Health in the Heartland
Heart to Heart International – USA believes every person deserves a healthy life. Unfortunately, well-being and a good quality of life are not the reality for many. Heart in the Heartland initiative is working with partners to change this reality and improve health in the rural communities.
(Hayti, MO) — Heart to Heart International invited 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 started off with a series of dental and medical clinics beginning with a Dental Health Day on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at Lighthouse Church in Dexter, Missouri. The event was 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 mobilized 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 were uninsured or unable to meet their current premiums and high deductible had the opportunity to see one of our doctors for a medical check-up. During the clinic, attendees had 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.
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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