POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 6:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30pm
CHEROKEE COUNTY (KETK) — Cherokee County Public Health has been awarded money from the state to expand health services. They'll be traveling to residents in rural communities to offer their new Women's Health and Family Life Planning Clinic services, primary care, general health and weekly traveling clinics, which will be open for service in April.
In March, five kick-off events will be held in Jacksonville. "The hope is we can eliminate some of the environmental barriers that folks have to getting care such as transportation," said Chris Taylor, Executive Director of Cherokee County Public Health. "We are going to be traveling to Rusk on Mondays and travel to Alto on Thursdays," said Taylor.
Taylor says, they're getting a lot of support. "We're very excited to partner with the University of Tyler, their nurse practitioner students will come out and they'll get some clinical experience working with their teachers and professors and we'll see patients out here at our clinic kick off."
We're told Cherokee County Public Health is partnering with the City of Rusk and the Alto Economic Development Corporation to bring appointments. "We have a big population of Hispanic females, a Hispanic population period that need our services including some of the African American community, I believe the opportunity is going to arise for them to actually to be able to seek services here in Cherokee County," said Veronica Trujillo, Vocational Nurse at Cherokee County Public Health.
It will also be affordable health care. 'It's going to be anywhere from zero to $30, so the most an individual will pay is $30, which is based on the federal poverty level scale," said Taylor.
Cherokee County Public Health, 510 E Commerce St, Jacksonville, TX 75766, (903) 586-6191 .
Traveling Clinic locations:
Services to the Alto community will be provided at 123 Busy Bee Street and in the Rusk Community at 555 Euclid Street (Civic Center).
Weekly traveling clinics will begin April 7th (Mondays in Rusk) and April 10th (Thursdays in Alto) from 9am until noon and 1pm to 4pm.
Information released to KETK from Cherokee County Public Health:
A kick-off event for the new clinic will be held at the Jacksonville facility, located at 510 E. Commerce on March 4th, 6th, 24th 25th and 27th, from 8am until noon and 1pm until 6pm. CCPHD is partnering with the University of Texas at Tyler, Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program, to provide services that include breast and cervical health screening, primary care services and check-ups, pap tests, diagnostics and more on those days. We hope to have this become an annual event, and it marks the first time an event of this type and scale will be available to area citizens. Individuals can call 903.586.6191 to see if they are eligible and to schedule their appointment during the kick-off event, or at a time more convenient for them.