The Los Alamos Public Health Office Offers:
Sexually Transmitted Disease testing and treatment;
Immunizations for children younger than 18 years old;
Human immunodeficiency virus counseling and testing;
Breast and cervical cancer screenings;
Family Planning but services are limited in Los Alamos;
Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program but it is only staffed every second Thursday of the month; and
Children’s Medical Service Program (CMS) but it is by appointment only.
If the County Council chooses to contract with a Federally Qualified Health Center, it would provide the Public Health Office more hours of operation and more services.
According to Brogan’s presentation, the proposed hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. two days a week for students and 4 to 6:30 p.m. for the general public.
If approved, the Federally Qualified Health Center would begin operating in six months to a year.
Proposed services, Brogan reported, include:
- Family Planning;
- Primary medical care;
- All standard medical procedures;
- Annual or sports physicals;
- Well child;
- Behavioral health services;
- Diabetes prevention and control;
- Nutrition counseling;
- Weight management; and
- Asthma services.
Brogan further offered what the Department of Health’s supplemental services would be:
- Women, infant and children care;
- Child Medical Service Program; and
- others as appropriate.
Several County Councilors said they hoped contracting with a Federally Qualified Health Center could be done as soon as possible.
Councilor Pete Sheehey said this is a priority item and he felt it should be done as quickly as possible.
Councilor Susan O’Leary echoed Sheehey’s thoughts, saying she thought the issue could be put on the agenda for the next County Council meeting. She added she was frustrated with the state cutting its funding in this area. “It’s not OK; the state should be paying for this,” she said.
Councilor Antonio Maggiore also agreed. “This is a situation we have to get resolved. Any services are better than the absolute dirt we are currently facing,” he said.
Council Chair David Izraelevitz said the option to contract with the Federally Qualified Health Center really is the only option. “This is the highest priority,” he said.