The Issue: Preventive Health Care for Kids Living in Poverty
Although preventive health care is crucial to help children thrive in school and have fewer sick days, many low-income families cannot afford regular child physicals. The youth population in Wyandotte County illustrates the link between poverty and health problems—more than a quarter of its children live in poverty according to a report from KCTV 5 News, and it is also rated among the least healthy counties, ranking 97th out of 100 in the state of Kansas according to 2012 health rankings from the Kansas Health Institute.
The Campaign: Physicals and Immunizations for Children
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, matched by MSM Communications to become $600, then Turner House Children's Clinic can provide the physicals and immunizations required to attend school for four children from low-income or uninsured households. The medical care will include hearing and vision screenings, a developmental screening, and immunizations for common childhood illnesses and diseases. Each additional $150 raised will be used to provide another child with a physical and immunizations.
All donations will be matched up to a $300 total by MSM Communications.
Turner House Children's Clinic
On a typical day at the Turner House Children's Clinic, 35–40 children receive care such as physicals, same-day appointments for sick children, or follow-up appointments. The clinic uses a patient-centered home-practice model to ensure that all its patients receive the highest quality of pediatric care possible.
Turner House serves approximately 4,000 patients each year, with services that include preventive and urgent or acute care, prescription-medication programs for uninsured patients, and bilingual staff members to help serve Spanish-speaking families.
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