Job Opening - Public Health Nurse

Job Opening For a Public Health Nurse

Highland County Health Department

The Highland County Health Department is now looking for an energized and compassionate RN to become a part of our team.  When you join the Highland County Health Department, you have the unique opportunity to join a small team that makes a huge impact in the lives of people in our community.  


Starting Salary Range (based on experience and education): $20.00 to $23.00 / hour

Other Benefits: PERS Retirement, sick leave, vacation leave, competitive health/vision/dental packages, and paid holidays 

Required Travel: Primarily in county

Employment Type: Full time, 38 hours a week


Position Description:  This position is responsible for patient care, blood draws, immunizations, health education and health outreach, and many other nursing services.  This position would also function as the communicable disease investigation team lead.


Minimum Qualifications:

Must hold an active RN license in the state of Ohio

Must have a valid drivers license/insurance

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills

Must be reliable and capable of working independently 

Must have current CPR certification


Preferred Qualifications (in addition to above):

Basic knowledge of Public Health

Basic knowledge of communicable diseases

Experienced in community health/infection control

Experienced in health education

Experience and knowledge of childhood and adult immunization recommendations/requirements

Experience in phlebotomy


Apply to: 

Bonnie Rusch, Highland County Health Department, 1487 North High St., Suite 400, Hillsboro, OH 45133


Deadline for Applications:  Earliest consideration before July 5, 2019, position will remain open until filled.



Highland County Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Back to School Event

The Highland County Health Department is partnering with Job and Family Services (JFS) to hold a back to school event for Highland County residents.  Any child ages 3-18 who lives in Highland County and is attending school in 2018-2019 may be eligible for a $150.00 voucher to Walmart.  This funding is available through a JFS grant.  

The event takes place on July 30 and 31, 1pm to 6pm, each day, at the Southern State Patriot Center.  

Financial eligibility applies, and applicants must pre-register before the event.  See the attached application form for complete rules and requirements.  

Hepatitis A Information - Highland County Health Department

Hepatitis A Virus - Information Release from the Highland County Health Department




The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of Hepatitis A after seeing a large increase in cases related to several risk factors.  In Ohio, 79 cases of this outbreak have been reported so far in 2018, which is almost double the number of Ohio cases in all of 2017.  Several neighboring states are also seeing significant increases in Hepatitis A.  


Highland County has not seen any increases in Hepatitis A cases associated with this current statewide outbreak.  We have seen some regional increases in Hepatitis A cases, and we are close to several other rural counties that have been impacted.  The information included in this packet provides an overview of the Hepatitis A virus, its risk factors, who is at risk for significant health impact if they get sick, and how someone can protect themselves.  Our hope is that providing this information now will better prepare our community in the event that we are affected by this statewide community outbreak.


Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, light-colored stools and jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin). People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. 


This disease is preventable with a vaccine. The Highland County Health Department provides Hepatitis A vaccine, as do many local pharmacies. If someone is uninsured or underinsured, the health department can offer a discounted vaccine through a state program. 


With questions about this outbreak, the vaccine, or other related issues, please call the Highland County Health Department Nursing Division at (937) 393-1941.  






Jared Warner, MEM, RS

Health Commissioner

Highland County Health Department


Hep A ODH Release

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Hep A Infographic

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