Agriculture continues to be one of the most challenging occupations related to health and safety, yet many farm families struggle obtaining preventive medical care because of the unique demands of their profession.
These obstacles include limited access to care due to driving distance, lack of or limited insurance coverage, and long working hours.
In an effort to eliminate these obstacles, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill is pleased to announce the launch of a Rural Outreach Program to help farm families stay healthy and prevent life threatening illness and injuries.
This FREE program features an Agri-Certified Registered Nurse from Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center to visit participant’s home or farm with a customized visit featuring testing, education and available resources.
“We realize that for farm families, time is a major factor in the ability to seek medical care,” said Anne Mathson, Ministry Good Samaritan Foundation and Community Outreach Director. “It is our hope that this convenient program will catch and prevent illness early and reduce medical expenses for farm families.”
A highlight of the program is full-blood panel testing on site with quick results to aide in the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
Education about health issues related to improper respiratory, hearing and eye protection and proper protective clothing will be provided along with screening, education and resources for children living and or working on the family farm are an important part of the program.
Community support for Ministry Good Samaritan’s Rural Outreach Program is provided by the Fraternal Order of Eagles-Merrill #584 and the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation.
“We are grateful for the support of the Merrill Eagles and our Foundation for this important initiative,” added Ministry Good Samaritan President Kris McGarigle. “Eighty-three percent of Lincoln County farms are operated by individual families and we hope this will provide a level of support for the estimated one in five farmers that are uninsured.”
Staff from Ministry Good Samaritan will have information on this new effort at the Lincoln County June Dairy Breakfast which is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 at the Smith Center in Merrill.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Agri-Certifed Nurse as part of Ministry Good Samaritan’s Rural Outreach Program, please contact Teresa Turner at 715.539.2117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.