Wheeler County Public Health Department
712 Jay Street, P.O. Box 307, Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-2725 ~ Fax: (541) 833-6415
Hearing Impaired Line 1-800-735-2900
Hi, I'm Sharen, and I have two medical roles currently.
I'm an on-call RN for Home Health, and I am also a Public Health Nurse for Wheeler County—Covid 19 Response (and I am also currently
training in other areas of Public Health)
I have been a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse since 1987, and have over 20 yrs experience in a variety of settings. I have experience with patients recovering from strokes, brain injuries, broken bones,
cancer, and other diseases.
In 2019, I moved to Fossil with my family from Whidbey Island WA.
My family (husband Tim, daughter Helen, 2 border collie dogs and 2 cats) all look forward to exploring Oregon! I enjoy gardening and yard work, being outside in the sunshine, and playing cards. And I am excited to be part of the Fossil community and the team at Asher (ACHC).
Wheeler County Public Health is on the front lines providing public education, support and safety with regards to communicable disease, including the current pandemic known as Covid-19.
To promote and protect the health of people in Wheeler County through education, empowerment, prevention, and the
availability of compassionate care.
There are many programs administered through
Wheeler County Public Health, such as:
See additional details below.
This is a public health nurse home-visiting program for newborns and their families. The program is free and voluntary. A Registered Nurse will visit the home with gifts for the baby and may weigh and measure the baby to track development. There are other approved measurements which may be used to detect any need for early intervention. For example, sight, hearing, and reaction development. The RN is also available to answer questions and assist with nutrition.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH
This program includes well child check ups, immunizations, and primary care.
Services are provided through a contract between Wheeler County Court as the Health Authority and Grant County Environmental Health Specialist John Combs. John Combs, EHS, provides restaurant and kitchen inspections as well as investigations of food borne illness outbreaks should they occur. Public Health personnel in Asher Community Health Center (ACHC) are authorized to give the test and issue cards for FOOD HANDLERS. Self study is also available as an online course at www.servsafe.com/foodhandler which will issue a card when complete.
Wheeler County Public Health participates in the federally funded Vaccine for Children (VFC) program which offers free vaccinations for eligible children through 18 years of age. We keep a full stock of vaccine in the Fossil clinic. When appointments are scheduled for vaccinations in either Spray or Mitchell, the needed vaccines are packed up in a portable refrigerator and carried to the site. In partnership with ACHC, we are able to offer vaccinations to eligible adults on a sliding fee scale.
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Public Health staff members collaborated with Wheeler County Emergency Operations Manager to develop the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis upon which we based the written plans for mitigating the circumstances of a wide variety of possible hazards. This program is included in our contract with Oregon health Authority and we are required to perform exercises to test our readiness, equipment, and abilities to respond to emergencies.
TOBACCO EDUCATION and PREVENTION (TPEP)
This program is primarily focused on changing the social norm to exclude tobacco use. It has successfully banned smoking in work places through the Clean Indoor Air Act, freeing employees from the dangers of second hand smoke. In the event of a violation of the Clean Indoor Air Act complaints may be lodged by visiting the following link: