Health in the Heartland
(Hayti, MO) — Heart to Heart International invites the public to attend the kick off of “Health in the Heartland, a new initiative to promote health and improve health access in rural communities.
The launch will start off with a series of dental and medical clinics beginning with a Dental Health Day at on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at Lighthouse Church in Dexter, Missouri. This event will be followed by a week of Hometown Health Days in nine communities: East Prairie, Wyatt, Charleston, Lilbourn, Morehouse, Holcomb, Senath, Wardell and Hayti from September 16-24th. This effort mobilizes local and out-off-state volunteer doctors, medical providers and community service agencies to work together to operate medical clinics in these nine locations in Mississippi, New Madrid, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.
Patients of any age who are uninsured or unable to meet their current premiums and high deductible will have the opportunity to see one of our doctors for a medical check-up. During the clinic, attendees will have the opportunity to receive valuable information from community service providers, screening for health insurance eligibility and other referral resources. These services are free of charge.
The providers will conduct general physical exams and treat or begin appropriate treatment of conditions identified during the physical. No controlled medications will be prescribed. Standard laboratory evaluation for blood sugar and cholesterol profile will be performed, and patients will be referred to a local provider for continued care where appropriate. Individuals who do not have a regular physician will be referred to a local clinic.
There will be two clinic sites in Pemiscot County: Wardell Baptist Church on Friday, September 23 from 9 AM – 5 PM and Hayti Town Square on Saturday, September 24 from 11 AM – 5 PM. In addition to primary care providers, there will be an orthopedic specialist at the Wardell location who will treat relating patients with to musculoskeletal problems including aches and pains in the neck, shoulder, hands, knees, hips, back and feet etc. Patients can also receive injections for knee arthritis, shoulder bursitis, tennis elbow, trigger point injections and other conditions.
Patients will mainly be accepted by appointment. Walk-in patients who did not make an appointment may be seen on a first come, first served basis but a spot is not guaranteed. To make an appointment for Hayti or Wardell, call DAEOC at 573-359-1030
The launch will culminate with Community Health Day celebration on September 24th in the Hayti Square. Peter Lyskowski, Director for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will deliver the keynote address. There will be food, entertainment, activities for children and great prizes.
Heart to Heart International (HHI), believes in creating Access to Healthcare, helping People in Crisis and working with partners on Improving Communities.
In July 2015, Heart to Heart International (HHI) launched its Rural Health initiative, starting in the Bootheel of Missouri, with a mission to improve health access in rural communities through comprehensive collective action. HHI began the process by listening and relationship building, and have conducted over 100 listening sessions with both formal and informal community leaders across the region to better understand existing assets, needs gaps and opportunities for meaningful, impactful intervention.
To strengthen the system in which health is delivered by engaging the community in a strategic process to identify and prioritize needs and develop appropriate interventions to address those needs. We have begun working with key partners and local stakeholders to explore innovative approaches to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes.
The official launch of the initiative kicks off in East Prairie, and a main feature of the week-long activities will be the deployment of HHI’s mobile medical unit to conduct clinics in each of the four counties where our efforts are concentrated: Dunklin, New Madrid, Mississippi and Pemiscot. Local and visiting health providers and non-medical volunteers will partner to conduct free clinics for almost six hundred uninsured patients. The event culminates in Hayti, MO Pemiscot County.
Patients of any age who are uninsured or unable to meet their current premiums and high deductibles will have the opportunity to see one of our doctors for a medical check-up. During the clinic, attendees will also receive valuable information from community service providers, screening for health insurance eligibility and other resources. These services are all free of charge.
HHI also works on a number of fronts to address needs in the U.S. and around the world:
Lack of Access to Healthcare
The Missouri Bootheel is one of the most economically challenged areas of the Mississippi delta and is struggling to maintain adequate healthcare services in several areas. Many residents of these counties have few opportunities to see a doctor, nurse or dentist. Our goal is to work with communities to improve health access and reach those who are most in need.
The Daily Dunklin Democrat posted a story about what we will be doing, here!
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