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[AUG. 24, 2004]  Between July 15 and Aug. 15, the Rural Health Partnership staff provided 180 school and athletic physicals on the mobile health unit -- triple the number provided in 2003. Though its primary purpose for the past 6 years has been to make preventive health care services available close to home for rural citizens of Logan County, school physicals have always been provided on the mobile unit.

The 36-foot-long unit is staffed by a nurse practitioner from Family Medical Center, as well as three public health nurses from the Logan County Health Department who alternate days on the unit.

The Rural Health Partnership thanks the following schools for allowing them to provide services during school registration times:

  • Lincoln Community High School
  • Lincoln Zion Lutheran
  • Chester-East Lincoln
  • District 27
  • West Lincoln-Broadwell

School and athletic physicals continue to be available at all of the mobile health unit's regularly scheduled stops.

The mobile unit helps rural residents who have difficulty accessing regular health care services by making regular visits to 12 Logan County communities, Lincoln Wal-Mart parking lot and Eaton. Services available on board the mobile health unit include immunizations, blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol checks, injections, foot care, physicals, management of acute and chronic illness, and health education. Patients do not need appointments and no one is denied services.

 

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If you have suggestions for other locations where the mobile unit could reach a significant number of Logan County residents, please contact the Healthy Communities Partnership director, Kristi Lessen, at 732-2161, ext. 409.

The Healthy Communities Partnership and all of its activities are made accessible through grant funding, thanks to SIU School of Medicine, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Logan County Board. If you are interested in supporting the partnership financially or through volunteering, please contact the partnership director.

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