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Helping Kids in Mississippi Get Health Care

  • October 26, 2010

Across the United States, families that would otherwise fall through cracks are getting care from doctors and nurses at clinics supported by AmeriCares.

Six-month old Anthony is one of the many children in Mississippi who gets check-ups, preventive vaccines and treatment for common childhood illnesses thanks in part to AmeriCares donations and free deliveries of budget-relieving medicines and supplies.

Families with young children, even those covered by Medicaid, often have a hard time getting access to health care because of the high demand for services.

“Babies and young children need regular health assessments to monitor growth and development, as well as essential immunizations,” says Dr. Frank Bia, AmeriCares Medical Director. “With prevention and early intervention, well-child visits help ensure kids can grow up as healthy as possible.”

While Anthony very bravely got vaccinated by Nurse Griffin of the Coastal Family Health Center, other busy health care providers attended to a host of other young patients. Four-year-old Jayden received vaccines against chicken pox and measles. Two-year-old Maleygh, who bumped her head on the kitchen table, received a stitch over her left eye.  

Two-year-old Maleygh received a stitch over her left eye at the Clinic.

Photo by Matt McDermott. All Rights Reserved.

Two-year-old Maleygh received a stitch over her left eye at the Clinic

As more families lose insurance coverage in the U.S., AmeriCares increases its work with community health centers and clinics around the country, including those providing critical health care for children.  

One of AmeriCares leading partners in the region, Coastal Family Health Center, has over 100,000 patient visits each year. Supported by AmeriCares U.S. Medical Assistance Program, the Centers have received nearly $700,000 worth of medicines and medical supplies over the past two years. AmeriCares deliveries helped people suffering from intestinal upset, infections, allergies and many other common health conditions.

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