lwccLive Well Community Centers in Lafayette County are working to serve rural communities in Waverly, Concordia, Carrollton, and Buckner. These health care centers provide services to everyone, particularly those under or uninsured.

Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Elizabeth Orosco speak with Paula Copp, the director of clinical services for the Health Care Collaborative of rural Missouri and the Live Well Community Health Centers.

As Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), the HCC has a mission to “cultivate partnerships and deliver quality health care to strengthen rural communities. The HCC is a rural health network, committed to improving the health status of underserved populations in its service area.”

Copp says these centers exist “to help a population that perhaps doesn’t have access to healthcare, dental care or behavioral health care in their area.”

The programs Live Well Community Health Centers participate in include:

  • 340b partnership with hometown pharmacy
  • HeadStart program outreach services
  • Migrant Farmworkers
  • Dental services in area school districts
  • Psychiatry services

Screening services, including dental, primary care, and immunization updates are offered at Headstart programs, which has a requirement that those screenings must be completed within 30-90 days for the child to participate in those programs.

Hometown in Carrollton is registered in the 340b program and is able to offer a discount on name brand drugs.

The health care centers also negotiate through their partnership to offer services to migrant farmworkers.

“We are educating them, providing services, checking blood sugars, vital signs, and also offering emergency dental servies at their Monday night events,” said Copp.

They also offer dental services with mobile dental unit at Headstart programs, the migrant farmworkers project, as well as in area school districts

For patients who are uninsured or are unable to pay, a slide fee scale is offered based on income. If a family or patient is totally financially compromised, a hardship program is offered as well.

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