
compliance such as for cases involving tuberculous) and provided 218 screening tests.
Preparedness (for Public Health Issues)
In a public health crisis,
communities may need to provide mass quantities of medication to its
citizens. That is why Hamilton’s Health
Division conducts preparedness exercises, known as ‘Point of Distribution’
(P.O.D.) exercises. In 2018, the Health
Division conducted such a preparedness exercise along with community members
and students from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).