Located at the crossroads of the blues tradition and the civil rights movement, Clarksdale, Mississippi is no stranger to struggle. Today, in the counties served by the Children’s Health Fund’s Mississippi program, more than 33% of all children live below the poverty line. Many families served by the program are single parent families, often uninsured or underinsured, living in poverty.
OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO CARE
The region is troubled by such pervasive barriers to health care as lack of transportation, lack of insurance, geographic isolation and lack of financial resources. The Clarksdale program combats these challenges by providing comprehensive primary care without regard to ability to pay.
HEALTHY = READY TO LEARN
On the big blue bus, Dr. Dorcas Eshun, a pediatrician originally from West Africa, looks forward to the visits she makes to area schools to treat kids who might otherwise not get to see a doctor. “We go to various public schools in Coahoma County, and sometimes out of the county, once or twice a month. Some schools we visit to screen kids for vision or hearing problems.”
Dr. Eshun treats such conditions as allergies, anemia, eye problems, headaches, fatigue, and other problems that can interfere with the children’s ability to do their best in school. “Asthma is real problem here,” she says. “And the problem has been increasing related to the pesticides used by area farms.”
CONTINUITY OF CARE
Patients from the mobile clinic also come to the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center if they need additional services or treatment, ensuring continuity of care.