SPRINGFIELD, IL-(Effingham Radio)- Community Health Workers committed to mitigating COVID-19 will offer free health clinics this October in the open air of four rural Illinois communities as immunocompromised patients everywhere manage chronic conditions under the pandemic’s looming threat.
A partnership between the Illinois Public Health Association and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois enables these mobile clinics, which will include blood glucose readings, high blood pressure checks, A1c hemoglobin tests for diabetics, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference measurements, urinalysis tests, and blood draws for people at risk of kidney disease. Participants will also meet with a clinician who can explain test results and ways to improve long-term health outcomes.
Registration is open now at nkfi.org/get-screened for the following health clinics:
October 25, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Gymnasium
500 N. Pleasant Ave.
October 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ron Diehl Recreation Center
1906 S. 4th St.
October 27, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Douglas County Health Department
1250 U.S. Highway 36
October 28, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
New Life Church Banquet Center
1419 N. Bowman Ave.
Support for these clinics comes from the Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Primary Health Care Association as they fulfill a State of Illinois Department of Public Health grant program that assists communities grappling with the long-term effects of COVID-19. Community members living with kidney disease are more susceptible to severe illness, and some studies suggest kidney disease incidences have been overlooked since the COVID-19 pandemic began.