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Well being disparities focused with new Well being on Wheels outreach van

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Boone County underserved adults, who might not have a main care physician or know the place to show for sources on different well being wants, now have a brand new choice from Columbia/Boone County Public Well being and Human Companies.

The division unveiled its new Well being on Wheels outreach van Friday with a ribbon-cutting.

The van and its employees are supported by two grant packages, which embrace the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capability Group Well being Employee Initiative and the Native Public Well being Disparities Initiative. Each initiatives are supported by contracts with the state’s Public Well being and Senior Companies Division and by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, respectively.

There are two stations within the van the place Boone County adults can obtain a well being evaluation from division group well being employees, mentioned Jennifer Clark-Williams, one of many supervisors of the outreach van program.

“That could be a kind we’ll fill out to determine the place (an individual is) with their well being,” she mentioned.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning, fourth from left, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Kip Kendrick and Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe cut the ribbon Friday on the department's new Health on Wheels outreach van, joined by department staff, city and county representation and Columbia Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.  Also next to Browning is Jennifer Clark-Williams, one of the program supervisors.

This could embrace fundamental questions, reminiscent of how usually vegatables and fruits are eaten and if an individual sees or has a main care physician for normal check-ups. The outreach program goals to assist with group well being points associated to hypertension, weight problems, diabetes, COVID-19 and extra.

The particular person assessed at that time may be a part of a three-month program wherein they obtain an everyday name and assist the place that particular person can join with different well being sources in the neighborhood.

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