High Risk Child Program (NICP)

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Nursing: High Risk Child Program
Yuma County serves one of the largest populations of high risk children in the state. Examples of high risk children include: children born prematurely; children with birth defects; children born exposed to street drugs; children with chronic medical problems such as diabetes or cancer; children with developmental delays; children who are neglected and/or abused and those with other concerns as determined by their doctor and/or family. The earlier a high risk child is identified, the quicker needed services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, etc can be started. This allows the child to better reach his/her maximum potential.

Who is Eligible?
Any child from birth to 21 years of age who has special health problems, such as premature babies, babies with birth defects, or children with chronic medical problems or possible developmental delays.

What is Provided?
Home visits by a Public Health Nurse(PHN) trained to provide infant/child health examinations. During these visits, the PHN will assess your child for health and development, offer guidance and instruction about nutrition, parenting, immunizations and specific medical treatments ordered by the doctor. The Public Health Nurse will make referrals to community agencies and resources if specific problems are identified during a home examination. This service is provided at no charge. 

How do you arrange a home visit? 
Referrals are taken from many sources. You may call for your own infant/child or you may request a visit for a friend or relative. The Public Health Nurse will also accept referrals from doctors, hospitals, and other agencies.

Where do you call for this service?
Yuma County Public Health Services District
2200 W. 28th Street
Yuma, AZ 85364

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Legal Holidays

Contact Information
Phone: (928)- 317-4540

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