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Dr. Eshun and a patient on the big blue bus in Clarksdale, MS


A Real Headache

The migraines are under control now. A sixth grader had such bad headaches, sometimes he put his head on his desk and cried.  The teacher would have to stop class to walk him to the nurse’s office.  For three or four days he couldn’t do any schoolwork. His mom worked so far away, she could only take him to the ER at night. The doctor there gave him some pain medication, but that was only a temporary solution.  When we pulled up at the school on the big blue bus, the principal asked us to have a look at him.  We knew it was a larger problem, so we got him to a specialist who prescribed medication to treat the root problem.  Now he brings his medications to school each morning in case he gets a migraine and he’s been able to focus on his schoolwork. 

In Danger

A teenage girl came onto the mobile clinic two weeks ago and said she was feeling really dizzy.  At home and in class, she was feeling weak, having headaches.  Sometimes the teenagers just don’t eat, especially the girls.   But now this child was severely anemic. I gave her a prescription and our team was able to get her an appointment with a specialist.  Next time we are at the school, I’ll check on her.


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.


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.


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.”


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.

Home Institution/Affiliation 
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center, Clarksdale, MS; affiliated with Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, Memphis, TN
Available services 
  • Comprehensive primary care, including well child/adult examinations;
  • Management of acute and chronic illnesses;
  • Screenings, including vision and hearing testing;
  • Family planning services;
  • Health education;
  • Developmental assessments and EPSDT services;
  • Lead screenings;
  • Nutrition services;
  • Behavioral health counseling services;
  • Medication management;
  • Case management;
  • Dental screenings and dental exams;
  • Digital x-rays;
  • Oral health education; and
  • Specialist referrals.
Program Fact sheet