Health services expanding in Cherokee County, clinics coming soon


POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:08am

Cherokee County is working on expanding health care services to keep up with new health care law and address the uninsured.

Chris Taylor, Executive Director of Cherokee County Public Health tells KETK, people who don't have health insurance and can't get care in other places need to have a place for treatment.

"We have a new service we are going to expand, a Women's Health and Family Life Planning Clinic," says Taylor. "We are a Title X funded clinic and we also have state funds to support the growth of women's health."

The new health program will launch March 1, 2014.

Women's health, immunization, personal health care, breast and cervical screenings are services Cherokee County is making more available. Taylor says with more clinics available, people will visit the emergency room less at the two main hospitals.

"Jacksonville Clinic is sort of our headquarters, our home base," explained Taylor. "We are doing traveling clinics down to the city of Rusk and the city of Alto and what we want to do is bring those services into the rural community."

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis says people are so afraid of the new health care system and its changes. He tells KETK the county is being active and has secured funding to expand health services at a time when the community really needs it.

"This program brings health care to these individuals so they can get back to work and get back to volunteering just like those of us who have insurance," said Taylor.

To get more information on the county's health information, visit the Cherokee County Public Health website.


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