For many of us we don't think twice about going to see our doctor, but not all farm families have that kind of time, money, or accessibility.
In Wisconsin, 4 out of 5 farm families lack health insurance that covers checkups and preventative care. Forty-one percent have high deductible plans that only cover major medical. That's where the Rural Initiative comes into play.
It's a non-profit program that allows health professionals to make at-home visits to farm families. It's a concept referred to as "kitchen wellness," where nurses do basic screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.
Nina Poch, outreach health coordinator for the Rural Health Initiative says, "Some levels will come back high. What we try to do is prevent things We'll teach you, coach you, and come back if you need it. We want you to be aware if it's high so we can get you medical treatment."
Poch says this program is not just for farmers and their families. It's available to anyone who works in the agricultural industry - examples: feed mill, grain elevator, veterinarian, etc.
This is a new program offered in Marathon County. In just the last two months, it's helped 42 rural families.
This service is offered in Shawano, Waupaca, Outagamie, or Marathon Counties. To make an appointment call: (715)650-1027.
You can also find them on Facebook- Rural Health Initiative.
To see their webpage, click on the posted link.
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