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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 6½ 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
School and athletic physicals continue
to be available at all of the mobile health unit's regularly
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.
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.