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ESC Annual Report 2018

HEALTH & WELLNESS

HEALTH & WELLNESS SOLUTIONS For over 47 years, the Women’s Health and Family Planning Clinic has offered confidential, low cost, quality reproductive health care to men, women and adolescents of child-bearing age along with the information and supplies needed to make personal choices regarding the number and spacing of their children. The clinic plays a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services. We provide up-to-date information, clinical expertise (judgement and experience), to assist clients in preventing unintended pregnancies, maintaining their reproductive health, cancer screenings and reducing instances of sexually transmitted infections. This vital healthcare program is funded primarily by the Title X Family Planning Program. It is the only Federal program dedicated solely to the provision of family planning and related preventive health services. The program is designed to provide health care, contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to persons from low income families. For every one dollar the government spends on family planning programs, $7.09 are saved in Medicaid pregnancy, childbirth and related medical expenses. Last year the Joplin, Neosho and McDonald County Women’s Health and Family Planning clinics combined, saved taxpayers a little over one million dollars, $1,032,430 to be exact. An example of a typical Women’s Health and Family Planning client is female, 27 years old, 3 members in her family, no health insurance and a household income of less than $2,000 a month. Based on this, information, the woman would be entitled to a discount of 80% off HEALTH SERVICES HS EHS Children with health insurance 99% 100% Children with a medical home 99% 100% Children up-to-date on immunizations 99% 100% Children with a dental home 99% 98% Children receiving medical exams 100% 100% Children receiving dental services 98% 100% Women’s Health and Family Planning of the health care charges for her well-woman visit; charges that are already lower than the price charged in any local physician office. Why is Family Planning so important? For many women, a family planning visit may be the only source of health care they receive all year and the one they consider as their usual source of medical care. All Missourians deserve access to health care services regardless of their income or insurance status. Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area’s Women’s Health and Family Planning are MO RECEIVES “F” IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH GRADE CARD 10

HEALTH & WELLNESS SOLUTIONS a part of your community. We are experts at what we do. We are dedicated to protecting your health. The Women’s Health and Family Planning program is a Success Story I JUST HAD TWO PARTNERS AND CONTRACTED SYPHILIS… GET TESTED! According to Missouri Family Health Council’s 2016 needs assessment; Missouri receive a F rating on its reproductive health report card. Missouri ranks 22nd in the number of HIV diagnoses, 19th in rates of syphilis, 14th in gonorrhea infections and 21st in chlamydia infections. In October of last year, Ms. Amber noticed a sore in her genital area. She was a bit concerned about it but didn’t feel unwell so decided not to go to the doctor for a couple of weeks. The sore was large and slightly painful. She scheduled her wellwoman exam with Economic Security Corporation’s Women Healthcare and Family Planning Clinic. At her Women’s Health and Family Planning appointment, Donna White, the Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner, completed her well woman exam. This is when she found out that Donna was 99 percent sure it was a Syphilis Chancer because of the size and the way it looked. But because it was painful (Syphilis is normally painless) there was a chance it could be Herpes. The Nurse Practitioner drew her blood to check for Syphilis and a culture was done to check for herpes. service strategy that impacts our National Community Action goal of “communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity.” One week later ESC’s Women’s Health Clinic contacted Ms. Amber with the test results. These are words you don’t want to hear. “You have Syphilis and you must come to the clinic to receive treatment and meet with the Missouri Department of Health’s Disease Investigator.” She was mortified. Ms. Amber hadn’t had multiple partners, so she couldn’t understand how she had contracted this disease. The first thing she was told by the Missouri State Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Investigator was that while Syphilis is most definitely something to be taken seriously, it’s fairly uncommon among heterosexual women, and when a heterosexual woman does test positive for Syphilis that is an indicator that there is an epidemic and it has reached its peak. Like many women, Ms. Amber had little awareness of Syphilis. She said we are taught in school sex education class about the most common STD’s like HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Herpes. Nothing was taught about Syphilis. This disease is not new; it has been around for 500 years. Syphilis, a deadly sexually transmitted infection that, may damage the internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints can lead to blindness, paralysis and dementia if left untreated. Symptoms, painless sores and ulcers, fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes or sore throat, as well as a painless non-itchy rash that spreads any all over the body. These symptoms could easily resemble other diseases. Ms. Amber advice to friends and family is to be aware. It is important to pay attention to what’s happing with your body and see someone who specializes in sexual health and STDs. If syphilis is caught early, it’s totally curable with antibiotics, and even in the later stages, while it may be more difficult, it’s still curable. It has been a long year, she just completed her last follow-up blood test; and is disease free with no longterm damage. She is so grateful for ESC’s Women’s Health and Family Planning’s expertise and the quality of care that she received. So, how did Ms. Amber get this? She doesn’t sleep around; she had only one partner in the last 12 months, two partners in her lifetime. She found out that she had gotten it from her ex-partner now. He was the one who had several partners. Anyone can get syphilis! Get tested! 11

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