Public Health Nurses complete epidemiological investigations on all reportable communicable diseases in an effort to control and prevent the spread of disease. Reporting communicable diseases to the Health Department is mandated by Indiana Code 410 IAC.
A list of reportable diseases (revised 12/2008) can be found at:
Reportable Disease List
Health Care Providers should print this form for reporting communicable diseases and fax completed form to our office at: 574-245-6581.
Confidential Report of Communicable Diseases
Lead Poisoning Prevention
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has determined that all children under the age of seven years who reside in St. Joseph County are at a high risk of lead poisoning. Public Health Nurses provide case management services to children (under the age of seven years) with elevated blood lead levels and their families. These case management services are implemented in an effort to reduce the effects of lead poisoning.
The Health Department provides certificates to any resident of St. Joseph County under the age of seven for a blood lead screening. These screenings are performed on site in the Immunization Clinics and at the South Bend Medical Foundation (SBMF) at no charge to the parent/guardian of the child.
Health Care Provider must report elevated lead levels to the Health Department by faxing a completed reporting form to 574-245-6581.
For more information about lead in the environment, click here.
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic
The STD Clinic is located at our South Bend office. The clinic is staffed by Nurses trained to test and treat for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Testing for HIV and Hepatitis B & C and limited STD - related vaccinations are available if eligible. The clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during normal business hours. Walk in day is Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:30pm, otherwise appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call 574-235-9781.
Health care providers are required to report STD cases to the local health department by faxing reports to 574-245-6581.
When reports of animal bites are received, Nursing Department Staff follow up to determine recommendations for rabies prophylaxis. Click here for more information about rabies. Animal bite reports should be faxed to 574-245-6581
Nursing Division staff participates in emergency preparedness drills and activities in conjunction with the Emergency Preparedness Division and community partners.