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By Carmen Ensinger
The Greene County Health Department is now providing a one-day clinic in Roodhouse for its Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program. The clinic is located on the square in Roodhouse in the former office of Dr. Randy Voigts, just down from the Post Office.
According to Greene County Health Department Public Health Administrator Molly Peters, it is something that is very much needed in the area.
“We had pretty good case numbers for the program from that area and since we closed the office in White Hall several years ago, we have never been able to recoup those numbers,” she said. “So, we thought we would attempt to have the appointments there at the Roodhouse location and, working with Dr. Voigts, we were able to utilize his space to provide those services for the next year.”
Right now, the Roodhouse location will only be open one day a week – on Wednesday. WIC clients, or prospective clients, should call the Greene County Health Department to make an appointment to meet with a representative of the Health Department at the Roodhouse location.
The location opened for business on Dec. 8 and Peters said as they get more settled, more services will be offered.
“We are going to try to allow for COVID vaccine scheduling, as well as flu vaccine scheduling as we gain more structure up there,” she said. “We will be adding more services as we go along, and dependent upon the other services we may be able to utilize out of that building we may add more days in the future.”
Funding for this location is coming from a grant.
“We are using some of our COVID grant funding related to vaccine distribution to go towards the rent on this building for the next 12 months,” Peters said. “That was one of the purposes of doing the vaccine here as well. Plus, the school district liked the idea of having the availability of the vaccine closer for families to take advantage of as well.”
But since they are open, nothing says they can’t offer the other services like the WIC program.
“For some people, transportation is a big issue, so having an office in that area is going to be a big asset,” Peters said. “Perhaps some people didn’t avail themselves of the services because they simply didn’t have a way down to Carrollton to apply. This is going to make it easier on them.”
To make an appointment to come in to the Roodhouse clinic, call 217-942-6961. Or, Peters said the Roodhouse office is a little more open so if someone needs to come in and as questions about WIC or any other program, they can come in and set an appointment.