Nursing Services

Contact Information

Mary Younge, RN, CIC

Manager, Public Health Nursing Services

111 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY  14620
Phone:  585 753-5173
Fax:  585 753-5188


The Nursing Services Division protects and promotes the health of our community one individual and family at a time; through support, education, empowerment and direct nursing care services.

Programs include:

Immunization Program

Immunization Program
111 Westfall Road
Rochester, New York 14620
Phone: 585 753-5150
Fax: 585 753-5160

E-mail us questions at:; please do not use email to make appointments.

  • Tuesday, 9 am - Noon, 1-4 pm (by appointment; call 753-5150)
  • Wednesday, Noon - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, 9 am - Noon (by appointment; call 753-5150)

Please bring:

  • Identification
  • Insurance cards
  • Past Immunization Records
  • All letters received from school or work

The mission of the Immunization Program is to prevent vaccine preventable disease among Monroe County residents by immunizing adults and children and educating residents about the importance of vaccine preventable diseases.

Immunization Program Staff:

  • Immunize adults and children against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Haemophilus B influenza (Hib), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Meningococcal disease, and Pneumococcal disease.
  • Conduct community outreach clinics to immunize “at risk” populations against Hepatitis A and B.
  • Respond to disease outbreaks by conducting special immunization clinics, e.g. Meningitis, Hepatitis A.
  • Conduct annual “back-to-school” clinics for Rochester and Monroe County students.
  • Participate in the CDC Vaccines for Children Program.
  • Serve as an information source about immunization and immunization requirements to area schools, day care centers, private provider offices, and to the general public.
  • Conduct immunization audits in providers’ offices to determine immunization rates.
  • Provide feedback to providers about methods to increase immunization rates to meet Healthy People 2020 goals.
  • Partner with the Monroe County Medical Society and the New York State Department of Health to re-distribute available vaccine in times of shortage and delay.
  • Participate in regional immunization coalitions.
  • Coordinate the Perinatal Hepatitis B program to ensure adequate testing and treatment of babies born to mothers with Hepatitis B.
  • Collaborate with the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness in bioterrorism prevention planning.

NYS Immunization Requirements 2016-2017
NYS Health Department Immunization Web Site
CDC Vaccine and Immunization Web Site
NYS Health Department Flu Web Site
CDC Flu Web Site
Immunization Action Coalition

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Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program

The goal of the Tuberculosis Control Program is to decrease the incidence of TB in Monroe County through effective screening, health education, outreach to those at risk and appropriate treatment.

In addition to clinical consultation, the program provides the following services.

  • Referrals
  • Directly Observed Therapy
  • TB Exposure Control
  • Educational Presentations
  • Community Based Programs
  • Outreach Programs
  • Refugee Program

The Tuberculosis Clinic is located at 111 Westfall Road and is open as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed Noon -1:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, 8:30 am - Noon, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Appointments are required for most services. Call 585 753-5162 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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STD/HIV Disease Control Program

We improve the health of the community through the provision of biomedical and behavioral interventions, including provider training. Special emphasis is on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), including HIV, through community collaborations, particularly for underserved populations.

STD/HIV Control Program
111 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585 753-5391

STD Services

  • Sexually transmitted disease surveillance
  • Education and follow up for persons recently diagnosed with gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis
  • Confidential partner services for select diagnoses
  • Free and confidential testing and treatment for STD

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Partner Notification Assistance Program (PNAP)

The Partner Notification Assistance Program provides consultation to physicians and other health and human service professionals and assistance for patients.


For providers:

  • Discussion of partner notification options
  • Assisting a patient in developing a partner notification plan
  • Referral of patients for PNAP services
  • Outreach for patients who are lost to follow-up care

For patients:

  • Patient counseling and referral services
  • Notification of partners without revealing the patient’s name
  • Counseling on how to talk with partners about being exposed to HIV
  • Meeting with patient and partner to assist in the notification

In Monroe County, call 585 753-5391.

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Anonymous Testing for HIV

HIV is a virus that can cause AIDS. The HIV antibody test can tell if you have been infected by the virus.

The anonymous HIV counseling and testing program provides counseling to discuss your concerns about HIV infection and AIDS. Counselors can help you identify ways to reduce your risk.

Free anonymous HIV antibody testing with appropriate referrals is available through the New York State Health Department in Rochester. No names are used.

For more information:
Phone: 585 423-8081
Toll-Free: 1-800-962-5063
TDD: 585 423-8120

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Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic

Bullshead Plaza
855 West Main St.
Rochester, NY 14611
Phone: 585 753 5481

The STD Clinic staff is committed to providing high quality STD/HIV care to you in a non-judgmental and caring manner. We provide education about STDs and HIV and talk with you about ways to reduce risky sexual behavior and promote healthier choices. Many STDs and HIV are not curable, so prevention is the only “medicine.” Your health is our concern.

This is a public health clinic and your confidentiality is protected by public health laws. Everything you tell us is completely confidential.

All services are free and minors (under 18 years of age) do not need their parent’s consent to be seen.

No Appointment is needed. Walk in Hours:

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Note: STD services are also available between 5-630 p.m. every Wednesday at the Health Department Main Office located at 111 Westfall Road)
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. Specially trained nurses will visit in your home throughout your pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2-years old.

Any woman who is pregnant with her first child and meets income requirements can enroll.  Many working families qualify. Individuals who participate in other programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), may automatically be income-eligible.

