POMEROY — Residents of Appalachia sometimes lack resources to take advantage of health initiatives available to them.
A large problem in rural areas is lack of transportation to and from health care facilities.
With the goal of improving the health and well-being of under-served populations, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University began a Community Health Program in 1994. Their goal was to develop and deliver quality medical and health care services for children and adults southeast Ohio residents in need of free and low-cost health care.
The free medical clinics are aimed at addressing unmet health care needs, and are often geared toward clients and patients who lack adequate medical and health care alternatives. Their services are provided by physicians, optometrists, students and other health care professionals volunteering their time and expertise to the program.
One of their programs is a Mobile Health Clinic that travels to surrounding southeast Ohio counties. Each year, two 40-foot mobile clinics travel throughout southeast Ohio, providing clinics at churches, community centers and schools.
Lenora Leifheit, a registered nurse, is preparing for a CHP visit Saturday at the Mulberry Community Center in Pomeroy.
Leifheit is the only parish nurse in Meigs County and provides holistic health and wellness to residents. Her busy schedule takes her all over the county in efforts to provide health care for those most in need.
She encourages Meigs residents to take advantage of this service on Saturday, and will answer questions regarding the health screening at 740-992-7400 or 740-992-5836.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.