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Help for Those Who Help Keep You Healthy

Communicable Disease Program Manager Kayla Scrivner
by Kayla Scrivner08/07/2018 4:40 p.m.
Updated: 08/07/2018

The Health Department protects and improves the health of all people and places in Pierce County. This work includes many jobs. And one of our jobs is to support those who keep our communities healthy—doctors, nurses, emergency workers, schools. We keep your providers up-to-date on disease information and local health issues, so they can give you the best possible care.

One way we get information to providers is through our website. We’ve launched a new section just for them—www.tpchd.org/providers. It’s a one-stop shop for the expert information they need. Testing, treatment, infection control, reporting forms, hot topics in public health—all in one place, right at providers’ fingertips.

Easy access to timely information

We gave the Provider Resources section a complete refresh just like we did with the rest of our new website. The new, mobile-friendly design means providers can get what they need wherever they are. The built-in accessibility tools—like the magnify and translate features—help eliminate barriers to important health information. We also rewrote the content. The logical headings, intuitive buttons and scannable structure mean busy providers can quickly find and read what they need.

Imagine your toddler has a nagging cough. You take him to his pediatrician. The doctor may want to test for pertussis, also known as whooping cough—a potentially dangerous contagious disease. She can go to Provider Resources for the most up-to-date information to make sure she performs the correct test. If the result is positive, she can go to Provider Resources to learn how to report the disease to us.

Providers report diseases to us so we can track them. We monitor disease trends in our communities so together we can:

  • Limit the spread of disease.
  • Prevent outbreaks.
  • Boost community immunity.
  • Help people stay well and out of the hospital.

Public health consultants partner with providers to pave the way.

We offer providers in-person support, too. Our public health consultants visit providers and talk to them over the phone to connect them with the tools they need. We want to make sure they have access to the latest information and resources available to keep you healthy and safe.

The new Provider Resources section of our website helps us do our job and helps Pierce County providers do their job, so we can all be healthy people in healthy communities.

Communicable Disease Program Manager Kayla Scrivner

by Kayla Scrivner

Kayla helps coordinate our efforts with healthcare provider partners in our communities.