According to Jim McKimmy, Chairman, the Antrim County Democrats organization has identified several local human service priorities to support with their fundraising efforts, including the Ironmen Health Center. He said they were able to make the contribution now because of the success of their latest fundraising project—the Bellaire premier of the Michael Moore documentary, “Sicko”.
Access to health care is especially important for adolescents because so many of their health issues affect academic performance. “In addition to physical health issues, teen-agers often deal with other issues that can affect their long-term health, such as substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors, and emotional problems,” Hickman said. “It’s great we can see students for their injuries and illnesses. But with 45-minute appointments, we can also devote time to discussing nutrition, physical activity, vehicle safety and so on. For those students who need additional help, we link them to community resources”.
Sue Luton is one parent who is happy the Ironmen Health Center is there for her two daughters, students at Mancelona High School. Since she has no health insurance, she cannot afford follow-up care one of the girls needs to treat a sport injury. Hickman is helping her to connect her with the care she needs.
The Ironmen Health Center offers primary care to youth age 10 to 21 from Antrim County. Services are billed to Healthy Kids, MI-Child, or private insurance. No one is denied services for inability to pay. The Ironmen Health Center is funded with a grant from the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Department of Community Health.
Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For appointments or additional information about the Ironmen Health Center, call the Health Department at 1-800-432-4121.