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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Spotlight On: Health Services Clinic

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For people in search of affordable health services, some types of care would be hard to come by if not for the County’s Health Services Clinic, part of the Department of Public Health.

“We provide preventative care that can be lifesaving. For instance, immunizations prevent the spread of some pretty terrible illnesses, like measles,” says Health Services Director Samantha VanNatta. “Having low-cost services for children and adults who qualify is a huge benefit to our community.”

Residents in western St. Charles County now have the benefit of a clinic closer to home after Health Services recently opened its second location at 600 Medical Drive, Suite 216A in Wentzville. The primary Health Services Clinic is at 1650 Boone's Lick Road in St. Charles.

“Our clinic on the east side of the county was a long drive for clients in the Wentzville area, so we recognized the need for a closer location to provide easier access to care,” VanNatta says.

Over 20,000 clinic visitors each year receive preventive care at little to no cost, including heart health checks, nutrition assistance, and testing and treatment for communicable diseases. Sexually transmitted infections are also a priority. That’s important, considering Missouri has one of the highest STI rates in the U.S., according to CDC data.

“There are not a lot of options for STI testing in this county at a reasonable price,” VanNatta says. “The work for testing and treatment we provide is vital to prevent outbreaks.”

The clinics’ services also include the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. WIC provides food assistance, nutrition education and health consultations to qualifying families of young children who would otherwise struggle.

Another program, the Travel Health Clinic, identifies specific health precautions based on a person’s travel destination—and can also help clients apply for a U.S. passport!

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