NEWSMAKER — HCC of Rural Missouri to celebrate Rural Health Day with a day service

| November 9, 2017
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LEXINGTON, Mo.- Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri is celebrating National Rural Health Day and the Great American Smoke Out, next week, November 16, 2017, with a day of service.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health set aside the third Thursday of ever November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. It’s an opportunity to “celebrate the power of rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded and can do spirits that prevail in rural America. It’s also a chance to highlight the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face.

This year’s celebration is dedicated to the late Melanie Corporon, a well-known advocate for the under-served in west central Missouri.¬† In her career she championed giving those in need a “hand up” and played a crucial role in connecting individuals with educational opportunities, food, shelter, clothing, and medical assistance.

To commemorate the life and legacy of Corporon, a day of service will take place that includes a food drive. Mayor Jerry Brown will honor Corporon with a Rural Health Day Proclamation at 12:00 p.m., in front of the courthouse. After the proclamation ceremony, a truck will be on hand to collect and deliver donated items to the Lexington Food Pantry. For students interested in the health professions, the day also includes activities and access to HCC’s warehouse where social service providers may collect goods and supplies to distribute to those in need.

In conjunction with Rural¬† Health Day, the HCC is observing the Great American Smoke Out. Since 1976, the third Thursday in November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out. It aims to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for 1 day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.



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