Women are encouraged to enroll early in their pregnancy.  They must enroll before the 28th week of pregnancy in order to be eligible for the program. 

There is no charge for this program.

Nurses will visit every week for the first month after you enroll, and for six weeks after your baby’s birth. Otherwise, visits are scheduled every two weeks during business hours, but flexible and less frequent visits may be scheduled as needed.

The nurse will help you:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
  • Prepare for labor and delivery and find the things you need for your baby
  • Learn how to be a good parent
  • Learn how to encourage normal growth and development in your child
  • Build a strong network of support for you and your baby
  • Make your home a safe place to live and play
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services
  • Find ways to continue your education and to develop job skills
  • Set goals for your future and help you reach them

For more information, or to make a referral, call: (585) 753-BABY (753-2229).  You may also visit the national web site to learn more about the NFP program.

Nurse Family Partnership National Web Site


Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

The WIC Program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that serves pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of five. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of New York State and have a household income of less than 185% of the poverty level. For more information on income eligibility guidelines, please click here. Fill out this Pre-Screening Tool to see if you might qualify for WIC.

For Monroe County WIC site locations and hours click here.

(WIC) provides nutritious foods, including low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, peanut butter/beans, vegetables and fruits. WIC strongly promotes breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby. Breastfeeding support is available through our WIC Nutritionists and the Peer Counselor Program (753-5640). Formula is also available for infants who are either partially breastfed or fully formula fed. For more information on breastfeeding, please click here.

WIC has been shown to improve the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients that are often missing from the diets of women and young children. Pregnant women on WIC have longer healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
If you would like to apply for WIC, please call the Monroe County WIC Program at 753-4942. You can print the forms you will need by clicking on the links below. Forms can be submitted by FAX at 225-0047.

  • Medical referral form for women
  • Medical referral form for infants/children
  • If you are currently on WIC and need the authorization form for someone to pick up or cash your checks, click here
  • If you are currently on WIC and must request a medically prescribed WIC approved formula for your infant/child, click here to print the required form and have your doctor complete it.
  • To see what foods are allowable to purchase with your WIC checks, click here, then click on Resources and under WIC Pictorial Foods Guide, select the language you prefer.
  • For a list of stores that accept WIC, click here, scroll down for Monroe County stores.
  • If you are looking for a Health Care Provider, click here and select the type of provider needed.
  • If you want information on Chemical Dependency/Gambling Treatment programs, click here

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

Breastfeed your baby! You can do it and WIC can help! WIC Peer Counselors are moms, just like you. They can help you learn about breastfeeding your baby. They can also answer any breastfeeding questions that you have and are available to help over the phone or in person. WIC offers weekly  infant feeding classes for you and your family and each WIC site has a breastfeeding library containing books, videos and handouts for you to use. Did you know that you’ll get more WIC benefits if you breastfeed your baby? If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby (only breast milk, no formula), you will receive additional foods on your WIC checks, such as tuna fish and carrots, in addition to the basic WIC foods. WIC believes that Breastfeeding is Best Feeding!

Breast milk is:

  • perfect for your baby. It has over 200 nutrients and it changes as your baby grows.
  • easily available. There is no preparation, sterilization or refrigeration.
  • easily digested so your baby will have less gas, colic, diarrhea and spitting up.


  • can increase your baby’s IQ.
  • may reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • helps you bond with your baby.
  • reduces your chance of developing breast cancer.
  • saves you time and money.

Breastfed babies:

  • have fewer ear infections and less risk of childhood cancer.
  • are less likely to develop asthma, diabetes and allergies.

For more information on breastfeeding your baby or to be referred to a Peer Counselor, please call the WIC Breastfeeding Help Line at 753-5640. WIC also suggests that you visit the following web sites for the most up to date and informative breastfeeding information.

New York State Health Department Breastfeeding Web Site


Children With Special Health Care Needs

The Children With Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) is a statewide public health program that provides information and referral services for health and related areas for families of CSHCN.

Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) are:

  • Children birth to 21 years of age, and 
  • Children who have or are suspected of having a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition
  • Children who require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

The financial component of the CSHCN program is the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP). PHCP is a federal grant program under the Social Security Act established to aid states in the provision of medical services for the treatment and rehabilitation of physically handicapped children. The program assures that diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services are available to eligible children. Certain medical and financial criteria apply. The criteria are not the same in every county.

The Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP) serves:

  • Children birth to 21 years
  • Children with physical disabilities, chronic illnesses or potentially disabling conditions.

There are two parts to PHCP:

  1. Diagnosis and Evaluation
    Diagnosis and Evaluation (D & E) Services are available to all children who have suspected physically disabling conditions or chronic illnesses. To receive diagnostic services families do not have to satisfy county financial eligibility, but prior authorization must be received. Referrals for Diagnosis and Evaluation services can be made by physicians, nurses, medical providers, parents or the patients themselves. The referral should be made to the county PHCP where the child resides. A child cannot be denied an evaluation based on lack of insurance.
  2. Treatment
    The treatment component reimburses health care providers for services given to eligible children. Inpatient hospital care, physician office visits, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals are examples of items covered by the program. Medical conditions covered and financial eligibility are not the same in each county.
    All D & E and Treatment services provided under the PHCP program must have prior approval from the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Application for both of the components must be made to the county in which the child resides. Services are provided through approved specialty centers or physician specialists. Health insurance and Medicaid must be billed first. If the child has neither insurance nor Medicaid, then the authorized services are paid for by this program.

For more information call 585 753-5437.

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