Community Nursing

Click to submit a referral onlineComprehensive Health Assessment Team - Homeless (CHAT-H)
(714) 834-8498
CHAT-H provides targeted nursing case management for Orange County residents who are in housing crisis.  Clients are seen in shelters, soup kitchens, motels, and on the streets.  The primary goal is to link clients to health insurance and a health care home. 

Medically High Risk Newborns (MHRN)
(714) 834-8207
Provides comprehensive nursing case management services to medically fragile infants until they are 36 months of age. The goals are to promote optimum growth and development; demonstrated parenting skills of caregivers with infants with special needs, and supportive family dynamics that promote attachment.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)®
(714) 834-8218
Orange County is an implementing site of the national Nurse-Family Partnership® program. The Nurse-Family Partnership® National Service office is located in Denver, Colorado. Nurse-Family Partnership® is an evidenced-based, nurse home visiting program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children.

Project Connections Family Resource Center (FRC) Health Access
(714) 834-8207
Provides consultation to Family Resources Center Health Access teams and home visitation to families referred to the FRC's. The Health Access goal is to reach medically and socially vulnerable children with accessible, culturally sensitive services that build on family strengths and improve overall health and well being of children served.

About Community Nursing

Public Health Community Nursing provides nursing services in the home and community with a focus on communicable disease investigation and maternal-child health for high risk adolescents, women and their children.

The Public Health Nursing Division of the Orange County Health Care Agency applies public health and nursing knowledge in the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and health services to individuals, families, and communities.

For more information or to make a referral please contact the office for your service area, or call (714) 834-7747. Click here for a list of service Areas. The Public Health Community Nursing Mission is to improve the health of our community by providing quality Public Health Community Nursing services. Services include:

Infant and Child Health:

  • Assessment, health teaching, referral and follow-up of:
  • Prematurity
  • Perinatal substance exposure
  • Developmental delays
  • Sick child
  • Congenital conditions


  • Developmental screening tests
  • Parent/child interaction assessments
  • Preparation for hospital discharge
  • Facilitation of family support system
  • Use of special equipment
  • Understanding of medical conditions
  • Follow-up of physician's recommendations
  • Promotion of healthy practices, including immunizations and well-child care
  • Infant/child stimulation for developmental progress
  • Nutrition
  • Signs and symptoms of illness and prevention of illnesses
  • Understanding of child's behavior/psychosocial problems
  • Safety promotion and injury prevention, including car seat safety

Communicable Disease Investigation:

  • Investigation of selected reportable communicable diseases and cases found in the community
  • Case management of persons who require laboratory testing in sensitive occupations/situation to prevent spread of the disease
  • Education regarding transmission and prevention of communicable diseases
  • Referral for follow-up as needed

Maternal Health:

  • Prenatal Education:
    • Fetal growth and development
    • Labor and delivery
    • Physiological changes
    • Early infant care
    • Health/nutrition/Family planning
    • Breastfeeding
  • Services after delivery:
    • Provide postpartum/newborn assessments
    • Teach infant care and feeding
    • Teach breastfeeding techniques
    • Teach birth control methods
    • Refer for medical follow-up as needed

Education/resources to pregnant and parenting teens

Education on maternal substance abuse

Grief and loss counseling and support for perinatal loss/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)